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Emilia Rivera-Simental is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and maintains a private practice in beautiful and historic Old Town Pasadena, California.

With 20 years of counseling experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist , and as a graduate of U.C.L.A. , Mount St. Mary's College, and U.C.S.D. specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic/existential therapy, and insight/psychodynamic therapy.  She has three years of psychoanalytic psychodynamic training from the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Pasadena. She is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: depression; anxiety/stress management; relationship issues; couples work; self esteem enhancement; communication skills; conflict resolution; infertility and adoption; and career/life management.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Emilia Rivera-Simental has counseling, teaching, supervisory/managerial work experience. The counseling includes: private practice for eight years; community college counseling; six years as a counselor /supervisor for a private-non-profit organization; stress management counselor/consultant for U.S. Federal Government office of FEMA: and private practice as an trainee/intern for four years.  The teaching experience ranges from elementary school (2nd and 5th grade), to Adjunct Faculty at S.D.S.U. in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department and Southwestern Community College in the Child Development Department. She has supervisory and managerial experience supervising a staff of eight for a private-nonprofit organization and managing a county wide grant impacting 1500 youth, collaborating with three large non-profit organizations, and managing a million dollar budget. Moreover, she has served as an expert witness in court and has been interviewed by the media/press for her expert opinion on therapeutic issues. 

Emilia Rivera-Simental is a warm, insightful, and caring therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

She is a member of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapist and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has served on the Executive Board of the S.G.V.CAMFT. She is also Past President of the U.C.L.A. Alumni Association Club of San Diego as well as Past V.P. of the U.C.L.A. Alumni Association Club of San Diego.  A current member of the U.C.L.A. Alumni Association, The Eagle Rock Association, and KPCC/NPR in Pasadena. She is also active at her son's school and understands what it is to balance family, work, and life.

On a personal note, she has been married 21 years to her best friend & soul mate, has a loving son, and an adorable dog. She loves good food, good wine, good conversations, and good people. She loves nothing more than lounging on her porch with a newspaper, ipad, books, and a good cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. She enjoys quiet meditative moments, and also lively political debates with her smart and humorous husband. She considers herself grateful and blessed to be a therapist and to have found work that is meaningful.

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