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Marcella D Smithson


Santa Ana





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M.S. Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy, M.P.H. International Health and Development

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I am trauma-attachment focused and informed. I am trained in: EMDR by Curtis C. Rouanzoin, Ph.D. under EMDR Institute, Inc., & EMDRIA; Emotion-Focused Therapy (couples) by Susan Johnson, PhD; Mindfulness Meditation practitioner and teacher trained and certified by Tibet House, USA.

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There are times when we need to explore some growth & healing work. Thankfully the ability to grow & heal is built into our human-nature, a nature that comes alive when receiving the support we need. Therapy is for receiving this support, and in a way that fits with you. And so I trust in this: Creating in your own expressive way a better life is what I know you are able—and meant—to do. Supporting you in discovering this for yourself will be a heartfelt privilege for me.

I am experienced in the field of mental health with over 20 years experience at the public health level, and several on the front lines as a therapist. I am trained in evidenced-based techniques. My approach: Unconditional positive regard, humanist, and attachment- focused care. You Can Expect From Me: Honesty, empathy, and an ally.