Francine Figueroa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
Francine began her work as a Psychotherapist, nearly a decade ago. Her first role was Therapist/ Independent Contractor for Infertility and Adoption Center of New Jersey where she facilitated group and individual therapy to adopted children and teens. Some of the group topics facilitated were: ‘Adjusting to Transitions’, ‘Interpersonal Skills’ and ‘Processing Grief and Loss’. Francine’s work with the children and families was profound and set a solid foundation for her work going forward.
Francine later took on role as Primary Therapist at The Center for Eating Disorders Care, Princeton House Behavioral Health at Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, New Jersey. There, she worked with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with severe Eating Disorders on an Inpatient Medical Unit amongst a team of skilled practitioner who specialized in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge and Purge disorders (now Binge Eating Disorder DSM-V), ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and co-morbid disorders such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), Depression, Anxiety and various disorders. She provided individual, group and family therapy sessions, using an integrative theoretic approach. While working with CEDC, Francine gained core training in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley model) an evidence based approach by Dr. LeGrange and Dr. Lock. In addition, she created experiential curriculum for the unit and its patients. Overall, she learned a great amount regarding treatment and recovery from Eating Disorders.
In her continued work for Princeton House, she transitioned to role of Primary Therapist at the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization units. There, she treated young adults, adults and seniors with mood disorders, addiction, dual diagnosis, psychosis, grief, loss and more. She facilitated groups that focused on mood and behavioral change, addiction/dual diagnosis, mindfulness, coping skills and more. Theoretic Models used to inform her groups included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Practices and others. In addition to facilitating groups, she conducted individual, couples and family therapy. She worked as part of an interdisciplinary team, where she increased her education of skills, acquired administrative direction and participated in the formation of programming. On a daily basis, she conceptualized cases and collaborated in treatment planning with team Psychiatrists, Nurses and Administration. She found guidance, support and expert direction from team members. Subsequent to role of Primary Therapist, Francine was promoted to Senior Therapist. She began her work with Women who suffered from Acute and Chronic Trauma using the DBT model (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Model. Francine gained core training in DBT in support of her role.
After many years with PHBH, Francine transitioned back to New York and began her specialized work in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Francine joined hands with Discovery Behavioral Health and took positions of Assistant Director followed by Director at Center for Discovery in Paramus, New Jersey and later as Director of their Greenwich, Connecticut location overseeing the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, ARFID, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Disordered Eating on the PHP and IOP level of care.
After leaving Intensive Care, Francine resumed private practice in Eastern Connecticut and New York. She has since moved closer to her family and now lives and works out of Darien, Connecticut. In addition, she collaborates with New England and Rhode Island Libraries providing free live and online webinars on topics such as ‘Anxiety’, ‘Managing Depression’, ‘Coping during the Co-vid Pandemic, ‘Coping Skills for Stress’ and more.
Throughout her career, she has worked with seasoned mentors, educators, friends and family who have guided, educated and empowered her. She is forever grateful for the wisdom and kindness that they have shared with her.
Francine takes pride in her education of Evidence Based Models, Cultural Competence and Trauma Informed Care and recognizes that treating the whole person includes collectively treating the body, mind and spirit. In addition to Psychotherapy and community engagement, she finds her own wellness through meditation and dance. She believes that everyone deserves to have and can have, a full and joyous life and that everyone can heal, no matter the age and no matter the history.