Laguna Women's Wisdom Counseling, Mary Franz, Psychotherapist
Laguna Beach, CA

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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Lic. No. 22196


. . . comes well seasoned with over twenty years of dedicated clinical experience as a licensed psychotherapist.

. . . will commit to your journey of discovery, healing, and growth.

. . . provides supportive, nurturing, honest, and insightful care.

. . . will serve as your capable guide through the complexities of change and assist you in discovering the treasure of your Inner Wisdom.

. . . feels truly honored to be of service to your life’s journey.



Throughout my career as a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) I have been deeply enriched and have learned a great deal from my clients and colleagues. I integrate varied psychotherapeutic orientations such as cognitive behavioral, family dynamics, group psychotherapy, Gestalt, existential philosophy, spiritual psychology and body/mind /spirit therapies. My training, education and life experience provide me with the skills to help my clients embrace their unique process in achieving their goals and dreams.

In addition to an ongoing private practice, I have worked in the fields of chemical dependency, adolescent residential treatment, and stress management consultation


Since 2002 I have been a faculty member in the Human Services Department at California State University at Fullerton. I find it an honor to teach the richly experiential class entitled “Character and Conflict” at my alma mater where, in fact, my students are my teachers. For nearly 20 years prior to my appointment at California State University at Fullerton, I have volunteered each semester for the Human Services Department as a trainer of undergraduate student group leaders, and I continue to do so. Together with esteemed colleagues, we conduct an intensive experiential residential 3 day training workshop each semester.


My education has provided me with quality academic and experiential opportunities to prepare me in my chosen profession. I received a BA degree in Human Services from California State University at Fullerton, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Psychological Studies. In 1985 I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have received certification in Alcohol and Other Chemical Dependencies from UCI. I am certified for Level I Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I hold a Certificate in Bereavement and Grief Counseling.

I have an ongoing commitment to attend professional workshops and seminars in order to keep current on clinical concerns, to broaden my knowledge base, and to enhance my psychotherapeutic skills.

Since 1989, I further utilize my leadership skills as the founder of Women’s Sierra Wilderness Adventures where I combine two of my favorite activities - participating in women’s circles, and spending time in nature. I find nature to be a remarkable teacher, guide, and healer.

Native American teachers, community and ceremony have contributed richly to my spiritual growth and thereby influenced my professional growth. Nature is my primary teacher. It is in this environment that I came to recognize that “I am a Guardian of the Earth and Teacher of her Ways.” I strive to live accordingly.

Mary tithes a portion of her earnings to causes of concern to Mother Earth and all our relations.

Mindful efforts to employ earth friendly choices to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (the “new 3 R’s!”) are ongoing.

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Mary Franz, MA, LMFT
Laguna Women's Wisdom Counseling

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