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Mary L. Obata, M.A., LMFT

Using Traditional and Cutting-Edge Techniques such as EMDR Therapy and EFT to Resolve Issues and Strengthen Resources within a Safe, Supportive Relationship
5100 Marlborough Drive
San Diego, CA
San Diego, 92116
(619) 220-4680

"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 ( and EFT ( These powerful and effective techniques engage the mind and body to provide relief from trauma and abuse, stuck patterns and beliefs, addictions, anxiety, anger, and grief. They also help strengthen internal resources and enhance performance. I am very excited about the potential of these tools to 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 psychotherapist, I provide individual counseling and therapy with advanced training as an EMDR therapist. I also offer a pregnancy/postpartum support group, Getting Beyond the Unexpected.

Memberships include: California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists; EMDR International Association; Postpartum Support International; Past President, Postpartum Health Alliance. As publisher of this online directory, I am also happy to provide a resource that empowers clients to make more informed choices.

Specializing in the following areas:

  • Fostering Self-Esteem and Empowerment
  • Cultivating Personal and Spiritual Growth
  • Relieving Depression and Anxiety
  • Resolving Grief, Loss and Anger
  • Facilitating Stress Management
  • Overcoming Trauma/Abuse and PTSD
  • Improving Relationships
  • Determining Marriage/Divorce
  • Exploring Women's Issues
  • Coping with Pregnancy/Infertility Issues
  • Alleviating Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
  • Examining Multiracial/Multicultural Issues
Additional Info
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
  • PPO Insurance (as an out-of-network provider)
Payment: Sliding scale available
Credentials and Licenses
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: MFC 44277
Other Credentials: M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles, 1993; EMDR Level I & II training, 2002, and advanced workshops.

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