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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego
Offering telehealth in California and Oregon
Individual Therapy and Counseling using EMDR Therapy
(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 (www.emdr.com ), Emotional Freedom Techniques (www.emofree.com), and Advanced Integrative Therapy (www.aitherapy.org). 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

Calfornia and Oregon Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.A., Clinical Psychology,
Antioch University L.A., 1993; EMDR Level I and II training (2002) and advanced workshops, EFT Part 1 certification training (2000), AIT Basics Seminar (2010).

Free initial phone
consultation, accepting Aetna, Cigna, Optum/UHC and cash pay. $200-$150/session.

Office: Currently offering telehealth only in California and Oregon. 

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. 

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 in CA and OR. Taking Aetna, Cigna, Optum/UHC insurance or cash pay.
I am currently accepting new clients. Please email me to see how I can be of help.