Valentino Therapy

Mobile , E: [email protected]

3030 Bridgeway, Suite 108, Sausalito, CA 94965

CV - Professional Profile

Licensed California Psychotherapist working in this field for over 10 years.

My clientele is diverse - ranging from First Responders, accident victims, and others with trauma, PTSD, head injury, memory loss, also persons suffering from pain, addiction, violence, depression, anxiety, job/life dissatisfaction, and relationship difficulties; working exclusively with adults and teens. Extensive experience and advanced certifications in addiction treatment and relapse prevention, with tech executives and engineers’ unique issues, also medical professionals, allows me to help many. I am a Solutions Focused Therapist providing assessment and treatment.

Being a prolific writer on psychology topics for blogs, social media, publications and private industry, as a speaker/guest lecturer, and expert witness I work to advance understanding of psychology and mental health needs, treatment and issues.

I can provide Professional Case Management for addiction and dual diagnosis patients, and I also serve as an Addiction Rehab Referral Source Professional.

Licensing & certifications

  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # MFC51746
  • Certified California Addiction Treatment Counselor, CATC IV, highest level attainable
  • Registered Addiction Specialist, RAS
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, ChT (cancer and medical patients only)
  • CERT, Certified Disaster Trained Team Member, Southern Marin Fire District trained in counseling, rescue, triage, counseling, public relations of disaster management, crisis decisions


  • John F. Kennedy University, Masters, Counseling Psychology, 2009
  • University of San Francisco, BA, Applied Economics 1984

Psychology - Therapeutic Experience

  • Screening, assessments, crisis intervention, placement, referrals, testing, goals and treatment plans, linkage to other agencies and programs
  • Experienced with diagnosis, dual diagnosis patients, developing, implementing and monitoring treatment/care plans and strengthening support systems, plus identifying barriers to success
  • Skilled in psycho-education: Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including teaching classes in CBT), DBT and Matrix Models, memory improvement
  • Experienced with substance abuse treatments; intensive outpatient and inpatient
  • Many years supervision experience, working successfully as a team leader, trainer
  • Approved Supervisor for MFT Interns and Trainees in Psychology Practicums

Therapy Achievements

  • Owner of a dynamic, successful private practice in Sausalito, CA
  • Commissioner, County of Marin, Alcohol and Other Drugs Board
  • Clinical Director of Psychology Services, Marina Detox, San Francisco private, licensed, luxury detox
  • Sought after writer, speaker and educator on mental health issues


Resume, Personal and Work History

Current Charitable Directorships and Offices

2016 - 2019 Chair, Mill Valley Arts Commission, appointed by MV City Council

2016 – 2018 Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board reporting to the Marin County Supervisors

Past and Current Political and Charitable Directorships and Offices

-Elected, President, National Women's Political Caucus, Marin chapter, 2000 and 2001

-Publicly elected, Commissioner, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, 1997-2001, Secretary 1999 & 2000, -President 2001, publicly re-elected 2001-2005, 2005 Vice President *Was instrumental in the successful merger of Southern Marin and Sausalito Fire Districts to improve public safety

-Publicly elected, Board of Directors, Strawberry Recreation District, 2001-2009, Vice Chair 2001, Chair 2002

-Appointed, Commissioner, Marin Women's Commission 2000-2001, by Board of Supervisors County of Marin

-Elected President Elect, California Association of Mortgage Brokers, Statewide 1995-1996, Vice President, Statewide l995, Secretary, Statewide l994-1995

-Appointed Director, Marin Humane Society 1992-1995

* Helped to institute Planned Giving and public art projects as fundraising mechanisms

-Elected, Community Advisory Board/Executive Committee, San Rafael Thrift and Loan 1992-1995 - Chair 1995

-Board of Directors, Community Institute for Psychotherapy 1995

-Elected California Mortgage Broker of the Year 1996-1997

-Appointed Director, Private Industry Council of Marin County 1997-1999, by Board of Supervisors County of Marin (Welfare and Public Assistance Oversight Board)

-Commissioner, Alcohol and Other Drug Commission for County of Marin 2016-2018

-Commissioner, Mill Valley Arts Commission, 2016- 2019 term, elected Chair 2017-19

* After 17 years effort, as Chair, I succeeded in getting Public Art approved, City of Mill Valley 2018

Work History

-1974-1977 Del Monte Real Estate Holdings, manager of various projects, leasing, capital improvements

-1977 to 1982 Real Estate Sales Agent for Merrill Lynch Realty. Attained Multi-Million Dollar Club status and Leading-Edge Society, which less than 2% of agents earned nationwide. Sales associate for Scott-McCall Realty. Named company Top Producer repeatedly and held record for top production in the history of the firm.

-1978 to 1987 Senior Speaker Dept. of Real Estate Advanced courses, Duane Gomer Speakers Bureau

-1980 to 1985 Expert Witness, Real Estate issues

-1982 to l991 Co-owner and manager of four pizzerias and a wholesale food company with 132 employees.

-1986 to 2008 Owner of Capital Mortgage Training School for loan processors and loan agents

-1984 to 2008 Owner, Capital Mortgage and Realty Inc. Residential, commercial and construction/remodel lending. This was the one of the largest mortgage companies in California & the largest female owned. Won California Mortgage Broker of the Year 1996 to 1997

Psychology Intern positions, short term to fulfill licensing requirements:

-Alta Mira Recovery, Sausalito, inpatient and outpatient, December 2010 to November 2011

-Options Recovery Services, Berkeley, February 2009 to January 2010

-Phoenix Academy, December 2008 to Oct 1, 2009 - case management, therapist/counselor, daily adolescent group facilitator and co-facilitator, weekly parent and Multi-Family group leader, assessment, intake and contract signing, continual interaction with legal and co-coordinated services providers

-Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Programs, San Rafael - November 2006 to November 2008, senior therapist/counselor, assessments, intake, contract signing, group facilitator, psycho-educational

Personal, Interests and Skills

- Artist, art collector, animal lover, traveler, avid reader

- Lifelong charitable and fund-raising activities and events, including but not limited to: National Women’s Political Caucus, Marin Humane Society Marin Designer’s Showcase, Marine Mammal Center, Marin Athletic Foundation, (ethical treatment of animals), Mill Valley Art Commission

- Author - (Cognac, Working with a Contractor, various mortgage industry manuals)

- Authored manual for Visa International for employee retention via home financing assistance programs

- Authored Quality Control plans (scrub manuals) for bulk mortgage purchases by small investor groups

- Author of Financing Section of nationally used REALTY BLUEBOOK, l989 Edition. (Did not include

Section on FHA and VA lending)