Cara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) with extensive clinical experience as a therapist working with adults and young adults.

Psychotherapy, trauma recovery and addictions counseling

Using a combination of methods, Cara helps individuals to become more
self-aware, resolve past conflicts and move forward in their lives to achieve healing and lasting well-being. Her training includes:

Psychodynamic Therapy – a therapy that increases self awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on current behavior.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) – a powerful therapy that is proven to be effective in the treatment of trauma. Through this approach, clients reprocess trauma and can recollect experiences in a new and less distressing way. E.M.D.R. is also highly effective in treating other conditions including panic disorders, addictions, phobias, performance anxiety and stress. Cara is certified in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Somatic Experiencing® – a body-awareness approach to trauma, based on the understanding that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. Having completed the 3-year Somatic Experiencing training, Cara has obtained a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) certificate.

Substance Abuse Counseling – An abstinence-based approach for various stages of recovery. Note: This method can include short-term couples therapy for individuals living with a spouse or significant other.  Cara is versed in the 12-Step Recovery model.

Motivational Interviewing – A directive, client-centered counseling approach that elicits behavioral change.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (D.B.T.) – Individual and group therapy based on D.B.T. life skills modules including: core mindfulness skills; interpersonal effectiveness skills; emotion regulation skills; and distress tolerance skills. By building these skills, individuals can improve relationships; decrease stress; reduce symptoms related to depression and anxiety; and achieve emotional balance.

Workshops for stress relief and self discovery – Cara presents a number of workshops that offer individuals affordable opportunities for stress relief and self-discovery.

Cara integrates her experience in meditation, music and art in all of the services that she offers. Her approach emphasizes compassion, mindfulness, healing and self-discovery.

Insurance – Cara Franchi is a licensed social worker in New York State and an out-of-network provider. To find out whether you have out-of-network coverage, contact your insurance provider.