Dr. Marlene Ochetti, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services in California to residents ages 14 and over. Dr. Ochetti has expertise working with individuals who may be addressing issues related to multiracial identity, trauma, relationship difficulties, and stress management. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Ochetti embraces a strength-based approach to treatment that focuses on utilizing the individuals’ capacity for resilience, unique talents, abilities and resources. Rather than asking, “What’s wrong with this person?” she asks, “What happened to this person?” This lens enables her to view the person within their situation and understand those impactful situations and events.
Dr. Ochetti received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC), Masters of Art Therapy from California State University and a Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in Marital and Family therapy from the California Graduate Institute. Her experiences span working with gang affiliated youth in a group home, to Children’s Social Worker for the Department of Family and Children’s Services, private practice, and psychiatric social worker, later administrator, for the Los Angeles Unified School District, School Mental Health.
In her work Dr. Ochetti has provided direct clinical services to students/families and clinical supervision to social workers accruing hours for state licensure. Dr. Ochetti is also a former adjunct lecturer at her alma mater, the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USC, where she enjoyed teaching Social Work Practice in Schools to students acquiring their Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
In her personal life, Dr. Ochetti has a special passion for the beautiful French language. Having traveled to different regions in France she enjoys the food and culture and takes French lessons frequently. Even though Dr. Ochetti is not at a level for therapy sessions in French, she can read, write and speak at a C1 level ( lower advanced ). In addition, Dr. Ochetti’s biracial heritage of both African American and Japanese ancestry, give her first-hand insight and sensitivity to identity concerns and challenges that may present themselves to other multiracial individuals and interracial families.
Dr. Ochetti values creative expression and has molded her joy of art, drawing and illustrating into her career through the use of art in therapy and into her own creative projects. She illustrated a children’s therapeutic book, “A Bad Thing Happened to My School’ (Beatriz Garcia, LCSW, 2015) and is currently in process of writing and illustrating a children’s book for parents and teachers which has a multicultural focus. Her love of creativity keeps her centered on what she most enjoys about her profession, which is the opportunity to serve and support others on their journey with compassion, dedication and a caring heart.
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