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Laurene Franco

Outpatient Mental Health Professional





University of Chicago - Master’s degree from The Crown School of Social Work

Drake University - Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Experience
  • Abuse
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Art Therapy
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Chronic Pain & Medical Issues
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • College & Student Issues
  • DBT Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Identity
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Work Issues

More About Laurene Franco

Clinical Interests:

Laurene’s interest and experience includes counseling teens and adults. Her primary areas of focus are anxiety, depression, grief/loss, women’s issues, and career and school-related concerns.

Clinical Approach:

Laurene uses a client-centered approach and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals reach their full potential and live their best life.


In her free time, Laurene enjoys spending time with family and friends and hiking with her dog, Ollie Waffles. She also enjoys traveling, reading, sewing/crafting, practicing yoga, and tending her veggie garden in the summer.

Clinic Contact Info

Des Moines Clinic

600 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 255-8399