Mary Ann Fornes, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
As humans, we crave to be understood, to be seen as a whole person and to be validated and receive the attention we crave and deserve. And as humans, we are also complex. We sometimes desire attention, but at the same time want solitude. Sometimes anger, stress, and anxiety may take over our lives, leading us down a path where we get caught in a constant spiral of overthinking, overanalyzing, and emotional pain. Know that you are not alone. There is help.
I offer compassionate therapy to help you heal and lead a happier, more peaceful life. I hold a special place in my heart for those struggling with anxiety and panic, chronic pain, PTSD, and the scars of childhood abuse and domestic violence. I understand the pain and trauma these situations can cause and how they can manifest themselves in people’s lives. I seek to help acknowledge them while learning how to overcome them and find their individual power.
My method to helping people heal is an integrative approach that starts by uncovering what each individual’s needs and goals are. From there, I work with my clients to determine the best therapies to help them gain control over their lives. I encourage my clients to use a breathing exercise and mindfulness techniques as we ease into each session. These techniques I share with my clients can be used on a daily basis to help quiet a busy mind or calm a stressful situation.
As we progress through our session, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to overcome negative emotions and Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients unlock unconscious content in the psyche. My goal is to provide a space in which clients feel safe in and to give them the freedom to share, solve problems, and grow.
I also have a passion for working with clients who struggle with self-confidence and self-compassion and those who are experiencing extreme stress due to taking on too much or feeling like they don’t belong in their personal and professional lives. Before becoming a therapist, I worked as a paralegal, so I can especially relate to typical job stressors clients may feel on a daily basis.
Working together with my clients, I help them heal negative behavior patterns and feelings that are interfering with their happiness so they can lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Mary Ann sees clients who:
are suffering from Anxiety and Panic Disorder
are suffering from Chronic Pain
are suffering with PTSD
has experienced abuse in their childhood
has relationship issues with a partner, parent or anyone
has been a victim of domestic violence
has trouble with self-confidence and self-compassion
is stressed out, unable to say no, and feels like they don’t belong
Education & Specialized Training:
MA, Clinical Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy – Pepperdine University
BA, Public Administration – California State University, San Bernardino
EMDR Trained Level I & II
Certified Anger Management Instructor
License and Membership:
Member in good standing with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, (CAMFT)
Registered Associate MFT, #100999
Supervised by Nicole Reich, LMFT, MFC#365