Practice Specialties

  • Abandonment Difficulties
  • Abortion Recovery
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness Counseling
  • Church Conflict Christian Counseling
  • Church Conflict Counseling
  • Counseling for Families Affected by Disability
  • Counseling to Pastors and Wives
  • Couples Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression Stress and Anxiety Therapy
  • Divorce Prevention
  • Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • Empty Nest Anxiety and Depression
  • Ex-Relationship Adjustments
  • Foster and Adoption Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Christian Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Leadership and/or Executive Coaching
  • Leadership and/or Executive Consulting
  • Life Coach Counseling and Consultation
  • Life Coaching
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pornography and Sexual Addictions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Seniors Adults and Young Adlutls
  • Sex and Intimacy Christian Counseling
  • Sex and Intimacy Counseling
  • Special Needs Counseling
  • Stress Anxiety Depression Christian Counseling

About

Currently offering Online Telepsychology and Telephone Psychotherapy/Counseling!

Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, licensed psychologist and first author of: "Schema Therapy with Couples, A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships". She is the director of Connect-Talk, LLC and the Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute, a Marriage and Family Therapy Center. Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco is licensed just shy of 30 years. She hold licenses in Wisconsin and Virginia. She also holds Advanced and Trainer Certifications in Schema Therapy both in Individual and Couples. Additional trainings include: Level II, Gottman Training: Certification in Medical Hypnotherapy; EMDR trained; Mediation Certificates; and Externship trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy. She specializing in Schema Therapy for Individuals, Couples/Marriages for all persons, with an emphasis on a Christian integration for Christian clients, called Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy.

Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy® is based on the cutting edge therapy development called Schema Therapy. It is not a new stand-alone therapy. It's concepts of "Healthy Adult Mode" are ultimately grounded on the Model of Jesus Christ as the perfect example of a spiritually and psychologically healthy human being.

The comprehensive conceptualization that Schema Therapy involves in its approach to marriage and personal issues is its keynote that directs the intervention by the therapist. This conceptualization is aimed at the precise unmet needs of the client or couple.

Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco with over 20 years in this specialty, and an internationally certified Schema Therapy Trainer, brings clients Schema Therapy Made Simple and grounds it with Biblical truths, examples, and a prayerful experience. She elucidates a set of Biblical principles of relating called "Connect-Talk®" and states: "Ultimately there is no Connect-Talk® without a connection with Jesus, the Ultimate Connector, the energy source behind every act of love! And without love, "I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing". (1 Cor. 13:1)

My Christian Faith and My Professional Practice

Psychotherapy services are based on a Christo-centric anthropology (concept) of the human being. This means that the concept of who you are as a human being and your Needs and Rights, are based on your human nature as made in the image and likeness of God. Curiously this allows for a level of connection on this very basis, namely the mutual respect of non-negotiable human Needs. For me, this is central and something I live each day, putting Jesus first, and following Him the best I know.

Connect-Talk® and Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy® also involve offsetting Early Maladaptive Schemas and Modes (see works of Dr. Jeffrey Young and others in the area of Schema Therapy.) This offset takes on special characteristics that target unmet Needs with gentleness. It unlocks potential for significant restoration of relationships, including marriage, family, professional associations and business.

Therapists on Staff

Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, PhD
Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, PhD

Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, PhD

Licensed psychologist
Licensed in 1990, State of Wisconsin, and then also in Virginia in 2014 as a clinical psychologist.
Specialist in Marriage. International trainer of therapists; provides also generalized clinical services;

Is a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association; the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and the Catholic Society of Social Scientists.

Is an active Spirit-filled practice Christian. Co-runs also a evangelizing & publishing business with free resources, podcasts, and videos to help christians in their spiritual development and connection with Jesus.

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