Kristin Francis, Psy D. (Hillcrest)
Licensed psychologist specializing in individual therapy
Dr. Francis is a licensed psychologist with 13 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults who seek mental health services for a wide variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, PTSD, grief and loss, life transitions, identity issues, relational problems, and severe mental illness including psychosis. She has experience working with clients from various cultural backgrounds and ethnicities as well as the LGBTQI community.
Dr. Francis believes in a client-centered approach to therapy where the client is the expert in their own life. She provides a safe and welcoming environment where clients can feel free to openly explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She works collaboratively with her clients to identify and bolster their strengths, acknowledge and work on barriers, and help each client live their most fulfilled and authentic life. Treatment involves meeting clients where they are at and adjusting treatment to each client’s specific needs. Dr. Francis uses techniques influenced by Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy for trauma treatment. She is also trained in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), a treatment for clients with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.
Dr. Francis received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and her Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego. She has worked at residential treatment facilities, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient community programs, and long-term residential substance abuse treatment facilities. Dr. Francis has also taught psychology at the graduate level at San Diego University for Integrative Studies and has provided clinical supervision for trainees.