Fran D. Bio

Fran DiDomenicis, Ph.D. is a retired psychologist and psychotherapist. He began his career as an Addictions Counselor in 1973, working with adolescents and young adult poly-substance abusers with the Delaware Bureau of Drug Abuse Control. He later trained drug, alcohol, and mental health staff with the renamed Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health. In 1985 he began a private practice as a psychotherapist, and later as a psychologist in Wilmington, Delaware. Well before the now common use of mindfulness as part of a range of therapy approaches, Fran was introducing clients to various meditation related practices as an aide in calming stress and anxiety, stabilizing and expanding their sense of self, and providing insight into the root causes of their problems.

Fran is a mindfulness meditation teacher who began his spiritual journey in the late 1960’s after reading the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. In 1971 he was initiated into the Transcendental Meditation technique and practiced regularly for a number of years. In the late 1980s, he began following Siddha Yoga, and received Shaktipat initiation from Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Since 1996 he has primarily practiced Vipassana, or Insight Meditation as taught by leading teachers including Shinzen Young, S.N. Goenka, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and others. He has had awakening experiences that inform his understanding about the underlying non-dual nature of reality as described in the mystical teachings of several religious traditions. Fran brings to his teaching his personal experiences as well as study within some of these different traditions.

After moving to California in 2009, Fran became active with the Buddhist Recovery Network, and later the Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Network, holding several positions in each of those organizations. Since retiring from active psychotherapy practice in 2015, Fran now focuses on consulting and presentations with treatment programs interested in applying principles and practices mindfulness into their treatment approaches. He has worked with Kevin Griffin, a widely read author, dharma teacher, and leader in the area of Buddhist recovery, to bring their combined experience and insights to mental health and addictions professionals. Fran is also passionate about the inter-relationship of the 12 Steps of Recovery and Buddhist psychology and practices. Fran leads a weekly Mindful Meditation for Recovery group in Walnut Creek, CA.

Fran can be reached at frandphd@gmail or 510-915-2647