Marco Hernandez, LMFT #114132

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Marco is passionate about helping clients discover themselves and seeing the positive options and choices they have ahead of them. Marco believes that clients with resources and strengths can be successful in life. As such, he loves to help motivate clients to see the full potential they possess. Marco enjoys working with both younger clients and adult clients with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Parental Challenges, Grief and loss, and Behavioral difficulties.

Marco completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University and earned his Master’s in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy Certificate from Notre Dame de Namur University. Marco is a Sandtray Certified Therapist and completed Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) from the University of Queensland in Australia. Additionally, he attended different seminars at the Sigmund Freud institute in Vienna. As a result, his orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and he earned a Child-Parent Psychotherapy Practitioner Certificate from UCSF and Child Trauma Institute in San Francisco under the direction of Alicia Lieberman.

In his free time, Marco enjoys playing the piano professionally, painting, doing clay art, and going on hikes.

Location

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Children (0-12 years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family

I also speak: Spanish

Concerns

  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Autism and Asperger’s
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
  • Insomnia
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Postpartum Depression
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Relationships/Communication
  • School Refusal
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress

Experience 10+ years

Certifications 

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandtray/Sandbox Therapy
  • Trauma focused CBT
  • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Intensive Study/Specialization

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.