Francesca Maxime,LMSW, SEP, CMT-P, FOT, IFS, RLT

Francesca Maxime,LMSW, SEP, CMT-P, FOT, IFS, RLT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Life Coach, Psychotherapist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMSW - 109378
Secondary Credential: LCSW - 226569
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Rates for coaching and psychotherapy are $375 per 45 minutes for individuals or $395 per 45 minutes for couples/relationships or adult families. 60 and 90-minute sessions are prorated at the above rates. Reduced rate info is available for on my website (click the link) in the FAQs section. I typically see individual adults once a week or biweekly for 45 or 60 minutes, and couples and adult families for 90 minutes biweekly. We can discuss your needs during a free brief consultation call on phone or video.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

808 Union Street
Suite 3A, Office 6
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Mastic Beach, New York 11951

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My Approach to Helping

My clients often come to me when they're feeling stuck, a little helpless or hopeless, angry/upset, frustrated, withdrawn, shut down, anxious or worried, or in a process of grief. Sometimes they've tried talk therapy before and it hasn't helped. I'm different: as a somatic coach and psychotherapist, I work to help you understand the "why behind the what," meaning, there are good reasons there is part of you that reacts in the way it does, even if those patterns don't make sense on the surface and may damage the relationships you care about. By using a combo of mindfulness, somatic regulation, Internal Family Systems parts work, insight, and Buddhist psychology, we will aim to create a relationally safe enough container to dip into exploring emotions without being overwhelmed, unpack the origins of some deep-seated self-concepts, and learn about how our brains and bodies work to help protect us, but can sometimes get stuck in old patterns. Then we can aim to introduce showing up in new ways.

More Info About My Practice

I have had my own personal journey with healing. I was in talk therapy for two decades. It didn't really move the needle on my healing. Sure, I unpacked some of the things about my childhood that influenced adult patterns that weren't working for me. But I didn't have any self-regulation or self-compassion tools to change from the inside out because everything was cognitive. Somatic (body-based "bottom-up") healing and mindfulness were game-changers. By being able to be aware of my thoughts without feeling merged with them, I began to slowly tolerate the sensations in my body that used to feel so overwhelming and move from unconscious, maladaptive reactions to grounded, appropriate responses that were rooted in better boundaries, more self-compassion, and greater relational capacity. As such, my professional and personal life began getting so much better, and I was able to make big changes and move from surviving to thriving. It would be a privilege to support you on your journey.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I offer both coaching and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy requires me to give you a "diagnosis" of a "disorder" you have. I don't love this model, because I see just about everything we do as an adaptive responsive that was once necessary for our survival. Our work means we begin to explore the origins of that response, allow for a corrective experience in real time, and then make room for more currently adaptive ways of being that help us move from surviving to thriving. I've found the combination of mindfulness, somatic experiencing and internal family systems work, rooted in an anti-oppressive, systems-thinking-oriented, equity-based lens to be supportive to our work.

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    My clients are often young professionals in their 20's, 30's, and 40's looking for more clarity, balance, and ease. Perhaps you're more anxious or irritable than usual. Maybe your relationships aren't going the way you'd like. Perhaps issues around your identity have come up recently that you'd like to get more clarity on. Or maybe your old coping mechanisms no longer work. I can help! I offer somatic psychotherapy and coaching to adults, couples, and adult families and groups in Brooklyn and online worldwide.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • BIPOC

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Brainspotting (BSP)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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