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About Marilyn

I was bitten by the psychology bug in high school when I became a peer counselor. I have always been fascinated by our human experience- the way we feel, think, the choices we make. I followed my passion for helping others from there.


I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). Marriage Family Therapists are Masters-level clinicians with extensive education & training in child, adult, family, and couple therapy. I specialize in adult individual and couple therapy.

I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, going to concerts & baseball games (Let's Go, Oakland!) and catching up on my favorite TV shows.  


My Credentials

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Marriage Family Therapist #83987, State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences

2006 Master of Science, Counseling - University of Phoenix, Sacramento Campus
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - California State University, Chico

Certificates/Specialized Training
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care, Postpartum Support International

Bringing Baby Home Educator, The Gottman Institute

Clinical Experience
Therapist, Private Practice, Roseville   2016-Present
Individual and couple therapy.


Intake Clinician, Sutter Health Employee Assistance Program, Sacramento    2018-2020
Assessment, crisis support, workshops, groups, on-site support.

Therapist/UR, Health Psychology Sacramento, Fair Oaks   2012-2018                                        
Individual, group, couples therapy in Intensive Outpatient Program. Assessments, treatment plans, crisis interventions, utilization reviews. Program development, community outreach.

Clinical Specialties




Love Relationships


Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Transition to Parenthood

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

Volunteer Experience

Peer-Led Support Group Leader, RESOLVE 2011-2019

Advocate, RESOLVE, 2019
PR/Marketing Chair, RESOLVE Northern CA Walk of Hope 2016                    
Volunteer, RESOLVE Northern CA Walk of Hope 2013, 2015, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Professional Member, Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Professional Member, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Professional Member, International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
Community Member, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Continuing Education Trainings

EFT Core Skills

Paul A. Aikin, PhD & Nancy Aikin, PhD

Online, 2021

The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress

Karen Kleiman, LCSW & Hilary Waller, MS

Online, 2020

EFT Externship

Paul A. Aikin, PhD & Nancy Aikin, PhD

Online, 2020


Individual Psychotherapy using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFIT)

Paul A. Aikin, PhD & Nancy Aikin, PhD

Woodland, CA 2020

ACT Immersion

Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Online 2019

Breastfeeding as Healing: Adversity & the Path to Healing

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Yountville, CA 2019

Flying Through the Storm to Safe & Sound: EFT with Challenging Couples

Sue Johnson, PhD

Pasadena, CA 2019

Working with Shame in EFT

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD, Paul A. Aikin, PhD, Nancy Aikin, PhD

Woodland/Davis, CA 2018

ACT for Couples

Benjamin Schoendorff, MA, MSc

Oakland, CA 2018

BreastSleeping: How it Defines what Safe Infant Sleep Really Looks Like

James J. McKenna, Ph.D

Napa, CA 2018

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training

Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D

Sacramento, CA 2016


Bringing Baby Home Educator Training

The Gottman Institute: Carolyn Rich Curtis, PhD and Meredith Koch, RN, BSN, PHN
Sacramento, CA 2016

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care Certificate Training
Postpartum Support International: Wendy N. Davis, PhD and Pec Inman, EdD, MFT
Sacramento, CA 2016

Healing the Angry Brain: Changing the Brain & Behaviors of Aggressive, Raging & Domestically Violent Clients
Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, LCSW, CADCII
Sacramento, CA 2016

Trauma Competency Training for Clinical Trauma Professional Certificate:
The 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss
Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments & Interventions
International Association of Trauma Professionals: J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC
Rancho Cordova, CA 2015

ACT-II Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical-Skills Building Intensive
Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Sacramento, CA 2015

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, & Personality Disorders
Douglas Fogel, Psy.D
Sacramento, CA 2015


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