I help people struggling with grief and loss find a way out of the sadness and back into a normal life. Figuring out what life should look like after a loss can be one of life’s most complex and confusing emotional journeys. Is “moving forward” being disloyal to my loved one’s memory? Will I ever feel “whole” again? As you know, questions like that are just the tip of the iceberg. I would be honored to walk beside you as you navigate these trying times.
I also help people struggling with depression and anxiety. The fast pace of today’s lifestyles leaves most of us struggling with depression or anxiety at some point. Racing thoughts, never feeling like we’re ever caught up, staying up late to just have a moment to yourself, never feeling like your life is your own – we’ve all been there. I can help you step off that treadmill and into a life you enjoy.
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody” – Maya Angelou
-Marsha Fernandez, LMFT
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Cal State University Monterey Bay, and my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 90855).
I have extensive experience working with diverse clientele including adolescents, at risk youth, young adults, Veterans, couples, and adults. I have worked with schools to provide therapy to youth with IEP plans and spent time developing the behavioral health services for SELPA programs in Fresno/Madera Counties, advocating for youth and families to obtain the services needed to strive within the educational systems. I provided therapy to youth in juvenile halls, collaborating with staff, probation, and educating the system partners on mental health. I have spent years working with community based programs, non-profit organizations, community health clinics and private practice. Lately I have worked hard to provide therapy to those dealing with and affected by COVID-19 (isn’t this really all of us?), and figuring out how to cope and manage during a pandemic and its aftermath.
My strengths lie in working with adults and teens who struggle with:
I also have extensive experience working with blended families and the LGBTQIA+ population.
I have lived in California my entire life! I was born and raised in Woodland, CA and while my husband and I have moved all over the state, I realized I truly belong here in Northern California. Living across various cities in California has given me firsthand views of how amazing and diverse our state truly is. I am lucky to have three “Bonus Kids”- I am a Bonus Parent (not a step mom!) and have enjoyed being a part of their lives as they have grown into young men. I have a huge passion for travel, having visited many countries including most recently Israel. You’ll often find me dreaming of my return to Paris!
I thrive on concerts as music not only makes me smile, it feeds my soul. The best days are spent simply with my family and friends and ALWAYS with my beloved Dachshund, Eddie Vedder.
Please complete the online intake paperwork before your first session. It takes a while to complete – plan on about 30 minutes – but having this information prior to your arrival helps me make the most of our time together. If the person seeking treatment is a child or adolescent, please fill out the “child/adolescent” paperwork; otherwise please complete the “adult” paperwork. Lastly, only complete the “Release of Information” if requested once we begin meeting. I will provide you with the password.