Welcome to “On the Couch” … a series of Q&A sessions dedicated to getting to know the amazing staff at Well Clinic
This week, we’re sitting down with Meg Fransee, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
The energy I get from sharing space with and learning from different people. Therapy is a creative process and I always feel honored to share that experience with my clients.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Japan! It’s such a special country. Even in the busiest parts of Tokyo, such care is put into maintaining aesthetically beautiful and functional spaces which I found very inspiring.
Where did you grow up?
The midwest, Wisconsin to be exact.
What is your favorite quote?
One of my favorite surrealists artists Leonora Carrington said,
“The task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope.”
To me it speaks to the importance of seeing a narrative through multiple lenses and avoiding getting trapped in one micro or macro vantage point.
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Painting or printmaking in my small home studio.
Where was your last vacation?
Mexico City for a small press art book fair.
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
Equity in public education.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
Schools based mental-health work for the Oakland Unified School district. I was also a barista during undergrad and grad school to pay the bills.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
Many people know I am a printmaker, but they don’t know about the specific printing process I use called risograph! It’s a printmaking method using japanese copy machines that I use to produce colorful prints and art books.
What is your favorite sports team?
The Green Bay Packers and the Oakland A’s.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite meal is a tamale, bowl of pozole, and margarita from Cosecha in Oakland.
What is your favorite movie?
When I was little I loved Contact with Jodi Foster. She made me want to be an astronomer when I grew up.
What was your favorite toy as a child?
I loved basketball when I was a kid, so probably my WNBA branded ball I would practice with.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
I am painfully obsessed with my cat Gracie. I never considered myself a cat person, but she came into my life after a friend needed a new home for her, and now I’m a hopeless cat lady!
When are you at your most creative?
I feel creative when I am in community, and feel on the same wavelength as those around me. It’s such a wonderful feeling to work through any creative process in tandem with another person when you are both exploring solutions together.
What motivates you?
My family and community are my greatest motivators.
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
Reality TV is my self-care! There is something about it that really helps me slow down and turn my brain off, for better or for worse.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
I worked at a grocery store in High School in Wisconsin. Early jobs in customer service really force you to understand many presentations of human nature and actually played a big role in my interest in people and steps towards studying psychology.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
I am not a good cook, but when I have the time to find a recipe and work through it, I can really find enjoyment spending time in the kitchen.
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I enjoy being around people and hearing about peoples’ lives and challenges, but have a naturally creative and artistic lens. Being able to combine those two orientations felt like a natural fit for me with limitless development and growth.
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