I'm Marisela, a licensed clinical social worker and Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in Whittier Ca. I’m a wife, mom, and maternal mental health advocate. I have over a decade of experience in maternal & infant mental health working both as a therapist and volunteer. My mission is to support women and mothers through the different developmental stages of womanhood and motherhood and transform how we think about mental health and parenting.
What I do
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 provided in individual sessions, mama + baby/toddler sessions, and couples sessions.
In addition to being a women's therapist I'm also a lecturer at Cal State Los Angeles in the School of Social Work. 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 women and little ones, and I'm an alumni mentor for Cal State Long Beach.
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 and Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental health Specialist. I continue to receive education through clinical conferences and webinars, and you can always find me reading several books at a time related to social work, psychology, or mental health.
perinatal mental health trainings
MommaCare™ Training in pregnancy loss and newborn death
Postpartum Support International Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training
Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care Certificate Training through PSI
Bringing Light to Motherhood-Advanced Two Day Training through Maternal Mental Health Now
infant mental health training & endorsements
Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®)
Certified Child-Parent Psychotherapy clinician
Recognized by the state of California and endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health
Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
Reflective Practice Facilitator II