My years working in film, theater, design and in expressive and healing arts have fostered a strong belief in the power of imagination, play, and curiosity to influence and shape our experience as we continue on this path of self-awareness and self-actualization.

Integral in this process of unfolding is the interplay of the body, mind, and spiritual life.

My own meditation practice formally began in 1993, which very much informs the way in which I experience and respect my clients to be carriers of their own inner resources.

I work with clients to discover their own inner knowledge and wisdom. When appropriate, I encourage clients to explore their own meditation practice, if that speaks to them, whatever form that resonates most for them, as a pillar of their own mental wellness.

Pacifica Graduate Institute, MA, Counseling Psychology, emphasis in depth psychology

Laurel Parnell Institute, Attachment Focused EMDR

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Charles Jehlinger Scholarship Award

Independent Coursework
Transforming Trauma with EMDR Certification (Laurel Parnell)
Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of One’s Self, Esalen Institute (Bessel van der Kolk), 2012
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, Esalen Institute (Peter Levine & Bessel van der Kolk)


Areas of Interest
Integrative Health and Fitness, Meditation, Spirituality, Creativity, Tennis, Film & Theatre

Marcia Lee Gillis, MA, LMFT
(424) 393-2776
Marriage and Family Therapist License #90942