My name is Dr. Marcella Kreysa
I am a bilingual, bicultural Latina psychologist who has been specializing in therapeutic work with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 13 years in both English and Spanish.
I specialize in psychotherapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments that identify and treat challenges related to development, autism, learning, attention, mood, personality, identity, sexuality, relationships, and other psychological concerns. I have found a passion working with diverse and vulnerable folks across the lifespan, who have experienced trauma, along with other hardships which have led to distress in their life. I am also accredited in Triple P, a positive parenting framework to help parents and children find more balance and joy in their lives. This training grants me the opportunity to work with parents to build aa stronger connection and understanding of their child, while helping to establish a structure that fits the family's needs. I also enjoy working with expectant or new mothers, as well as those who may have experienced some form of grief or loss on the journey of becoming a parent.
My clinical approach is framed from an attachment and psychodynamic lens within a systemic frame, utilizing a relational and collaborative approach. I aim to build a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients to truly understand them and their unique needs. I never presumes to know everything about a person without exploring it with them first. I utilize various forms of therapeutic interventions to help individuals begin to understand themselves and actualize their potential. It is also with this passion for powerful clinical treatment that I believe in the importance of training and supervising future psychologists. When working with trainees, I work from a developmental growth model that allows budding psychologists to learn clinical best practices in a way that honors their own style and therapeutic approach.
My clinical journey began when I earned my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2011. However, my desire to better understand the psychological underpinnings of people drove me to pursue my doctoral degree in clinical psychology and graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2016. Throughout my training, I worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups to help them build better understanding of themselves, improve communication, regulate emotions, and support resiliency among families within the community. I have had the pleasure of working in community mental health clinics, a Juvenile Hall, a county a receiving home, and a psychiatric hospital. I completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at an APPIC accredited site that focused on providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and their families.
My training lead me to become the Assistant Program Director of an Intern and Resident training program and loved being a part of the training and development of future psychologists. I also had the opportunity to provide direct services, as well as supervision and training related to the psychological treatment of children and adults who were acutely and severely impacted by mental health. After years in private practice, I continue to find passion for meeting with clients directly, as well a continuing to supervise and train developing psychologist. Currently, I am the Assessment Program Director and Clinical Supervisor at a local Sacramento mental health clinic dedicated to providing quality services to their clients. Additionally, I had the honor of being a Past President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association and has volunteered her time and energy for over 5 years on the board of directors to contribute to the strengthening of our local mental health community.