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MSW, LCSW Christi DeFrancesco

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Christi DeFrancesco is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: MSW, LCSW
Years in Practice: 11
State: VA

My name is Christi DeFrancesco, and I have been practicing for over 11 years as a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia. My therapeutic background began 17 years ago working in an inpatient hospital serving those in crisis. Since then, I have served as a therapist in an inpatient setting serving both youth and adults with chronic mental illness, self harm, suicidal thoughts, and those who have experienced trauma.

I believe that everyone needs a safe space to come, let their guard down, and talk about their challenges and successes without judgment. Serving others is my calling and my practice affords me the opportunity to do that. My goal is not to fix your problems, my goal is to help you understand how and why you may be feeling things so intensely. Our work will be collaborative. I will ask challenging questions and you may sometimes be frustrated. Therapy is not a straight and narrow path, but it is rich and full of self discovery and reward. As we work through these intense emotions and processes, you will find that you are better able to manage stress, feelings of discomfort, and enjoy life pleasures more.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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I dreaded ever being in counseling again as I never had a good experience. Christi changed all that and made me see counseling in a different light. She helped me beyond what I could ever imagine. She challenged me in good ways and was kind and approachable. I looked forward to our weekly sessions they changed my thinking and my life.

J.U.·Apr 21, 2021


She is the best therapist I have ever had.

W.H.·Oct 03, 2020


Christi has helped me in a multitude of ways. She has an amazing background and knows how to relate to the situation and I think most importantly for me is very easy to work with while being a straight shooter and is always there to find the solution that works for you personally. I am grateful for Christi and look forward to carrying our conversations into the future that continues our path of growth and legacy.

T.R.·Sep 24, 2020


My counselor is supportive and works with me about my concerns. She uplifts me and praises me when she sees improvement. She encourages me in the rough patches. She makes me think about certain aspects of my life and analyzes those situations and describes new information I never knew about

D.O.·Aug 02, 2020


It has been a great relief talking to Christi. I feel heard, understood, and validated when we have sessions. She is approachable and funny. I highly recommend Christi!

A.L.·Aug 01, 2020


Christi has helped me realize that I am worth it and that I'm not has horrible as I think I am. She is a blessing! Thank you so much

L.I.·Jul 31, 2020


I've been working with Christi for 4 weeks and it's been amazing. She is compassionate and empathetic, yet challenges me at the same time. She is exactly what I was looking for in a therapist and I'm grateful for the time she takes with me every week. The "homework" helps me reflect differently and gives me a much better thought process. Our conversations help me to feel validated with what I've struggled with and the ability to change my perspective to further help myself.

J.A.·Jul 25, 2020


She has been great and listens well.

C.H.·Jul 21, 2020


Christi DeFrancesco offers counseling online via BetterHelp

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