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Welcome to Meaningful Emotion

Where we work on strengthening Black families

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Dr. Lastenia Francis




Anyone who wants to embrace their authentic selves, walk with purpose and address creating a more meaningful life.



Building stronger Black marriages is my thing! We work through some of the challenges you face unique to your struggles as a Black couple by strengthening your foundation.



Being a Black family is tough ya'll! But I am here to help you navigate being a Black mom, wife, dad, husband, child in such a difficult climate.


Clinical Supervision

As an AAMFT approved supervisor I can help provide clinical supervision to get your hours towards licensure and towards becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor.

My Approach

Foundationally, I am a systemic thinker. I think about your problems from a holistic perspective because I believe that everyone contributes to the problem. As such, I encourage the whole family to join our sessions to get a better picture of how the problem started and is maintained. Although I am trained in many family systems therapy and trauma treatment modalities, I often draw from solution-focused therapy because I truly believe that it is in your strengths as an individual and as a family that you can find the solutions to the challenges you face. As Black people, you are resilient and my job is to help you remember why you are resilient, and how those strengths can guide how you treat yourself and those you love. 

About me

I am Dr. Lastenia Francis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Founder of Meaningful Emotion Therapy LLC. I was first drawn to Marriage & Family Therapy because I wanted to help strengthen Black families.

Getting Help

Starting therapy is no picnic, especially when you are a person of color. We are taught to "don't tell your business outside the house" and are often looked at funny when we talk about mental health. Unfortunately, therapy is needed for our community because we not only have to face our personal challenges, but we have to face the challenges of just being a person of color, and that is exhausting! Through teletherapy I take away the challenges of making time to get into an office. No need to pay for a babysitter or to take out 3 hours of your day for a 1 hour appointment. Here are just a few of the many things I address.


Marital Problems









Cost of Therapy: 
$250 for 60 min Assessments
$200 for Couples/Family/ Individual therapy.

Please note that I am an Out Of Network Provider. I do not accept insurance. I will provide you with a superbill to submit to your health insurance for reimbursement.

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Lastenia is very attentive to my needs while challenging me to do the best that I can to be the very best me.