BRIGHTER FUTURE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Lauren Franks, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 29013
SERVICES WE OFFER
With You Every Step of the Way
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
Individual Therapy for Children
Is your child struggling in some way? Maybe they are going through a challenging adjustment in life. Maybe they are getting in trouble at school. Maybe they are having trouble getting along with others or just don't seem like themselves. We would love to help them understand their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences and as a result, remove their struggles.
Individually Tailored Assessments
If you are looking for someone to help you clarify your child's diagnosis and mental health needs, psychological testing is exactly what you're looking for. Conducting an assessment can also identify your child's strengths, abilities, and limitations. Call to consult about how our psychologists can be of assistance to you.
Individual Therapy for Adults
In our therapy, we will work together to collaboratively decide what changes you want to see. Our work with adults ranges from struggles with depression/anxiety to parenting support and nearly everything in between. We would love to speak with you over the phone and schedule your first appointment.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
At your first appointment, you can expect a calm environment and a smiling face. Your first visit is a one-hour opportunity to confirm that we are a good fit and can commit to working together moving forward. Your therapist will gather information about you or your child's needs and history. We will incorporate your child into the appointment by describing therapy in an age-appropriate way and will allow them to play or draw to keep them engaged in our session. Ongoing appointments will take place weekly, for 45-minute sessions, and will be individually tailored to give you the most progress on your goals.
MEET DR. LAUREN FRANKS
Owner and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I am so glad that you found me here at Brighter Future Psychological Services. I am hopeful that this can be the place you find that help you’re looking for.
For over 10 years now, I have been working with children, adolescents, and their parents, trying to find ways to use their strengths to make significant improvements in their lives. My style of therapy incorporates CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), play therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy to uniquely tailor a format that works for each individual client. I have been certified in CBT. This allows me to really assist people with finding and changing their negative thoughts, which improves their mood and actions. Additionally, for younger children (3-8 years old) and their parents, I have been certified in PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) which gives us an opportunity for parents to be taught the therapeutic techniques I use. When families are committed to doing the work, it is very successful in improving both a child’s behavior and mood. It can strengthen positive connections with parents and establish clear expectations of rewards and consequences.
However, aside from formal training, the success of therapy is impacted greatly by the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. When we meet, it is my first goal to make you feel comfortable and to ensure it feels like a good fit for both the parent and the child. Clear communication between everyone will set us up for success.
In addition to my work as the owner and licensed clinical psychologist at Brighter Future, I also value my role as a mentor and supervisor in the mental health field. I train and supervise graduate students as well as associates at this practice. If you work with one of my associates at the practice, I will ensure that you receive high quality care.
If you have other questions or are ready to get started working together, please reach out via phone (626) 513-8831 or email email@example.com and I’ll be eager to begin connecting with you soon.
MEET OUR ASSOCIATE,
BRIE SCOTT, MA
PSYCHOLOGY TRAINEE/ASSOCIATE THERAPIST
Healing the mind, body, and spirit requires support, empathy, and patience. Therapy provides a holistic experience that allows me to join and support families, individuals, partners, and children. As a therapist, I value creating meaningful connections with my clients by cultivating an environment that allows for authenticity, vulnerability, and reflection.
I have been operating from a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modality. This simply means that my approach to therapy involves understanding how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors paired with one’s past experiences affect their current life. Above all else, this perspective emphasizes and prioritizes the needs and wellness of clients. Working under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Franks, I emphasize the utilization of CBT interventions in my sessions to assist clients in recognizing their strengths and equipping them with coping mechanisms as a way to address life’s challenges.
My work as a therapist thus far has included work in school-based and university settings, community mental health, residential treatment care, and now within the private practice of Brighter Future Psychological Services. I enjoy working with children and adolescents because during this critical time in their development they are navigating how they make sense of the world and themselves. A crucial part of this includes the support and engagement of parents and caregivers. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to establish a therapeutic relationship with parents and caregivers to promote the connectivity and wellness of their children and within the family.
MEET OUR TELEHEALTH ASSOCIATE,
NICHOLAS RAMIREZ, MA
PSYCHOLOGY TRAINEE/ ASSOCIATE THERAPIST
For about five years now, I have worked with clients of all ages and walks of life. Some struggling with feelings that weren’t so pleasant, others wanting to understand how and why they came to be where they are in life, and so many other feelings in between. At the root of pain, I believe there lies a disconnect within ourselves that is often times hard to repair on our own. As a therapist, I value meaningful connection with my clients, unconditional understanding, and non-judgement. My hope is that we can make those, sometimes difficult, connections together!
I am trained and often work from a psychodynamic orientation. This simply means that my approach to therapy involves knowing, understanding, and empathetically engaging with those who are experiencing life in all its wonders and hardships. I value the relationship I have with a client above all else and offer strategic techniques to optimize wellness. Working under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Franks, I also frequently implement CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) interventions into my sessions to assist clients in seeing clear connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
My work as a child and adolescent therapist thus far has included work in school-based settings, large community mental health organizations, and now within the private practice of Brighter Future Psychological Services. I greatly value the opportunity to work with individuals early in development in order to heal and prepare them in ways that lend toward a fulfilling and successful future. I also find it greatly impactful to have ongoing engagement with the parents and caregivers of my child clients in order to promote even further support for the client outside of our sessions together.
I look forward to knowing you! (*Please note that Mr. Ramirez is currently only holding video sessions with his Brighter Future clients)
MEET OUR ASSOCIATE
CHANTHERRIE PAO, AMFT
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST, #136125
Hi there! I’m so glad you're here! I’m Terrie, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Brighter Future Psychological Services. I am passionate about helping young minds flourish and build resilience as they navigate life’s challenges. My mission is to create a supportive, non-judgmental, and nurturing environment for you to feel safe to express your thoughts and feelings openly while working towards your personal goals.
My therapeutic style is integrative, drawing from evidence-based practices that includes utilizing individual strengths to create a supportive and healing environment in order to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents, and young adults. I tailor my approach to your specific needs, ensuring that our therapy sessions are both effective and meaningful.
My approach to therapy is based on the belief that everyone has the capacity for growth and change. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Together, we will explore strategies for overcoming difficulties in life that everyone experiences while fostering growth and resilience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Standard session rates for Dr. Franks are currently $300 for initial, 1-hour intake sessions, and $250 for weekly, 45-minute sessions. Standard rates for other associate therapists in the office range from $150- $200 per session. All rates are subject to change and will be confirmed upon the scheduling of the first appointment.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Our practice accepts private payment directly from clients. We accept cash, check, credit card or HSA cards. We do not accept insurance. After being paid directly, we can offer the option to provide a superbill to you upon request. Some clients use these paid invoices to submit to PPO insurance plans (if applicable) for reimbursement requests. The services that we will most frequently be providing for mental health use the two following billing codes (aka, CPT codes): 90791 and 90834. Feel free to inquire with insurance as to whether or not those services are covered as well as what their reimbursement rate is for out of network providers.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Our office is located just south of Foothill Avenue, off of Grand Ave. in Glendora, CA. It is on the second floor of the building which is accessible by stairs or elevator. As a result of changes made during the pandemic, we now have the option of using telehealth as well.