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Kay Sanchez-Franco

AMFT

I tend to think of therapy as tupperware, it’s the container where we can unload what is weighing us down. Our personal backgrounds; ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class/socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, (dis)abilities, to name a few, are integral to who we are. These aspects can have a deep impact on the way we view, think of, the world and experience mental health. This is why a multicultural approach lays the foundation for my work with clients. Navigating healing while at the same time still existing within systemic oppression, marginalization, and erasure/assimilation is not easy. This is a safe container to do so.

I pull from a wide variety of modalities and cater my clinical approach to each of my clients. I tend to favor drama therapy (the use of creative/performance art forms in sessions), CBT, TF-CBT, Attachment, Narrative, Play Therapy (not just for kids, adults too), DBT, Somatic, and Psychodynamic models.

These modalities can assist clients in managing various issues including; PTSD, complex/generational trauma, relationship, marital, parenting, and family conflict, identity issues, gender & LGBTQIA+ issues, multicultural and Mexican immigrant issues, and ADHD symptom management among others. I am especially passionate about supporting families, couples, Youth (6-17yrs), the young at heart, and those who feel they have lost or never known their inner child.

My education includes a BA in Theatre Performance & Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, and an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. I’ve lived in and call many different places home from NYC, NJ, GA, Mexico City, and of course San Diego! In my down time I surf, run, cook with friends, and explore interior design.

I can’t wait to learn about your story and support you in writing your next chapter.