GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

Stephanie Franzoni

Stephanie Franzoni, MA, LPC

I BELIEVE EVERY CLIENT CAN REACH THEIR POTENTIAL WITH THE RIGHT SUPPORT AND THE RIGHT TOOLS.


SPECIALTIES

COUPLES, INFIDELITY, & RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
NON-TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
SEX THERAPY
LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
TRAUMA/PTSD

Lincoln Park Therapy Group | Chicago

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

A person’s life is made up through their unique stories and experiences. Each individual is the owner of their story. As a therapist, I work to understand each client through their subjective experience and create space to process what the experience means to that person. I believe that therapy should honor, validate, and work within the client’s lived experience, while also helping them to take responsibility for their own personal growth.

 

I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP YOU FEEL EMPOWERED TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF.

WHEN I WORK WITH CLIENTS, I USE A STRENGTHS-BASED AND CLIENT-CENTERED APPROACH INCORPORATED WITH MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION. I HELP CLIENTS EXPLORE THEIR PAST, AND IDENTIFY HOW THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR FUTURE. I FOCUS A LOT ON CREATING A STRONG THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP, AS I FIND TRUST TO BE A KEY FACTOR IN HELPING CLIENTS EMBRACE THE CHANGES THEY WANT TO MAKE IN LIFE.

Every client is different and I use an integrative approach to meet your own individual needs. During our work together, I will help you identify your strengths and embrace your experiences in order to cultivate self-acceptance and personal growth. Through self-exploration, we can work to shift limiting beliefs and identify a fresh perspective that aligns with your goals and values. I will help you make meaning of your own lived experiences and find motivation and hope for the future you wish to create.

 

When I work with clients, I incorporate THREE THINGS to create positive change:

strengths | lived experience | accountability

My therapeutic style is direct, compassionate, and client-centered. I use an integrative approach, drawing upon a variety of orientations including solution-focused therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. I create a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to share their concerns and actively work towards their goals.
 

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and major life changes. I specialize in couples facing relationship challenges, infidelity, and non-traditional relationship preferences such as BDSM, kink, and consensual non- monogamous relationships. I also work with individuals and couples in the LGBTQ+ community, especially gender expansive and sexually diverse clients and their partners.

My area of expertise is helping individuals and couples work through the barriers to happiness and fulfillment.

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HOW LONG WILL I NEED THERAPY?

Everyone is different, and the time you need to achieve your goals depends on many factors. I like to tell clients that therapy is just one hour a week — therefore, it’s the work we do during session plus the work you do outside of the session that will get you to your goals as quickly as possible. Once you start to see the little wins, the momentum builds and we can use that to create even more change together.
 
Kirsten Hall, LPC | Lincoln Park Therapy Group

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

  • I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology from North Park University.
  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
  • I have completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course by Dr. Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy.
  • I am an active member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
  • I am working toward becoming a certified sex therapist.
“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” ​- Michelangelo
 

Loves spending time with fur babies

Enjoys indoor gardening

Loves to travel

DO YOU WISH YOU WERE BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE CHALLENGING SITUATIONS? DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO NAVIGATE LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS?

I would be honored to partner with you and help you discover the tools that can help make life more manageable. Together, we will find ways for you to meet your goals and increase your happiness and life satisfaction.