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Mary-Jo Foresta, LCSW

Mary-Jo Foresta, LCSW


Licensed in CA #93144
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Health Net/MHN
I approach therapy with the genuine belief that all people are worthy and capable of breaking destructive patterns and creating healthy relationships.

My Therapy Style

My passion is working with adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or substance use disorders. I have an orientation that is holistic, and client centered. My approach is informed by several theoretical frameworks including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma and Substance Abuse.

I believe what leads people to seek therapy is the feeling of uncertainty about life choices, the ineffective behavioral and thinking patterns that are acted on over and over again. These patterns can show up in our relationship to ourselves, to substances, and especially to others. I approach therapy with the genuine belief that all people are worthy and capable of breaking these patterns and creating healthy relationships with themselves, with others and creating an authentic life. Inner work is the principle that facilitates insight, that assists with identifying ineffective behaviors and thoughts, and overcoming them to create a life worth living.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Work, California State University, Long Beach

Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Diplomate of Academy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I grew up in a Catholic family. Initially I wanted to become a nun. When I got older, I realized that there were things that I wanted to do that taking the vow would not allow me to do. Alternatively, I went into the helping profession. I wanted to help people and this seemed the right path to take. I have always had an analytical mind; therefore, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker was the right choice. Presently, I find being useful to others is the best feeling in the world.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love spending time with my son and grandchildren. I am an avid walker and hiker as well. I travel from time to time and enjoy my friends. I also have 3 chihuahuas that bring me so much joy!

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Walking daily!! Mindful mediation and keeping in contact with my best friend. My dogs!

What book have you read more than once?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Favorite organization/non-profit?

American Brain Tumor Association- My husband passed away 12 years ago from a glioblastoma (brain cancer) and I have found that it has given me the ability to honor his life by helping the agency.