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Body-Mind Psychotherapy
& Life Coaching

Counseling individuals, couples, & groups.
Bilingual (English/Español), Intercultural Sensitive Therapy

Offering psychotherapy in Santa Cruz, CA area, and online throughout  California
Coaching Online Worldwide.


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:​

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

  • Complex Trauma, Childhood, adult, or relationship Trauma Resolution

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Sexual Abuse healing and recovery

  • Burn-out (work-related stress), Compassion Fatigue ( “vicarious traumatization” or secondary traumatization)

  • Heterosexual, LBGTQ, monogamous, non-monogamous relationship challenges.

  • Life Transitions (changes in work, relationships, health, financial, identity or role)

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Communication Skills

  • Spiritual Crisis

  • Relationship Issues

  • Healthy Sexuality

  • Search for meaning/passion in life

  • Reconnecting with Nature

  • Premarital Counseling

  • Executive/leadership skills



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Somatic Psychology


Parnell Institute

for EMDR

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Body-Mind (Somatic) Psychotherapist


Overcoming my own difficult life challenges and healing my traumas and wounds 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 the latest neuroscience research, which shows how the mind influences the body and how the body influences the mind. 


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.

  • Survivors Healing Center, MFT Internship, Santa Cruz CA, 2014-Present. Providing psychotherapy groups for survivors of sexual abuse.

  • 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 are 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

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Somatic Attachment & Trauma Resolution (currently): By Dr. Diane Poole Heller

  • Somatic Experiencing (currently)

  • Brain-Based Therapy 

  • Internal Family Systems & the Treatment of Trauma 

  • Sexual Abuse Treatment Training

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 


Other Trainings and Influences...




I offer on-going support groups as well as short-term therapy groups. Please, contact me to find out more. 

Survivor's of Sexual Abuse Men's Group

This group supports men in understanding that they are not alone and are not to blame. In a safe, supportive environment, we use writing, emotional release exercises, and other processes to explore our feelings, confront the violation, and recognize the anger resulting from the original abuse. Together we gather strength, celebrate survival, and take the steps necessary to heal and move on.



Men's Group - Relationships, Power and Sexuality.

Group forming now. Please contact me if you are interested space is limited..

Body Consciousness and Relationship skills

An upcoming group in 2020. Please contact me if you are interested.

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Marlon A. Guarino

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #109822


Please contact me to explore possibilities or if you have any questions. I see clients at my office in Santa Cruz, CA, and online via a secure platform. I am also happy to offer a FREE phone 20-minute consultation. Please, leave the best times and days to reach you. 


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By appointment. 



(831) 316-4827


Office Address

542 Ocean Street, Suite K,

Santa Cruz CA. 95060


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Services and Rates

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-minute sessions to be the most productive.

I offer a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. 

My rate is $200 - $220 for 50 to 55 minutes, and 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, Paypal, Zelle, 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 get in touch with your insurance provider directly for details on receiving reimbursement for "Out Of Network" mental health services.

Cancellation Policy

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.

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