Florina Petcu, LMFT

  • 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 Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

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