Marie Francis is a nationally board-certified counselor, licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, National Board Certified Counselor 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 school 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 counseling 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 and culturally inclusive psychotherapy practice, in her adopted home in North Carolina in 2008. She practiced in the Triangle Area until recently when the Covid-19 pandemic required virtual counseling. Virtual counseling enables her to serve the entire state of North Carolina which has proved to be convenient for clients. Ms. Francis continues to welcome new clients, providing 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 Clinical Mental Health Counselors Association of North Carolina (LCMHCANC)
Member, Addictions Professionals of North Carolina (APNC)