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“The most important relationship you will ever have in this world is the relationship with yourself.”

Hi, I'm Dr. Francesca Owoo

Acknowledging the generations before you can be an important part of defining yourself. Recognizing how the previous generations have influenced your thoughts and beliefs can lead to a deeper understanding of who you are. For example, the way we deal with stress, how we interact with others, and how we feel about ourselves generally stems from our past experiences and upbringing, which can impact our overall physical, emotional, and mental health.

With therapy, you’ll be able to acknowledge that stress, discomfort, and heightened emotions are an unavoidable part of our lives and part of being human. Avoidance, denying, and suppressing your deepest emotions only add discomfort and exacerbate situations. I want you to know that these feelings are natural and perfectly normal, especially if you have a chronic illness or a caregiver experiencing burnout or compassion fatigue.

With therapy, you will learn how to live a fuller life, even in difficult emotional experiences. You’ll be able to improve your relationships and shift your mindset while giving you the space to be authentically you. Improving your quality of life is at the forefront of my mind. You deserve a therapist who understands your perspective and who genuinely wants to see you live your best life on your own terms.

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A bit more about me…

Clients usually call me Dr. O or Dr. Fran.  I was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York to immigrant parents from Ghana, West Africa. Let me stop you before you even ask, no I don’t speak Twi. 

I’ve always been passionate about working with people who have chronic illnesses and their families. From a very young age, I understood how family and couple dynamics can shift when a person is sick. While working on my doctorate, I was diagnosed with fibroids, stage 4 endometriosis, and adenomyosis which would result in multiple surgeries. Both parents were diagnosed with cancer and my brother experienced complications of sickle cell disease all in a short time span. My experiences with chronic illness and being a caregiver continue to inspire my devotion to working with this population.

Education

I have 14+ years of experience working with marginalized populations in a variety of settings such as psychiatric and medical facilities, community mental health agencies, university clinic settings, group private practices, and within the school system.

License

Maryland (LC9654) – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

New York (012478) – Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Prepare-Enrich Certified Facilitator – #1240756

Ph.D

Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy specialty

University of Akron - Ohio

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M.S.

Mental Health Counseling

University at Buffalo - New York

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B.A

Psychology

University at Buffalo - New York