Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., M.F.T., Marriage & Family Therapy in Newport Beach, California, 92660

Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., M.F.T.
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Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 43151
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 11770
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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Office 1
1000 Quail Street, Suite 275
Newport Beach, California 92660
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  • Accessible Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom

Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: 175.00 a session

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It takes courage to ask for help. Thank you for reaching out. I love helping people accept themselves, claim their value and discover their inner strength. Healing is possible!

I have a warm and down-to-earth style and I have been practicing therapy for over 18 years. I would like to help you quiet your inner critical voice, help you develop self-compassion, mindfulness and increase the intimacy in your relationships. I look forward to hearing from you!

Email or Call Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., M.F.T. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11770

More Info About My Practice

I specialize in:

Depression and Anxiety

Trauma Recovery

Adults who have endured childhood abuse or neglect

It is common for people to come in my office and report feeling "stuck". I work to help them find resolutions to their problems by better understanding themselves and communicating their needs to others. With just a little help they become "unstuck" and feel a great deal better.

I also often work with individuals who experience an inner critical voice that attacks them with messages such as: ?I am not enough? and "I cannot trust others". Many begin psychotherapy with the belief that they need to get rid of part of their personality or body in order to gain love from others and feel better. This just isn't true. There is plenty of room for every aspect of your personhood. Self-acceptance is the natural byproduct of psychotherapeutic work. And self-compassion and acceptance lead to greater joy, fulfillment and empowerment!

How Psychotherapy Can Help

I believe we should all try psychotherapy at some point in our lives. Most of us have grown up ignoring our feelings and repressing emotions. We apologize when we cry and we struggle with the concept of healthy anger. It?s what our culture teaches us to do. When we repress our emotions, however, our intimacy with loved ones suffers. If we don?t learn how to make sense of our feelings, we become depressed. Back pain, ulcers, migraines, difficulty sleeping and a host of other somatic symptoms can show up when we ignore our anger and grief. It?s useless to try to ?shake it off,? because it?s really impossible. Our feelings don?t disappear. And eventually we?ll have to pay the bill.

Psychotherapy helps us to make sense of painful experiences. We learn how to build emotional resilience, practice self-compassion and use mindfulness. When we work through unprocessed experiences, we develop the tools to work through future emotions. When we learn how to process and become aware of our emotions we become less reactive and we become able to cultivate meaningful relationships with real and lasting intimacy. Numbness, resentment, passive aggressive behaviors, co-dependence, self-harm, eating disorders and angry outbursts are the result of unprocessed emotional experiences. Processing those emotions through psychotherapy leads to intimacy, confidence, joy, empowerment and effective communication. Psychotherapy is for intelligent, brave individuals who want to better understand themselves and others, to resolve conflicts with greater ease and to experience greater joy. I encourage everyone to try it.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inadequacy
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

  • Dreamwork
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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