Marna Cathleen, LCSW


 “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Therapy is a journey that often leads to appreciation, understanding and compassion for yourself and others.  By exploring your struggles, losses and pain in a safe space, you will begin to break limiting patterns so that you can have the happiness and the joy you long for.  

Marna’s therapeutic journey started in 1989 as a therapy client.   Marna has struggled with PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks and has been a therapy client for many years.  She understands the healing path, recognizes the pitfalls and understands the road blocks. She uses the tools she teaches to her clients in her daily life.  Marna began practicing meditation at 16years old to manage anxiety and bring presence and deep listening to each of her clients

She uses a strength-based approach with the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and coping skills.   In sessions you will discover the patterns that are holding you back from the life you want, and you will learn skills to change those patterns and have more clarity and inner strength so that you become the best version of you that you can be.  

Marna has been providing therapy in California and Oregon since 2013.  She graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University, in California.  She trained for four years in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco body-centered psychotherapy.   She has spent the last year and half supporting individuals with major depressive disorder, PTSD and anxiety disorders in a hospital setting.

Marna believes it is a privilege to learn about the specific difficulties people go through in life.  She has seen how life dissatisfaction can lead to depression and anxiety and is passionate that change is possible.  She has worked with individual, couples, in groups, has run workshops, and provides trainings to other professionals. She has seen individuals overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  And believes that no matter what you are struggling with right now, you can, over time, one step at time, over-come and have happiness, joy, appreciation and compassion for yourself and others.”  

My Training


San Jose University, Master of Social Work

Concentration in Health/Mental Health

Graduated December 2013

Medical Social Work Certificate, San Jose State University 2013

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, 2008

Work Experiences

Peace Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Transition Team, QMHP, Therapist, Eugene Oregon

Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, Behavioral Health Provider, Santa Cruz, CA

Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, Alexian Homeless Clinic, Medical Social Worker, San Jose, CA

Homeless Garden Project, MSW Intern Therapist, Santa Cruz, CA

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Monterey, MSW Intern Therapist, Watsonville, CA

Conferences and Trainings

2017 DBT in a Nutshell, Portland DBT Institute, Eugene Oregon

2016 DBT Adaptations, Palo Alto, CA

2015 Motivational Interviewing- Oakland, CA

2013 Transgender Training- Santa Cruz County, CA

2013 PTSD Training- John Preston, Santa Cruz County, CA

2013 Psychosis Training- Catholic Charities, Watsonville, CA

2012 Working with Older Adults Training – San Jose, CA

2010 Hospice Grief Support Training Santa Cruz, CA

2009 Innovative Teacher Project, International Dialogue on Social Justice, SF, CA

2009 Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology training Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, CA

2008 Working with Trauma/PTSD training- Babette Rothschild LCSW, Berkeley, CA

2008 Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, 2-year TA for comprehensive training, SF, CA

2006 Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy Training, 2-year comprehensive, SF, CA