Frani Gutierrez, LCSW is currently a part-time adoption competent therapist working with the Center for Adoption Support and Education clients in Virginia.
Frani has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She believes in the connection with her clients and supporting them in identifying their inner strengths in order to foster resiliency. She utilizes a strengths-based approach.
Frani started her career working at Domestic Violence Shelter. She then transitioned to in an inpatient psychiatric hospital with a focus on trauma informed care and crisis stabilization. She has experience working in private practice, in particular with individuals who are working through anxiety, depression, identity issues, trauma, life transitions, and loss.
She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies. She also graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Social Work Degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia.