postpartum depression in San Diego
EMDR therapist in San Diego, San Diego EMDR therapist, Brainspotting

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego
Individual Therapy and Counseling using EMDR Therapy
Kensington (619) 220-4680 Email Me Here

"I believe the most important element in the therapeutic relationship is
the connection between therapist and client — person to person."


What I bring to the relationship is warmth, caring, and a gentle and compassionate presence. I am open-minded, flexible, and collaborative in my approach. Together we explore issues to promote your growth and healing. At the core of what I provide is an unending faith in your ability to transform the way you live your life.

My most important role as a therapist is to empower my clients. I support you in finding your own answers and solutions, gently guiding you to discover what works for you and facilitating the unfolding of your own process. My aim is to foster inner trust and enhance your strengths in order for you to experience greater joy, power, and freedom in your life.

Seeking to utilize the most effective methods for healing, I employ both traditional and cutting-edge approaches, including EMDR therapy ( ), Emotional Freedom Techniques (, and Advanced Integrative Therapy ( These profoundly effective techniques engage the mind and body to provide relief from trauma and abuse, stuck patterns and beliefs, anxiety, anger, grief, and addictions. They also help strengthen internal resources and enhance performance. I am very excited about the potential of these tools to help make a difference in your life.

I have over twenty years of experience counseling clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of issues. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I provide individual counseling and therapy, with special training as an EMDR therapist. I was trained in 2002 and have advanced training in  Attachment-Focused EMDR (Laliotis), Early Trauma Protocol (O'Shea), Feeling State Addiction Protocol (Miller), Brainspotting (Grand), Lifespan Integration (Pace), Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (Schmidt), and Affect Management Skills Training (Omaha).
Mary L. Obata, San Diego EMDR therapist, therapist and counselor in San Diego, Brainspotting

M.A., Clinical
Psychology, Antioch
University L.A., 1993; EMDR Level II training (2002) and advanced workshops, EFT Part 1 certification training (2000), AIT Basics Seminar (2010).
Payment: Free initial phone
consultation, sliding scale,
some insur
ance accepted.
Office: 5100 Marlborough Drive, San Diego, CA  92116
(Close to I-8 and I-15)

I also have special expertise in the area of pregnancy/postpartum issues and have given numerous lectures and trainings on postpartum depression and related disorders. A pregnancy/postpartum support group I offer in San Diego is:
Getting Beyond the Unexpected - Support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers who are struggling. Receive support, information, and tools to help get beyond prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. You are not alone. At least 1 in 7 mothers suffer during pregnancy and the first year. Sliding scale fee. Please sign up to get announcements at:

Memberships include: California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists; EMDR International Association; Postpartum Support International; Past President, San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance. 

     Specializing in the following areas:
Fostering Self-Esteem and Empowerment
Cultivating Personal and Spiritual Growth
Improving Assertiveness in Relationships
Relieving Depression and Anxiety
 Facilitating Anger Management
Overcoming Trauma/Abuse and Addictions
Resolving Grief and Loss
Exploring Women's Issues
Coping with Pregnancy/Infertility Issues
Alleviating Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
Resolving Pregnancy/Birth Trauma
Examining Multiracial/Multicultural Issues


Please note:
Offering telehealth indefinitely. Only accepting Aetna, Cigna, or cash pay.
I am currently booked up. Please email me to be added to a waitlist.