Florina Petcu, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Depression & Self-harm
  • Ages: Children 2+,Teens, Adults, Couples, & Family Therapy

Special Interests

  • Athletes
  • LGBTQQIA community

Experience 5+ Years

Florina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over five years of experience in the mental health field in various settings such as community mental health including San Mateo County Youth clinic, after school program, nonprofit organizations, and teen residential treatment. Florina provided individual, family, and group therapy to children as young as 12 months, families, and adults of all ages. She has experience working with adolescents in residential treatment with emotional and behavioral issues, multiple risk factors including psychiatric hospitalization, self-harm, out-of-home placement, gang affiliation, and complex trauma. Florina utilized evidenced-based therapies including CBT, ARC, therapeutic arts, and sensory integration to help her clients improve and effectively manage their symptoms related to depression, anxiety, anger, life transitions, and trauma.

Florina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Psychology and Creative Movement Therapy from The City University of New York – Interdisciplinary and Unique Studies, and her Master in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University. She is an active member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

In addition to therapy, Florina has experience as a Psychology professor, performing artist, and athletic coach.

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.