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Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain
A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. ~Anne Taylor Fleming

Newport Beach therapistJennifer De Francisco, MPA, MSW, LCSW of Newport Beach

Is fighting destroying your relationship, and you do not know how to stop it, no matter how much you have tried? Do you sometimes feel you cannot trust your partner? Maybe your spouse has pulled away from you and you feel scared and alone. You might not even be sure whether you want to stay in your marriage. Psychotherapy can be the answer.

I specialize in people whose personal relationships have hit a crisis point. The type of therapy needed depends on the client and the situation; every client is truly unique and I offer both couples and individual counseling , depending my client’s personal set of needs and circumstances. I serve Newport Beach and the Orange County area.

Many of the following questions you may be asking yourself which I have helped many men and women over the years:

  • Why do I always feel taken for granted, and not loved in my marriage or relationship?
  • Why are we fighting all of the time?
  • Why is my spouse so distant?
  • Will I ever feel better? I feel like I can’t go on.
  • Will our sex life ever be exciting again? We live like roommates!!!
  • I keep making the same mistakes over and over again. How am I going to change before I lose my spouse or partner for good?
  • I think about leaving my partner but I do not know what to do.

These are just a few of the cries I hear from clients over and over again.

Whether it is the first time you have felt this way, or it has been years, things can get better, and needing help is not a weakness. Interpersonal relationships provide our lives with the richness and meaning we all need and desire. Invite yourself to have the life and relationship you were always meant to have. Schedule an appointment today!


This site provides a myriad of free resources for anyone interested in marriage counseling, individual therapy, or information on depression, attachment, PTSD or other disorders.

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Every patient is a person, not a problem. Your situation is unique and cannot be solved with a cookie-cutter approach. I will take my expertise helping people work through their issues, and we will work together to understand your feelings and where you need to go. You don’t have to be alone – I will be available to you as the personal advocate for your mental health.


Listen to my recent interview on NPR’s “Air Talk” — KPCC 89.3 FM. The show included discussion of a recent study on digital infidelity, and whether “sexting” is more forgivable than physical cheating. Learn more.


For more information about how I can help in your situation or to make an appointment, please call (949) 251-8797 or email me here.

I serve the city of Newport Beach, as well as the greater Orange County, CA area, including: Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Aliso Viejo, Santa Ana and Corona Del Mar.