Tracee Francis, PsyD

Tracee Joy Francis
Psychologist & Neuropsychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients (updated March 2, 2017)

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    About Dr. Francis

  • Offers psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluations
  • Specialities include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and testing to help individuals with more severe psychiatric and neurological challenges
  • Interest in disentangling psychiatric and neurological symptoms to determine the best course of treatment for patients and their families
  • Training in multiple therapeutic approaches with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Member of the group practice, Azimuth Psychological

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Tracee Francis is a clinical psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluations. She has worked extensively with individuals across the lifespan, but currently works to provide quality care to adolescents and adults. 

As a therapist, Dr. Francis strives to create an empathic therapeutic environment where patients feel safe to grow and explore themselves. She comes from a diverse training background and therapeutically utilizes an eclectic approach with a focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Francis believes that therapy is a fluid process and as such endeavors to meet her patients where they are emotionally on any given day. Her specialties include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, and utilizing testing to help serve those suffering from more severe psychiatric and neurological challenges. She is also interested in disentangling psychiatric and neurological symptoms in order to determine the best course of treatment for patients and their families. 

In addition to therapy, Dr. Francis conducts neuropsychological assessments with individuals in late adolescence and in adults with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, traumatic brain injury, dementia, epilepsy, brain tumors, depression, anxiety, intellectual disabilities, and other psychiatric and neurologic conditions.  

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"In life, we all struggle with some kind of hardship. Culturally, there is a tendency to minimize our pain. Sometimes you’ll hear people say, ‘Oh my issue is not as bad as that other person’s issue.’ Minimizing our pain doesn’t feel very good. Learning not to minimize our pain is an important skill to develop, as is learning to sit with the discomfort of something that hurts. The way we think about ourselves is very important. If we can focus on being able to shift our thinking and our attitudes, we can see profound effects in our lives."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Azimuth Psychological, Clinical Psychologist, 2015 - present
North Shore Medical Center, Staff Neuropsychologist, 2015 - present  
Integrated Center for Child Development, Staff Neuropsychologist 2015
Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center Division of Public Psychiatry of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, 2012 - 2014
Harvard Medical School, Predoctoral Internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center Division of Public Psychiatry of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, 2011 - 2012

Adler University, PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology, 2006 - 2012
University of Waterloo, Masters of Applied Science in Developmental Communication Science, 2004 - 2005
Wilfrid Laurier University,  BA in Psychology, 1998 - 2002

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Job Stress – Career satisfaction; navigating through dealing with challenging coworkers / supervisors
Neuropsychological Assessment – Testing to determine diagnostic clarification, treatment and intervention planning, and cognitive strengths and weaknesses


OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English