Individuals Couples Families Groups In-Person or Online (Telehealth)
Imagine extending beyond your limitations or struggles, to become whom you are truly meant to be guided by who you truly are.
Sometimes in our lives, as we try to be as authentic and connected to ourselves, others, and our passions, we may find ourselves stuck in patterns of fears, confusion, or indecision. This stuckness and suffering hinder us from experiencing the empowered, expansive, creative, organic self within; the organic self that wants to express the unique gift that you are, and the gifts you bring to the world. The purpose of my work and my passion is to facilitate in a safe non-judgmental way, healing and reconnection to your more expansive genuine self, so that you may manifest your life's purpose.
I work holistically (mind-body) with individuals, couples, families, and groups at my office, phone or online thru audio/video conference. If requested by client and appropriate, I also work respectfully and supportive within your spiritual, religious or atheist believes.
I have experience and work in areas such as:
Body-Mind (Somatic) Psychotherapist
Overcoming my own difficult life challenges and healing my traumas and woundings inspires my passion and dedication to supporting others in their difficult times. Having gone through these experiences and grateful for supporting others, I feel a deep sense of hope, compassion, and confidence that others can successfully overcome their own challenges as well.
Another significant preparation for my work has been learning and experiencing different healing approaches and traditions, as well as seeking the best teachers throughout the world. Starting in my late teens with meditation and eastern traditions, and continued for decades with psychology, spirituality, various philosophies, indigenous traditions, and currently with neuroscience, trauma resolution, and the integration of mind-body-spirit-nature. Also, having had a successful career as an independent consultant, I helped Fortune 100 corporations, non-profit organizations and startup companies develop new technologies, products, and strategic planning.
My unique approach to psychotherapy is holistic and deeply rooted in the mind-body-spirit-nature connection. I facilitate to resolve issues using body-mind centered (Somatic) experiential psychotherapies. Somatic psychotherapies pay attention to how our bodies hold on to past wounds or traumas that are reflected in our body language, posture and also expressions….as supported by latest neuroscience research, which shows how the mind influences the body and how the body influences the mind. If requested by the client and is relevant, I work respectfully and supportive within your spiritual, religious or atheist believes.
I am fluent in English and Spanish and have lived and traveled in many countries. These experiences, my extensive training, and clinical experience help me develop effective specific and culturally sensitive approaches to each client’s needs.
Education & Clinical Experience
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA - Providing psychotherapy by successfully completing over 3,000 hours of registered internship in various clinical settings.
Psychotherapy Private Practice, MFT Internship, Santa Cruz CA, 2015 – 2018. Providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Supervised by Ama Delevett LMFT. Santa Cruz CA.
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, MFT Internship/Bi-lingual counseling, Santa Cruz CA, 2012-2017. Providing affordable counseling services for families, groups, couples, individuals, and children. http://fsa-cc.org/
Survivors Healing Center, MFT Internship, Santa Cruz CA, 2014-Present. Providing psychotherapy groups for survivors of sexual abuse. http://fsa-cc.org/survivors-healing-center/
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Concentration Somatic Psychology (Marital and Family Therapy Licensure Track), May 2013, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute | The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Business Administration 1983, Pace University, New York. -- Major: Management Information Systems. Minor: Psychology
Associations and Memberships
Advanced Clinical Trainings
Some of my advanced trainings include, but not limited to the ones listed here:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children
Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS) Model of Human Systems: based on the Hakomi Method
Somatic Attachment & Trauma Resolution (currently): By Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Somatic Experiencing (currently)
Internal Family Systems & the Treatment of Trauma
Sexual Abuse Treatment Training
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
I offer on-going support groups as well as short-term therapy groups. Please, contact me to find out more.
Marlon A. Guarino
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #109822
Please contact me to explore possibilities or if you have any questions. I am also happy to offer a FREE phone 20-minute consultation. Please, leave the best times and days to reach you.
Services and Fees
I see clients at my office in Santa Cruz, CA, and online via a secure platform.
Sessions are usually 50 minutes, however, many clients find 75 minutes sessions to be most productive.
I offer a FREE 20-minute phone consultation.
My fee is $150 for 50 minutes, and I have a special discount for 75 minutes-weekly sessions. I offer a few sliding scale sessions for those in financial need. I ask that clients pay the highest amount they can comfortably afford, so those with lesser means can also be accommodated.
Payment is due at the time of service, cash and checks are accepted.
I do not currently accept insurance, however, I can provide you with an invoice for your insurance if your insurance plan covers expenses for an out-of-network provider. Please contact your insurance provider directly for details on receiving reimbursement for "Out Of Network" mental health services.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged for the full rate of the session.
542 Ocean Street, Suite K,
Santa Cruz CA. 95060