Brenda Gesell, Ph.D., MFT


View Dr. Brenda Gesell’s training and experience.

I founded Gesell Psychotherapy, LLC because I feel passionate about helping people accept themselves and live more authentically. I have a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and writer in Newport Beach, California. I have been practicing therapy for over 18 years and was a professor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa teaching therapists in graduate school for over a decade.

I personally understand the torment of living with an inner critical voice; in my own personal therapy I slowly learned how to stop depending on others for my self-worth and began to accept myself and trust my own inner truth. I feel called to help others discover this type of liberation as well. I would like to help you experience greater intimacy in your relationships, develop self-compassion and learn to enjoy your whole self – imperfections and all.

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Phone:  714.421.1975

Samantha Seaton, M.S., MFT


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been involved in the field of psychotherapy for the past 10 years. I completed my graduate school training in Vanguard University’s Clinical Psychology program and my undergraduate work at California State University Long Beach. After I spent the beginning portion of my life training and working as a dancer, I encountered a personal time of crisis and began my personal journey into the world of psychotherapy. During this time I came to experience first-hand the healing and growth that psychotherapy can offer, and became passionate about working in this field. Since then I have worked in Eating Disorder and Substance Abuse recovery at Sober Living By the Sea, and in Private Practice settings in Orange and Costa Mesa. I truly enjoy working with individuals and couples and helping them heal from the past, find meaning and purpose, and move toward their truest selves. I believe our symptoms are blessings and that they lead us to uncover our truth if we can be brave enough to listen.

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Phone:  949.310.9627

Ashleigh Sorenson, M.S., MFT


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have worked as a clinician for the past 6 years. I earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. I often work with individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, life transitions, school issues, and parent-child concerns. Much of my clinical experience includes working with adolescents and young adults as different facets of their personhood are revealed and they begin to discover their abilities, values, and identity. Aside from traditional talk therapy, I help facilitate personal and relationship growth by using art, dreamwork, sand tray, and mindfulness in order to promote awareness and wholeness. I provide a genuine attitude, compassion, and curiosity. When I began my own personal journey in psychotherapy, I was afraid and unsure of what was to lie ahead in the unfolding of my personal growth. While I am often faced with my own humanness, I am able to work with others as they do the same. I have personally learned that when the soul requires change, the journey can be both scary and deeply satisfying. I would be honored to work with you as you learn to listen to your own inner knowing!

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Phone:  714.868.6453


Amanda Krotzer, M.S., MFT


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been assisting individuals on their journey toward growth and wholeness for the past six years. I obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University and I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults in their struggles with identity, depression, anxiety, life transitions, family/relationship issues, and through the process of grief and loss. Keeping each individual’s personal journey and background in mind, I use an integrative approach and implement a variety of techniques such as talk therapy, mindfulness and expression through art. I understand the amount of pain and frustration that can build before deciding to take the first step to enter into therapy. I would love to help you take that first step and begin working with you toward creating a more healthy and satisfying life. From my own experience in psychotherapy to the work I’ve done with patients, I have witnessed the healing and interpersonal peace that the therapeutic process offers. I believe the best and most beautiful parts of us can usually be found through the openings of the wounds we bear. Let’s work together to find those parts!


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Phone:  949.734.4949

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