Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., MFT

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Do you often feel "not good enough" or "not good enough yet"? 
 I regularly work with people who minimize their feelings and judge themselves harshly. My clients are often tormented by a inner critic. Many begin psychotherapy with the belief that they need to get rid of part of their personality or body in order to gain love from others and feel better. This just isn't true. There is plenty of room for every aspect of your personhood. I would like to help you learn to accept yourself and trust your own inner wisdom. 
  • Depression  
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Adults who have endured childhood abuse or neglect

Benefits of Psychotherapy with Dr. Brenda Gesell
  • Make sense of painful experiences
  • Better understand yourself and others
  • Develop emotional resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Become more aware of emotions and become less reactive 
  • Build confidence and learn effective communication
  • Resolve conflicts with greater ease 
  • Develop the tools to work through future emotions
  • Learn how to cultivate meaningful relationships with real and lasting intimacy

I believe in creating a sacred space where individuals can honor their true feelings. I do not offer trite clichés; I am genuine and down-to-earth. I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and I focus on helping individuals develop mindfulness, curiosity and self-compassion. Most importantly, I am dedicated to supporting your healing and growth.

 About Dr. Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., MFT
I have a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Newport Beach, California. I have been practicing therapy for over 18 years and was a professor teaching therapists in graduate school for over a decade. 

Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Depth Psychology

M.S., Masters in Science in Clinical Psychology

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of California, No. 43151


You can listen to Dr. Gesell's podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Youtube or listen now by clicking on the link below:
 Don't Go There Podcast

You can learn more about Dr. Gesell at her website

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Newport Beach CA
Newport Coast CA
Irvine CA
Corona Del Mar CA