© 2018 by Dona Caine Francis, MSN, PMH-NP/CS-BC

1790-5 Queen Anne Street, Sunset Beach, NC 28468  
Phone: 704-662-2267

My Services

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Individual therapy, sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling” is a process or agreement between an individual and a certified therapist to explore a challenging life issue, belief, behavior, or feeling in a safe and confidential environment. I bring years of experience to this process to help you uncover and resolve life’s issues.

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Couples therapy also known as “marriage therapy” is a commitment between a couple and a therapist to work to resolve conflicts, communication issues, trust issues, intimacy concerns, and other difficulties that can erode a relationship. I have developed numerous exercises and strategies to bring about healing and to enhance a couple’s relationship. Do not let a rift stall out a relationship that once brought such joy!

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As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am educated and licensed to diagnose and treat mental health troubles and prescribe and monitor medications. Once a medication is prescribed we will work together to increase its effectiveness and address any reactions that may occur from it.

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It is very common to experience depression and anxiety together, although they are different conditions. I often refer to them as “cousins.” Symptoms of both conditions usually improve with therapy and the addition of medications. It's important that you don't wait too long to seek treatment. Many of today’s medications can relieve your symptoms in a few days or a few weeks.

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Sex Therapy

Sexual dysfunction can enter any stage of life. Do not let sexual dissatisfaction create a rift in your relationship. My office is a safe environment to share various concerns such as desire, orgasm, sexual pain, erectile dysfunction and establish strategies to resolve them.

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Menopause is not a death sentence. Actually, it is a normal process of life when the sexual hormones decline and this can leave many women with troubling symptoms. My belief is this transition can be managed beautifully - physically, emotionally, and sexually. My book by the same name offers options to manage the menopause passage. Or you can make an appointment and we can assess your particular situation and devise a treatment plan to undertake your concerns.

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Traumas can occur as one journeys through life. It can be a “small T trauma” such as a belief system that no longer fits you, mean things that were said and done that creates low self- image; or “big T traumas” for example sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, car accident, or other traumatic incidents.

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EMDR - Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing is a treatment modality developed in the 1980s for trauma work with returning Viet Nam veterans. I find it to be invaluable in my work with those suffering from trauma.