associate professional counselor
Specializations: young adults/adults, maternal mental health, play therapy with kids and teens, depression, anxiety, trauma, cultural identity, LGBTQIA + ally and supporter
Marina Reichenberger practices under the supervision of Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS & direction of Angela Wacht, LPC.
Marina is currently accepting new clients.
Contact Marina below for a free 15-minute consultation.
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
- Mary Oliver
Marina’s Therapeutic perspective
Marina believes that she is there to accompany you on your natural process of personal development. She knows everyone contain within themselves a drive to evolve, to become their fullest realization. Marina would support and witness you on your process of unfolding.
Marina approaches Therapy from a humanistic, strength-based perspective, where she sees the relationship as one of equals. Marina serves as a facilitator to help you identify your strengths by providing an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust. Marina has a warm, empathetic, understanding, and non-judgmental demeanor to her practice. She genuinely believes in your ability to grow if nurtured in an encouraging and accepting environment. Marina makes use of expressive arts therapy as well as somatic approaches in her sessions. She sees Art, in particular movement and drawing, as having a powerful effect on healing, as well as paying attention to what the body is “saying” in an unconscious level in therapy. She is a strong believer in the body carrying wisdom that the mind sometimes may not offer. Marina is also trained in Yoga and Mindfulness and uses these practices to help with anxiety and staying in the here-and-now in sessions.
Marina grew up living in different countries and cultures which brought her immense cultural awareness, competence, and humility. If you are looking for a bilingual or multicultural therapist, please reach out to her. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Marina studied Psychology in São Paulo, Brazil and worked as a Psychotherapist focusing on Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. She completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, she mainly worked with individuals suffering from severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and Psychosis. Marina then moved to California to further her knowledge in the arts in therapy and worked in a locked psychiatric facility where she was honored to provide individual and group therapy with individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.
Now, Marina is in training at the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute to work with children and teens, helping them find new strategies of coping with what they are perceiving to be a challenge. With Children and teens, Marina will teach them skills on how to be more connected to themselves in times of chaos.