About Me and Why I Focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Treat Depression, Anxiety, and Other Issues


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help people lead a more peaceful life by learning problem-solving skills to change the negative patterns of thinking

When I moved to California from Brazil in 1997, I realized that I wanted to become a psychotherapist to help people find the joy in life and solve their problems. I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. 

I worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 15 years. During the last 10 years I also had my private practice. I am pleased to now focus only on my private practice where I help adults, couples, teens, pre-teens and families cope with feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed out.  I can also help people in Spanish and Portuguese since I’m fluent in these languages.

Prior to moving to the U.S., in Brazil I received a Ph.D. in Human Sciences at the Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro.  During this time, I published a book and several articles as well as presented at national and international conferences. I also did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Social & Behavioral Science at University of California, San Francisco. 

Why I Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy-teaches-skills-to deal-with-depression-anxiety-OCD-ADHD-and-other-problemsI primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it has been proven to be an effective approach to dealing with a wide range of psychological problems. The way you think influences how you feel, how you act and how your body reacts. How you feel is really determined by how you interpret events that happen to you instead of what is really occurring. Cognitive therapists teach skills for learning how to evaluate your thoughts more accurately, and to replace negative distorted thoughts with healthy positive thoughts.

You can read more about what is CBT.

I enjoy taking seminar training courses to keep up with the latest developments in psychology and advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tools for treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, relationship issues, sexual issues, PTSD, bipolar illness, and other emotional problems. I work collaboratively with you, teaching you how to apply CBT, Mindfulness, and other techniques to help yourself through difficult times and circumstances.

Contact for a Free Phone Consultation

For a free phone consultation, please call or text me at 408-466-9168 or email me at: marlidiniz@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you and helping you lead a more peaceful life.