Licensed Psychologist, PhD
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Location (Upper West Side)
Offers remote video sessions
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Dr. Fabiana Franco is a Clinical Psychologist in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in trauma, eating disorders, and addictions. Dr. Franco works with teenagers, adults, couples, and families. She has extensive experience working with individuals who have a history of trauma, including complex trauma or early childhood trauma that has not been resolved. She also sees clients who are navigating substance use challenges in addition to trauma.
Dr. Franco works with individuals in eating disorder recovery as well. She has lived on five continents and speaks five languages, so she is comfortable working with individuals from all over the world.
Dr. Franco uses a trauma-informed and compassionate approach and believes in utilizing multiple treatment modalities rather than just one. When working with a client, she looks at what is happening in the room along with what has happened in the past. She also takes a team approach and has a number of psychiatrists, nutritionists, primary care providers, and other professionals she works with in order to ensure her client’s needs are being met.
Dr. Franco takes the time to establish a rapport with her clients and makes a concerted effort to create a safe space where they feel comfortable talking about their trauma. She has both a national and international certification as a trauma expert. Her office is located near the 57th Street subway station.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Cultural adjustment – Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Dr. Franco is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial consultation: $400
Individual sessions: $350
Couples and family sessions: $450
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered on a case by case basis.
Therapist's note: Dr. Franco can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“I believe that personal change takes courage. Through compassionate and empathetic listening, thoughtful questioning and honest feedback, I strive to help you gain greater insight into what is affecting your quality of life. I provide a safe and nurturing space where you can feel comfortable expressing your concerns, fears and desires. The primary focus is to help you find the necessary tools to create change and find that there is great value, beauty, strength, and incredible growth in self-discovery.”
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2003 - Present
The George Washington University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2004 - Present
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The George Washington University, PhD in Clinical Psychology