Connect Talk®

About Connect-Talk®, LLC and Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy® Institute, (J-CSTI)

Our History & Beliefs:

Connect-Talk®, LLC is a premier specialized marriage institute, based on Schema Therapy.

Our special passion is to bring healing to marriages and through this, to families.  We opened  this new initiative that stresses  “we can all talk, but can you connect“on January 3, 2019.

“I, Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco am the Clinical Director and Licensed Psychologist.   I serve clients of all backgrounds, faith and little or no faith, as well as those of secular cultural persuasion, respecting true diversity.  I provide psychotherapy, education, coaching and consulting.  In addition I write and train other therapists and para-professionals. “

Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco first joined Romuald Simeone’s workshop team to experientially learn ” his decade-development of Dialog Skills in 1974, one that has pervaded all her training and subsequent therapy focus.  She specializes in applying these Connect-Talk® dialog skills that are grounded in  schema therapy conceptualization,  principles and techniques–to marriage.  Her 30 plus years of specialization in helping marriages and couples grow, thrive, overcome obstacles, and become a delight, is the subject of the first text-book authored on Couples Schema Therapy.  She is the first author of:  Schema Therapy with Couples, A Practitioner’s Guide to Healing Relationships, published by Wiley Press in 2015,

Connect-Talk®, LLC has a division that is created to meet the special needs of Christians and Christian marriages, or those interested seekers, it is the Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute.

We believe true healing comes through the grace of the Holy Spirit, even in lives who do not yet know Him.  At the Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute  Dr. Chiara tries to base  client interventions and relationships on the Biblical models of Jesus and His disciples as the supreme example of being a Healthy Adult.  We  believe that God is the author and giver of life and joy!

Dr. Chiara:  “I  received my inspiration from my own walk with Jesus, encountering Him when in prayer when I was a junior in High School, and believing in no uncertain terms that He really exists and is my own Way, Truth and Life. 

All in all, I focus on bringing hope to  discouraged persons and disheartened marriages.  I try to connect in meaningful and personal ways that help people open up to  see what  ‘might be’ with their work and participation, open to truth, meaning in life, and most of all the love and acceptance of Jesus which I hope to evidence.  Jesus…the Only One who says things straight!  I attempt to facilitate renewing hearts and minds, reconciling relationships, and binding up wounds. 

At Connect-Talk®, LLC, my clients and I practice in simple ways to learn to do just that, connect with their beloved, and then Connect-Talk® becomes Connect-Walk, which is all about making permanent daily little efforts at progress and love-building relationship.

Schema Therapy, and especially Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy for those so inclined, brings it all together in understandable and simple concepts and experiences that may just make the difference you are looking for!

Who else is involved?

Romuald B. Simeone  

Romy is a genetic historian and former foreign mission catechist, poet & writer.  He has just published: a 3 volume set: Bible, ​Love Letters From Your Father, Books of John: v. 1, Gospel of John; v. 2,  Letters of John;  & v. 3, Revelations.   Lectio Divina.  Dialog International Press.

Together with Dr. Chiara, they give workshops together.  These are not the delivery of psychological services or psychotherapy/counseling.  They are psycho-educational on Dr. Chiara’s part, and Biblical-based pastoral on Romy’s part.  If you are interested in workshops for Marriage and Dialog from a Jesus-Centered perspective, please contact us for the next available dates.

Office Manager:  Samuel Wood

Sam is an evangelist and teacher working at St. Mary’s High School, Menasha, Wisconsin.


Advisors/Consultants Include:

  • ​Robert Zemple, Baker Tilly, Appleton, WI
  • ​Rev. John Girotti, Green Bay, WI
  • Rev. Louis Golamari, Oshkosh, WI
  • Rev. Thomas Farrell, Shawano, WI
  • Colleagues in the Counseling Department of Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colleagues in the International Society of Schema Therapy
  • Colleagues in the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
  • Colleagues in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Lesson One of Connect-Talk℠

Don’t give up. Jesus has a plan. He connects us with you, now you have to reach out to Him. He will give you His model of how to connect with your beloved and teach you personally. Without building on lesson One, you will be hampered in moving forward, much like a lonely emotional cripple. 


Intensives and psychotherapy/counseling and coaching are for persons of all faiths or not.  We do not only serve dedicated Christians.  Our goals are to tend to the deepest Needs and Goals of all who call to be clients.  

For those who are Christians or seekers of something more in the spiritual/religious area with a Gospel-modeled  therapeutic application, Jesus can step into your heart in Spirit and through imaging,  through His Word and Life-Model.  You may find help in Christian transformational Chairwork (or even secular traditional Chairwork, for that matter) and Healthy Adult Mode dialogues.  This may assist in upholding a healthy perspective and version of yourself, providing coping techniques, comfort, guidance and wisdom that you are free to reference and connect with .  Praying the Scriptures to encounter HIS abiding Presence, when carefully applied with guidance, may bring healing to the deepest of heart-wounds.  

(Please Note: nothing in this web site including article content is meant to create any client relationship with any person. Neither Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco nor Connect-Talk®, LLC nor its division, the Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute…are engaged in rendering psychological, financial, legal or other professional services through any content contained herein. Nothing written in this web site is meant to give specific counsel or psychological advice, and Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco and Connect-Talk®, LLC.  do not take responsibility for anyone’s interpretation, application, or other use or misuse of the information contained herein, including misunderstandings of psychological,  spiritual or religious concepts.)

Additionally, while I have taken training in the Gottman Method of couples therapy, I want you to know that I am completely independent in providing you with clinical services and I alone am fully responsible for those services. The Gottman Institute or its agents have no responsibility for the services you receive.

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