Marlene Ochetti, LCSW
Dr. Marlene Ochetti, PhD, LCSW, ATR is a licensed clinical social worker and registered art therapist offering services in California to residents ages 14 and over. She has expertise working with individuals who may be struggling with issues related to multiracial identity, woman’s health and experiences, grief and loss, relationships and stress management. Dr. Ochetti takes a strength-based approach to treatment that focuses on utilizing the individuals’ 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 that events and experiences are important and have impact.
Dr. Ochetti’s interest in behavioral health began with a desire to branch out from her background in art and learn more about trends in behavioral health. Dr. Ochetti received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, 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 from working as a psychiatric social worker and school mental health administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District to offering therapy services to illustrating a children’s therapeutic book, “A Bad Thing Happened at My School,” 2015 authored by Beatriz Garcia, LCSW.
Currently, Dr. Ochetti is an adjunct lecturer at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, where she enjoys teaching social work students about the practice of social work in schools. In addition, Dr. Ochetti provides clinical supervision for social workers working on their hours for state licensure.
In her personal life, Dr. Ochetti is very passionate about French. Having traveled to France twice, she enjoys the food and culture and takes French lessons as often as possible. Even though Dr. Ochetti isn’t at a level for therapy sessions in French, she can read, write and speak at anintermediate level and hopes to one day be fluent in this beautiful language.In addition, Dr. Ochetti comes from a biracial background of both African American and Japanese ancestry, which gives her first-hand insight and sensitivity to identity concerns and challenges that may present themselves to other multiracial individuals and families.
Dr. Ochetti values creative expression and has molded her joy of art, drawing and illustrating into her career through art therapy and her own creative projects.This helps to keep 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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