Associate Therapist and Family Therapist in Simi Valley
I’m Franchesca Akia
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 138028
On the outside everything seems “fine,” maybe even “great”. But on the inside, something is off. Perhaps you, or someone you love, feel like there is something missing and you’re not quite sure what it is or how to find it. Maybe you feel like an imposter because you are unsure of who you are or you hide beneath what is expected of you. Perhaps you feel unseen or unheard. Internal struggles can impact your well-being and affect other areas of your life. Oftentimes, these struggles lead to feeling depressed, anxious, dull, or unmotivated. They affect your ability to truly enjoy life, be your authentic self, and have more meaningful relationships.
Together, we will identify patterns that stop you from getting the most out of life. We will leverage your strengths to create the changes you want to see. We will identify internal and external challenges that hinder your growth. We will build insight and awareness into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We will collaboratively build lasting change in your life.
I believe that it is crucial to create a safe and trusting environment where adults, children, teens, and families can freely express their thoughts and emotions. Working with children in therapy often involves creative activities and play to encourage communication and understanding. Teens often benefit from having a supportive and non-judgemental space where they can learn to overcome their unique challenges and learn healthy coping skills. Lastly, as a parent, realizing that your child or teen may need therapy can evoke a range of emotions and can oftentimes feel overwhelming. I’m here to support parents and help them feel more confident in parenting their child or teen.
I am passionate about helping others navigate difficult circumstances through self-empowerment, self-compassion, and validation. I help my clients set goals, make changes, and find hope and understanding in their healing process. My goal as your therapist is to guide you on your path to self-discovery as you take charge of the life you want to create for yourself by providing support and a safe space for you.
My Therapy Specialties Include:
Child, Teen and Family Therapy
I find that the most important element is the connection between you and your therapist. That is why my approach begins with building trust with you by getting to know you, your child, your partner, or your family, through creating an emotionally safe and non-judgmental environment for everyone. My approach is collaborative, genuine, and empowering as I guide you through your healing journey. I enjoy collaborating with my clients because I firmly believe that you are the expert in your life.
My approach is warm and empathetic, combined with evidence-based therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and client-centered therapy. I believe in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. I believe in the importance of integrating mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care into the therapeutic process. Through unwavering support and empathetic guidance, I am committed to helping you on your path to emotional healing and personal growth.
Education and Background
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from California State University of Northridge. During my career in marketing, I discovered my passion for helping others in a deeper and more meaningful way through counseling. I then decided to further my education by receiving my Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. During my graduate studies, I interned at a nonprofit organization where I worked primarily with the LGBTQ+ population. I have also worked at a substance use treatment facility prior to Simi Psychological Group. Throughout my career as a therapist, I’ve worked with couples, families, and adults with a variety of diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Located in Simi Valley, CA
I also serve Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch and the surrounding communities.
Now offering online therapy in los angeles, ventura county and throughout California