hello there!

I'm Marisela, a licensed clinical social worker in Whittier Ca. I’m a wife, mom, and maternal mental health advocate with over a decade of experience in perinatal & infant mental health working as a therapist, trainer, and volunteer.

my therapy approach

I bring a unique approach to treatment for pregnant and postpartum women by blending my experience and specialized training in perinatal mental health, pregnancy loss, and infant mental health. Therapy is relationship and attachment focused utilizing Interpersonal-Psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and traditional talk therapy. Sessions are provided in individual sessions, mama+ baby/toddler sessions, and couples sessions.

In addition to being a perinatal therapist I also teach and train, I'm a consultant with The California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network, a project that supports early care and education programs, I volunteer when times allows especially if it has to do with families and little ones, and I'm an alumni mentor for Cal State Long Beach.

education & training

I have a B.A. in psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work, both from California State University Long Beach.  I’m a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental health Specialist (IFECMHS), and Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C).

specialized training and experience

  • perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

  • pregnancy loss

  • interpersonal psychotherapy

  • infant massage

  • child-parent psychotherapy