Marina Costanzo, PhD
Dr. Costanzo accepts Aetna, Cigna, Optum and UHC. She also sees folks as an out-of-network provider.
Hi there, I’m Dr. Marina Costanzo (she/her/hers), a licensed clinical psychologist in California.
It can be intimidating to enter (or re-enter) therapy with someone new, and face areas of our lives that we’ve been feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, shameful, hopeless, stressed, or fearful about. I have a warm and non-judgmental approach to therapy, and hope to facilitate compassion, accountability, and empowerment. I will collaborate with you to provide effective tools for coping in the present, opportunities to safely explore the past, and to build hope, satisfaction, and joy for your future.
I value working with clients facing all kinds of difficulties; and specialize in working with emotion regulation, identity exploration, trauma, PTSD, the toxic stress of oppressions , body acceptance, gender and sexuality exploration, meaning-making, and healthy relationships (within ourselves and others). Much of my experience has involved working with people who are LGBTQ+, have experienced sexualized and/or interpersonal violence, are enduring oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, cissesxism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, sizeism, ageism), are coping with health conditions (e.g., chronic pain, HIV, reproductive issues), have a history of incarceration, are healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, residents, nurses), as well as couples (of all orientations and relationship structures).
My clinical work is rooted in evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and I have advanced specializations in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for PTSD, Exposure Therapy for Phobias, Motivational-Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) and the Gottman Method for Couples.
For professional training, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Montana, with a focus on sexualized violence and internalized oppressions. I completed a APA-accredited internship at the Portland VA (focused on trauma psychology, LGBTQ+ health, health psychology, and neuropsychology) followed by an APA-accredited fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Academic Medical Center (focused on women’s health, LGBTQ+ health, gender affirming care, and poverty medicine).
Prior to Grounded, I worked in community centers, rape crisis clinics, prisons, universities, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient clinics. These experiences inform my current clinical work, and my continued dedication to research, training, teaching, and advocacy.