Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., MFT

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Who We Are

Gesell Psychotherapy is a group of exceptionally skilled clinicians on a mission to help people experience psychological freedom, gain greater intimacy in relationships, connect to soul and feel more alive. Our therapists believe in creating a sacred space where individuals can honor their true feelings and learn to let go of shame. Our treatment approach focuses on helping individuals develop mindfulness, curiosity and self-compassion. we are dedicated to supporting healing and growth. 
 
Areas of Specialization
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Trauma Recovery
  • EMDR 
  • Adults who have endured childhood abuse or neglect
  • Mid-Life Issues and Transitions
  • Identity Issues 
  • Women, Motherhood and Postpartum Depression
  • Caregivers coping with issues of Death and Dying
  • Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

The Many Benefits of Psychotherapy
  • 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

 
Our Team of Therapists
 

 BRENDA GESELL, PH.D., MFT   
 
 
 
 AMANDA SCHUBERT, M.S., MFT
 
 
 
ASHLEIGH SORENSON, M.S., MFT                          
 
 

NICOLE BACHANAS, M.S., MFT
 
 

RYAN MICHELLE WALL, M.S., AMFT   
 
 
 
EMILY SANDERS, M.S., MFT
 
 

ANDREY ANTONEKO, M.S., AMFT                              

 
 
SUZY ROBERTS, M.S., AMFT
 
 At Gesell Psychotherapy we have a warm, compassionate, down-to-earth style. Our therapists use a relational, depth-oriented treatment approach that focuses helping people improve self-awareness, learn self-acceptance and create greater intimacy in their relationships.   It is common for patients to come in and report feeling "stuck". We work to help them find resolutions to their problems by better understanding themselves and communicating their needs to others. With just a little help they become "unstuck" and feel a great deal better. We also often work with individuals who experience an inner critical voice that attacks them with messages such as: “I am not enough” or "I am not enough, yet". Some explain feeling overly responsible and share that they have difficulty expressing their authentic feelings to others. Others judge themselves severely and feel strong feelings of self-loathing. Our patients discover that there is plenty of room for every aspect of their personhood. Shame, anxiety and self-loathing dissipate; self-acceptance is the natural byproduct of psychotherapeutic work. Self-compassion and acceptance lead to greater joy and fulfillment in interpersonal relationships. 
Many of our patients begin psychotherapy with the belief that they need to reject elements of their personality, body or spirituality in order to gain love from others. Feelings of hopelessness, shame, guilt, anxiety, and of “not being enough” are common. We help our patients learn to accept and care for themselves wholly and freely. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Dr. Brenda Gesell Reaches

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