Counselors

Marcia Garceau

Address:
3262 Holiday Ct Ste 220, La Jolla, CA 92037

Website: http://www.cognitivetherapysandiego.com

Phone: (585) 431-9735
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Ms. Garceau has been helping individuals, children, families, and groups for over six years. Marcia has an MBA from Butler University, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. With internships at Kaiser Permanente, YWCA of San Diego and MHS Providence Place, Ms. Garceau has a broad base of clinical experience serving diverse clients throughout Southern California. She has had extensive experience in treating anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder and OCD; depression; attention deficit disorders; eating disorders; work/career-related problems; self esteem, re

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