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Elisabeth Gonella

Elisabeth Gonella


  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute


  • L.M.F.T., CA

Elisabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in the mental health and spiritual counseling fields for over 20 years.  The early years of her career were spent working primarily with adolescents at an emotional growth boarding school.  Here, she facilitated; therapeutic wilderness programs, Gestalt based group therapy, expressive arts, and daily activities as a vehicle for self-reflection.   Eight years in the Psychiatric Hospital setting with adults, children, adolescents and their families fostered an understanding of acute psychiatric care, crisis management and therapy with patients suffering from severe mental illness.  She has received training in working with substance abuse and dually diagnosed clients in both in patent and outpatient settings.

Currently, Elisabeth is seeing clients in private practice and at the Westmont College Counseling Center.  She continues to develop and lead Mother/Daughter programs promoting ceremonial rites of passage for girls. Elisabeth develops curriculum for The Therapist Development Center assisting hundreds of interns to pass the MFT exams (both California and National).  Elisabeth is a clinical member of both the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Areas of interest include: Intersection of spirituality and psychology, life transitions, career development, MBTI assessment, Depth Psychology, Conscious Parenting, Law and Ethics, Supervision.