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M.S., M.P.H., LMFT Marcella Smithson

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Marcella Smithson is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

More about me

Licensing: M.S., M.P.H., LMFT
Years in Practice: 7
State: CA

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 trauma-attachment focused and informed. I am trained in EMDR by Curtis C. Rouanzoin,Ph.D. under EMDR Institute, Inc., EMDRIA; Couples - Trained by Susan Johnson, PhD, Emotion-Focused Therapy. I am a certified mindfulness teacher (by Tibet House & Dharma Moon).

I am experienced in the field of mental health with over 15 years experience at the public health level, and on the front lines as a therapist. I am trained in evidenced-based techniques. My approach: Unconditional Positive Regard, Humanist, Trauma-attachment focused informed care. You Can Expect From Me: Honesty, Empathy, and an Ally.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Stress Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression Addictions Family conflicts Grief Sleeping disorders Anger management Coping with life changes
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I am entering this review at 5:00am after not sleeping all night. I answered a few questions incorrectly with Strongly disagree instead of Greatly Agree. I have no negative feelings toward Marcella. She is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and helpful therapist. I greatly appreciate her help and will continue with her.

Sep 27, 2022


Marcella is a great listener and very knowledgeable about Mental Health. I plan to continue to talk with her. After two appointments she really gave me a lot to think about and different ways of therapy to consider. Very happy to randomly get paired with her!

Aug 31, 2022


I’m enjoying my sessions with Marcella. She is very sweet and understanding.

D.R.·Aug 06, 2022


Marcella is patient and understand, but also honest. She uses her outside yet professional perspective to offer advice and strategies to cope you through. Additionally, she provides homework to complete on your own time to help you be accountable and serious about making the change you are striving towards!

D.A.·Jul 27, 2022


Marcella listened, provided great advice, and taught me valuable skills to independently think through my problems and make decisions that are right for me

E.L.·May 04, 2022


First session went great. I felt comfortable talking to her and the great tips she has provided to me.

S.I.·Apr 21, 2022


Marcella Smithson offers counseling online via BetterHelp

  • Affordable: Pay a low flat fee for unlimited counseling.
  • Convenient: Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Communicate as often as you want and whenever you feel it's needed.
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