Before specializing in psychology, Fenella obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of London, England. After spending many years researching the brain, she decided to look at mental health in a different way. Driven by a passion to understand why people do what they do, she left science and entered the psychology field.
Fenella is currently in private practice in Petaluma as a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern IMF 52805, supervised by Margie Jamin MFT, MFC 34363
Marriage & Family Therapist
EducationDominican University of California
TrainingFenella has worked with children, adults, couples and families. She has also given psycho- educational workshops to teachers to help them in the class room setting. Fenella’s passion is the connection she finds when working with others in a one-on-one therapeutic setting. Integrating her science background with psychology, Fenella has a particular interest in trauma and how trauma affects lives
Payment OptionsFee $80-90 As part of my ethical commitment to the profession, I have a sliding scale fee. Please feel free to inquire. Currently, referrals from CPS and the Victim Witness Assistance Program are accepted. Some insurance may be considered.
ServicesIndividual Therapy Psychological problems are thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause difficulty with the ability to work and enjoy life. Your interpersonal relationships may also suffer. In Individual therapy, you willl work closely with the therapist to face whatever it is you spend your energy trying not to feel. You will face your defenses. As a result of this, you will experience a greater sense of freedom, a chance for you to rediscover your own voice and your true feelings.
Family & Child Therapy Common reasons for referral of a child include Anxiety, Sadness, Anger, or Irritability; Sleep difficulties; Inattention and impulsivity; Underachievement in school; Trauma; Peer and Sibling Relationships including bullying or being bullied; Adjustment to prepubescent and pubescent physical and emotional changes. Family life stress associated with this include: Single parenthood; Divorce; Developing unified parenting strategies; Building secure parent child relationships; Limit setting; Fostering children’s strengths, independence, and success .
Group Therapy I offer both long term and short term group therapy sessions that will be limited to a group of 5 members. Some groups are more general in focus, with goals related to improving overall life satisfaction and effective life functioning, especially in the area of interpersonal relationships. Other groups are "focused" . These group members focus on a specific topic or problem area in their life. Examples of these types of groups include depression, stress management skills and assertiveness.
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