As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist serving San Jose and surrounding areas for over 17 years, I have helped hundreds of individuals, couples, children and teens in my private practice at the Almaden Institute for Individual and Family Growth. I have also served as the Clinical Director of the Teen and Family Counseling Center in Campbell, California where I learned first-hand about the pressures facing today's teens and families and created counseling programs, education, and an alcohol and drug prevention program for Bay Area elementary, middle and high schools.  I also enjoy being a Clinical Supervisor working to train and supervise Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees and Interns. I hold Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Public Relations from the University of Southern California, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.

My areas of experience and specialty include:
Individuals and families struggling with addiction and substance abuse
Couples Counseling
Parenting and Family Therapy
Co-parenting/Collaborative Divorce Counseling

Mood Disorders such as depression, bipolar and anxiety
Perinatal Mood Disorders such as postpartum depression and anxiety
Children and Teen Issues
Childhood Obesity and Weight Related Issues

Women's Issues:  Relationships, Self-Esteem, Assertiveness, Codependence, Menopause, Mothering and Eating/Body Image
Men's Issues: Assertiveness, Stress and Anger Management, Irritability, Isolation, Internet/Porn Addiction

California BBS License#35980

Marianne Vernacchia, MFT
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

(408) 266-7826, Ext. 307
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