About Marcella 

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Mindful Self Compassion Instructor, & Daring Way™ Facilitator


Marcella Cox, LMFT

Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.
— Brené Brown

My Approach

I will support you to connect with your inner strength, compassion and wisdom, as that's what allows you to change and heal.

My goal is to help you discover your true potential and lead a life of greater ease, fulfillment, and meaning. My therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic: we'll bring together mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, and attachment-based therapies to help you gain self-awareness and insight, and develop new ways of relating to yourself, others, and difficult situations.

My Journey

After working in the corporate world as a public relations and marketing consultant, followed by taking a hiatus for a few years to raise my children, I began searching for what would bring more meaning and purpose to my life. I was inspired to become a therapist because I found I had a knack for, and found fulfillment in, guiding people through their personal struggles. I have also fought my own battles, not always with ease, but with determination and hope. It's a great privilege to kindle that spark of hope within my clients, and walk with them on their journey as they discover their own inner wisdom and goodness, come to know themselves more deeply, and befriend themselves wholeheartedly.  



My Therapy Dog

Meet Walter!

He is a 4-year-old Shih Tzu therapy dog whom I bring to work. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, improve mood, and foster better communication skills.

Animals accept us as we are. They don’t judge and they don’t threaten. So you can interact with Walter, safe in the knowledge that he has no hidden agenda. 


How Can I Support You?

I offer all new clients a free 15-minute consultation. Please contact me, and we'll talk about your hopes and goals for therapy.

My Professional Background

Education, Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 87274

  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

  • Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Center for Self-Leadership

  • Certified Daring Way Facilitator (Dr. Brené Brown)

  • Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, UCSD Center for Mindfulness

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Yoga Alliance

  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur

  • BA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders

  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

  • National Eating Disorder Association

  • Binge Eating Disorder Association

Other Trainings & Certifications

  • Eating Disorder Prevention

  • Mindfulness, Mindful Self-Compassion, & Mindful Eating

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


How Can I Support You?

I offer a free 15-minute consultation to all new clients. Please contact me to find out how I can help you.