Hi, I'm Francesca Cole-Barnes

Francesca Cole-Barnes, MA, LCPC

Staff Therapist

I've worked in the counseling field for nearly eight years, the last three at JPA. I've provided therapeutic services to Chicago Public Schools on the south and west sides of Chicago, offering trauma-focused counseling services to elementary through high school students.


families from a variety of socioeconomic statuses. I also provide expert consultation services to parents and CPS staff members. Trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), I help guide parents and children towards deeper, more connected relationships. In addition to working in schools, I have extensive experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples, emotionally-safe relationships. Attending early on to the social-emotional needs of children is critical and I educate parents, caregivers, teachers, and school administrators about the importance of early therapeutic intervention. My faith also guides me in my clinical practice.


I have an MA in Arts, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My specialties are child-parent psychotherapy, parenting, and trauma-informed therapy. I'm a member of the Illinois Counseling Association.