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David B.
March 19, 2014

It is difficult for me to distill in a paragraph how much going to Jennifer has meant to me. I decided to update my review, because I have been coming to see her on an off for a few years now, and I can offer perspective to others who might be considering a therapist. I am one of those people, given how I felt about myself at times and how chaotically my relationships were going, should have probably seen a counselor years ago. I thought about it, but never did. When I found Jennifer, I had hit an emotional rock bottom. She is empathic, caring, kind, and wise. She also knows her stuff. I could not have made it though a very difficult time without her.

I am now married to a wonderful, emotionally healthy woman. Although she does not do couples counseling with us, I continue to see Jennifer at times in part to make sure that old demons do not rear their ugly head.

Richard T.
March 19, 2014

I've really gotten a lot of benefit from talking to Jennifer... she is extremely smart and can usually get right to the heart of the issue pretty quickly. She's also just enjoyable to talk to... she has a good sense of humor and is understanding/empathetic (without letting you get away with anything). Overall I found it really useful.

Jim H.
March 19, 2014

Three words: Professional, Competent, Approachable

My wife and I have worked with Jennifer DeFrancisco for over three years (our case is an unusually tough one). This has provided ample time to observe, learn about, and evaluate Jennifer.

Jennifer keeps current and enhances her already impressive depth and diversity of knowledge, experience and skills through ongoing professional and scholarly activities. She is informative on a wide range of topics and very flexible with alternate approaches when we encounter roadblocks in the process. Her feedback is consistently thoughtful and insightful.

Jennifer deals with difficult and frustrating resistance, including abuse for her efforts, on a regular basis. She weathers this with the patience of a near-saint. Her commitment to her clients remains absolute.

Jennifer practices nonjudgmental acceptance, treating clinets' issues and feelings with respect, understanding, empathy and compassion. She successfully walks a very fine line in the few cases where she feels that she must be assertive.

Jennifer continues to reveal policies and procedures she employs to protect and respect her clients' privacy and sensitivities.

Jennifer allows her clients to get to know her as a person and earns a relationship as a caring and trusted friend. She demonstrates genuine personal emotional concern for her clients' welfare.

Jennifer has repeatedly placed her clients before her personal life. Being a therapist is clearly not just a job for her - it is what and who she is.

Mark S.
March 19, 2014

I've known Jennifer De Francisco for many years and I always feel very comfortable talking with her. Highly recommended!

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Every patient is a person, not a problem. Your situation is unique and cannot be solved with a cookie-cutter approach. I will take my expertise helping people work through their issues, and we will work together to understand your feelings and where you need to go. You don’t have to be alone – I will be available to you as the personal advocate for your mental health.

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