Paloma Franco, PsyD

Paloma Franco, PsyD

Client Relations Specialist 

Psychological Associate (PSB94027610)

Supervised by Melissa Johnson, PhD (PSY 13102)

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Welcome!  I serve as the Client Relations Specialist and as a therapist at the Institute. I look forward to connecting with you about our services and assisting you as you get connected to one of our clinicians or with one of our other skill-building offerings.  

As a bilingual therapist, I provide therapy in English and Spanish. I approach therapy with an open attitude and place immense value in building a safe, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I use a relational, attachment-based, and trauma-informed lens in my approach to therapy. I also approach my work with clients by looking at the whole person, keeping in mind the needs of mind, soul, body, and spirit. 

I am honored to walk alongside my clients as they navigate healing and developing a better understanding of their inner selves. I am passionate about helping clients further understand their life stories and the different patterns that may be hindering or affecting how they view themselves and how they connect with others.


I provide support for growth in the following areas:

  • Self-esteem / Self-confidence
  • Developmental and Life Transitions 
  • Coping skills and Self-Soothing techniques
  • Attachment Issues 
  • Mindfulness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Mood Dysregulation
  • Issues Related to Body Image 
  • Relationship 
  • Trauma Resiliency Model
  • Self-Harm and Suicidality
  • Racial Trauma
  • College Transitions

Presentation, Workshops, and Articles 

  • Relational Self Awareness Workshop: Tips from Dr. Alexandria Solomon’s Loving Bravely Book
  • “Healing Through Books,” an 8-week book discussion group for college students to share their own experiences as first-generation college students 

Advanced Training:

  • Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) 
  • Human Trafficking Case Worker/Advocate Training & Certification 

Prior Experience:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Michelle Harwell Therapy, Internship
  • Nectar Redman, PhD, Psychological Services, private practice, Internship
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center 


  • Doctor of Psychology in Applied Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature, University of California, Merced

Mission:  My mission is to guide clients as they get in touch with their authentic selves, empower them to look within, and provide support during their journeys. I welcome clients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as LGBTQIA identified folks.


Phone: 626-585-8075 ext. 139

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