Jim Franko is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship issues. His approach is based in a supportive, collaborative relationship that helps the client identify practical ways of dealing with life’s challenges. Read his full bio here.
What self-care techniques or activities do you do?
My family and friends are my biggest sources of support. Hanging out and joking around with them helps me keep things in perspective. At the same time, I enjoy some time to myself and usually spend that time just taking it easy, reading, listening to podcasts, or watching a good show, movie, documentary.
What made you become a therapist?
Life can be tough. Being a therapist means the opportunity to help others through some of those difficult times. What better way to serve others than to help them feel less pain and more contentment on a day-to-day basis.
What are your specialties?
Working with adolescents and couples are my primary areas of practice. With both, giving them a chance to look at the challenges in their lives can lead to better functioning and more fulfillment.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
Sales and teaching were my careers before counseling. In addition to teaching high school Spanish, I worked in sales for a chemical company.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
Being heard by someone who listens from an unbiased but caring perspective can lead to self-reflection and positive change. And, sometimes, we just need to talk about what’s troubling us. It can be comforting and help us work toward some type of solution.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
Sometimes we need a helping hand when we are seeking to make changes. A counselor has had the chance to work with a variety of people seeking to make similar changes and has learned much about the many different ways to effect change. By no means is it the only route to self-improvement, but, for some of us, it can be just what we need.