"In the depth of winter I finally learned
that within me there lay an invincible summer"

~ Camus


Welcome to my website for

Santa Cruz Area Psychotherapy

by Francine Lapides, MFT

Santa Cruz County San Lorenzo Valley Counseling and Psychotherapy: In the pages that follow you will find information on individual psychotherapy, relationship counseling/marriage counseling, couples therapy, and on professional training for psychotherapists.

Professional Personal Statement
Because the need for psychotherapy is often accompanied by emotional vulnerability and pain, and because it can require a great deal of courage to begin, you have every right to expect an atmosphere of safety, an assurance of confidentiality, a highly trained and experienced therapist, and a genuine and authentic fellow being.

Three-and-a-half decades of practicing psychotherapy in the Santa Cruz area have given me experience with a broad range of human problems and clinical solutions. Clients have described me as clinically warm and soothing, supportive, and caring, yet active and engaged. I have also been told that I have an ability to work with members of a couple who are reluctant to be in therapy.  I try to live and teach a sense of inner peace and the capacity for healthy, respectful, intimate, and loving relationships. Living a meaningful life in genuine connection can be elusive. I’d like to help.

Areas of Specialty:
Clinical Depression
Codependency/Adults Raised in
  Addictive Homes
Grief and Loss
Illnesses: Chronic or Terminal
Life Transitions
Men's Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Relationship difficulties
Second Half of Life; Changes in Direction
Women's Issues
Theoretical Orientation:
Family Systems
Integration of Psychoneurological (brain) Research
as it applies to human development and healing

Francine Lapides, MFT
474 Fall Creek Dr.
Felton, CA 95018
Fax 831-335-2049

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