Marie Francis is a nationally board-certified counselor, licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified C ounselor and Distance Certified Counselor. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with primary focus on Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Francis began her counseling career in the mid 1990’s as Assistant Director of Career Counseling at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She was inspired by her counseling work with law students and was encouraged by her mentor to pursue graduate education and professional licensure. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked in community mental health Southern California where she provided coun seling to high-risk populations with mental health challenges as well as psychosocial stressors of poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and issues related to immigration and acculturation.
Ms. Francis has always been fascinated by the multi-generational patterns of behavior and social interaction that impact the way people live, work and relate to each other as life partners, parents, siblings, employees and community
members. After completing her graduate studies, she established a private practice at Westminster Counseling Center in Pasadena, California.
Ms. Francis created The Maycis Group, a trauma-informed psychotherapy practice, in her adopted home in North Carolina in 2008. She practiced in the Triangle Area until she recently moved to the Jacksonville, NC Area to add Military Family & Life Counselor to her professional endeavors. She is honored to provide mental health counseling to military families assisting them with the extraordinary challenges they face. In her private practice Ms. Francis continues to welcome new clients, sharing solution-focused counseling for couples and individuals seeking to repair, maintain and enhance their relationships. She welcomes pre-marital couples as well. In her non-working life, Ms. Francis enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, including her joyful granddaughter, Safia.
Professional Credentials and Memberships
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Distance Certified Counselor (DCC)
Member, Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina (LPCANC)