Marilyn has completed her clinical intern hours and facilitates adolescent, adults, and family groups for the Intensive Outpatient Program and the six-bed residential at Malibu Balance Treatment Center. Marilyn is passionate about working with diverse clients and families so that they may become more aware of the link between the mind and body as they work toward recovery.
Marilyn practices culturally competency with clients and cultivates awareness of stagnant emotions through mindfulness. She believes it is vital to practice mindfulness daily to reduce stress levels and to notice present in the moment. She believes it is imperative to explore the client’s strengths and passions. Marilyn is certified as a Seeking Safety Therapist emphasizing the links between substance abuse and PTSD and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Marilyn earned a B.S. from California State University, Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development, where she worked as a preschool/pre-kindergarten teacher and behavioral interventionist for children on the Autism Spectrum. Marilyn left the early childhood setting to pursue her dream of integrating mindfulness meditation and conflict resolution, psychoeducation and psychotherapy. She earned a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge.
Previous to Malibu Balance Marilyn obtained her clinical hours at a donation based clinic to individuals, children, families, and couples utilizing Play Therapy as well as facilitating group therapy and case management at an acute psychiatric hospital. Marilyn has studied abroad in Mexico City, Mexico at a CPSS immersion program specializing in Latin American Family Therapy.
Marilyn is now working remotely with many populations that include people of color who have never sought out therapy. She has recently been traveling throughout Europe, El Salvador, and Mexico. She is currently recruiting licensed therapists and writing blogs.
Marilyn plans on becoming certified as a Mindful Facilitator with StirFry Seminars and Consulting. Marilyn is also a licensed Zumba® instructor.