About Betty Frain

When it comes to the health and well being you want the best. Dr. Betty Frain has been working with families since 1965. She has devoted her psychotherapy practice to help family's heal their relationships and find creative solutions to problems that interfere with developing a close relationship. She is passionate about supporting families as they build loving relationships. She offers 45 years of experience and the skills you need to find your way through the hardest challenges you may encounter.

Wise Parent bookcoverDr. Frain co-authored BECOMING A WISE PARENT FOR YOUR GROWN CHILD with Eileen Clegg. Click here to purchase a copy.

Grown of not, they're still your kids--and sometimes you think they need your help,even though they don't want you to act like a parent anymore. Other times, they want something from you--but you want them to stop acting like children and get on with their lives. --Dr. Frain

Experience and training: Betty graduated from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena with a B.A. degree in human development. She gained additional training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she worked with families for over 8 years. Simultaneously she worked on her master's degree in bilingual/bicultural education at Antioch University. Dr Frain did her doctoral research on resilience of children and families at the Health Sciences Center as well. There she discovered the power of close family ties to overcome adversity and pain.

She obtained her Marriage and Family Therapy license in 1982, her certification in hypnosis in 1985, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) in 1991, and critical incident stress debriefing in 2000


She was recognized for her special expertise in interventions during extreme crisis situations. She was called upon to counsel survivors of the 9/11 attacks on New York City's World Trade Center.

Betty is an accomplished speaker and seminar leader who has consulted with the Navy on human resource practices. Dr. Frain has devoted her career and life to understanding people and helping them thrive.


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Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Association ofMarriage and Family Therapists


THE STORY BEHIND Becoming a Wise Parent for Your Grown Child

Dr. Frain and Eileen Clegg were inspired to write this book in the mid 1990's when Dr. Frain was a family therapist and Eileen was a news reporter in Sonoma County, CA. Betty and Eileen had up close involvement with people experiencing challenges and trauma. They realized that there was a factor that seemed to make a significant difference in whether people crumbled or thrived amid personal crisis. When people had the support of their extended families when multiple generations came together to help someone who was ill or troubled, they seemed to handle difficulties more easily. Dr Frain found that they also recover more quickly from psychological effects of trauma. Dr. Frain and Eileen explored further why some families have this wonderful gift of inter-generational love and support and others had lost the traditions and habits necessary to stay connected.

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