Micaela Van Dine, MFT Intern

micaela-van-dineMicaela Van Dine, MFT Intern
Registered Intern # 89875
Supervised by Deborah Cohen, L.M.F.T.

About Me

Like so many others, I know the pain and confusion of growing up in a highly dysfunctional, drug addicted, and mentally ill family. The trauma that a child experiences from constantly being “on guard” leaves a huge scar. With the guidance of an incredible therapist, I was able to heal many of my wounds. This therapist helped me feel worthy of self love and self-compassion. I love the quote by Hannah Brencher, “The best gift you are ever going to give some – is the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough. ” It wasn’t until twenty- two years later that I really understood how precious the gift of my therapist’s assistance with my healing was. After ending an abusive marriage and going through tremendous healing with the help of my therapist, I decided to become a therapist myself. Now I want to support those going through painful changes and help them feel safe, worthy, and loved.

My Approach

No single approach is the right one for every client. Therefore, I am very adept at finding the right approach depending on the presenting issues as well as the personality of my clients. I offer Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for many clients. However, I also utilize Narrative Therapy for work with trauma victims, play therapy with children, and experiential therapy for some clients. When working with couples, I prefer the Gottman Method and Strategic Therapy. I incorporate spiritual concepts and artistic expression for those who align with those therapeutic approaches.

Areas of Focus

Communication within a family system

Low self-esteem


Narcissistic abuse recovery

Co- Dependency

Anxiety treatment

Child abuse

Sexual abuse

Sexual paraphilias

Anger issues

Play therapy


Sex offender treatment

Co – Parenting

Divorce conflict

Self – Discipline and emotional control


M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy – Northcentral University

M.S. in Forensic Science – National University


Micaela Van Dine, MFT Intern