KATE FRANZA LCSW,CADC-II
Welcome and congratulations. You have made it through the hardest part by deciding to find a therapist. Maybe you are going through a major life change, struggling with your relationship or with understanding your sexuality. Perhaps you've attempted to stop using substances and haven't been successful. These are just a few examples of why people choose to find a therapist. Every experience is individual and therapy can't come in a "one size fits all" approach. Harm Reduction means that we set goals at a pace that works for you. Almost any of life's challenges can be approached with a harm reduction philosophy, it is not limited to treating substance use. If you want to break patterns and reduce negative behaviors, a harm reduction approach allows you to make change at a comfortable pace. I will provide you with the right tools, so you will begin to trust that ALL feelings pass and that THIS is manageable.
“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else's. So the path has to be entirely your own"
My name is Kate Franza and I am a licensed therapist located in beautiful San Francisco.
I strongly believe that the relationship between a therapist and a client needs to feel like a partnership, where we work together to determine your goals.
I collaborate with my clients to help identify barriers to wellness, reduce suffering and allow clients to gain a deeper understanding into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors through the process of self exploration.
I have extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ community, with a special focus on members of the trans community. I am a credentialed substance use counselor, and specialize in working with adults interested in reducing the negative consequences associated with their substance use. I have a deep understanding of the complexity of a dual diagnosis and the biological, emotional and physical aspects of substance use. In addition to my private practice, I am currently the Director of Programs at an LGBTQ health organization.
PTSD & Trauma
Sexuality and Gender Identity
Harm Reduction & Addiction
Career and work challenges
This psycho-educational group uses a nonjudgemental approach to substance use goal setting. You will learn practical skills including dealing with your inner critic and how to develop individualized goals that work for you. You will gain awareness and understanding by exploring your relationship to drugs and alcohol. In addition, I incorporate CBT and mindfulness practices into the group. This group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM in Oakland. Groups are $50 per session and I reserve very limited spots for sliding scale clients. Please contact me directly to sign up and find out when the next 8 week series is starting.
Substance Use & Relationship Dynamics
Monogamy, Polyamory & Open Relationships
TRAININGS & PRESENTATIONS
Harm Reduction Approach & Treatment
Trauma Informed Care
Transgender Cultural Competencies
Stigma & HIV
If you are registered with the BBS and looking for clinical supervision, please contact me directly to inquire about setting up weekly/as needed sessions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY HARM REDUCTION?
Harm reduction is a set of principals that is aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with substance use. Harm reduction considers strategies from across a spectrum( this can include anything from using safely to abstinence). While Harm Reduction is a philosophy that addresses substance use, I believe this philosophy can be used to treat any of life's challenges.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
Unfortunately I am unable to take insurance at this time. I am happy to provide my clients with a monthly superbill. You can submit this if you have out of network coverage.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
I reserve your spot each week just for you, so I kindly ask for 24 hours notice if you need to cancel. If you cancel in less than 24 hours you will be subject to a payment that's 50% of the regular fee.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FEE?
My current fee is $140 per individual session and $200 per couples session. I reserve limited slots for a sliding scale fee.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Each individual session is 50 minutes and its recommended that you attend weekly.