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Beach at Sunset

Serving the Long Beach Area for Over 20 Years

In-Person or Online Therapy Available


Marla J. Holt, MA, LMFT
(MFT 42698)

In my practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I strive to guide and provide support for couples struggling with connection and intimacy issues. By working with the couple and employing Emotionally Focused Therapy, I develop a personalized process and roadmap to help them attain a healthier and more fulfilling relationship.


My philosophy embraces an understanding that all therapeutic work must be adapted and suited to confront the ever-changing demands of today's society. With more than 20 years of experience, I've assisted many adults, adolescents and families find the solutions that are both realistic and manageable.  I consider it a privilege to work in joint effort with my clients in order to support and utilize their strengths to safely and compassionately discover a path towards healing and resolution.

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"Problems are inevitable ... it's not whether you have problems in your life, but how you handle them that matters most."

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Treatment Specialties

  • Depression / Anxiety

  • Grief / Loss

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Trauma

  • Individual Therapy and Family Therapy

  • Parenting

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Personal Growth Issues

  • Life Transition Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Is therapy right for me?
    Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Many seek the support of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives..
  • How can therapy help me?
    Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include: - Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values - Developing skills for improving your relationships - Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety - Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures - Improving communications and listening skills - Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones - Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
    To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions: - What are my mental health benefits? - What is the coverage amount per therapy session? - How many therapy sessions does my plan cover? - How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider? - Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
    Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
  • What is therapy like?
    Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
  • Is therapy confidential?
    In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: - Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. - If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police. - If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
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