Cecilia Ybarra, MA, MFTI

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Supervised by Debra Brause, Psy.D. PSY 21242


Cec ilia YbarraI studied at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for a B. A. in English and later attended Antioch University Los Angeles, earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

My professional training included almost four years at Valley Community Healthcare (VCH) in the San Fernando Valley. At VCH, I received intensive training in a psychodynamic approach to working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children.  Additionally, I completed a one-year certificate program at the Psychoanalytic Center of California.

This is a second career for me. I have previously worked as a high school teacher and in arts administration, which are experiences I bring to working with youth and with creative individuals—particularly clients in Film/Television, visual art design, and creative writing.


Every client’s situation is unique, and sometimes uniquely frustrating. I understand some people have “tried everything” before coming to therapy. This is what I believe: a living relationship with the right therapist can lead to increased understanding (and therefore emotional freedom) in your life.  I have seen this process in action. It takes effort. But it’s also incredibly fruitful, resulting in more flexible ways of thinking and feeling about your history and current challenges.

My training is psychoanalytic with a personalized approach. I work with adults and with youth (adolescents, children 8 or older), as well as with couples. I bring experience with same-sex couples and members of the LGBTQ community. I am skilled at helping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, life transitions, and work or career issues—especially for the creative or non-conforming individual.

No matter the age, I work collaboratively with clients to create an atmosphere of safety and honesty.  With children and teenagers, I safeguard the youth’s privacy while providing input to the parent. With couples, we work to undo communication blocks and find new ways of talking and listening.

You can reach me at 323-688-6926 or by email at contactybarra@gmail.com.

Cecilia Ybarra, MA, MFTI

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