Marina Smerling

Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Marina Smerling

Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Primary Credential: Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $125 per 50 minute session


1705 NW 6th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609

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My Approach to Helping

I work with smart, self-aware women who are nonetheless scared they’re not enough, that they don’t have what it takes, and that they’re fundamentally broken in some way. Women who, despite their “success” in school or at work or in finding intimate relationships, feel ashamed at their core and afraid to let themselves be fully seen and known. They believe if they were somehow more “enough” – more playful, loving, communicative, empowered, etc., etc. enough – *then* they’d finally feel more comfortable in their own skin, be able to trust themselves, and able to live the life of their dreams.

I help women to stop the waiting game. To stop waiting for perfection, for ever-elusive enlightenment and breakthroughs, and to learn to be the loving ally to themselves they always deserved but never had. As a result, they become more confident, clear, and empowered to make the life, career, and relationship choices that serve them now, without waiting.

As a former women's empowerment coach and teacher of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), I've supported countless women in becoming better allies to themselves, able to more easily identify and advocate for their needs, and more able to rest in their bones, as they are, in all their glorious human imperfection.

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Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Family and intimate relationship challenges, communication, getting clear on one's career or academic path, self-doubt, and self-esteem challenges.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with women in their 20s or 30s who are high-achieving but nonetheless struggle with self-doubt and self-compassion especially as they relate to career and relationship challenges.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion

Types of Therapy

  • Hakomi
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
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