Assistant Professor in the MA in Integral Counseling Psychology at CIIS Emily Marinelli

Assistant Professor
Integral Counseling Psychology
School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH)

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

BA, California State University, Long Beach

Emily Marinelli, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in San Francisco. She earned her MA in Counseling Psychology in CIIS’s Community Mental Health program in 2011 and a BA degree in Women’s Studies from California State University, Long Beach. 

In her therapeutic work, she uses the wellness and recovery model of mental health, liberation psychology, social justice focused and humanistic approaches in working with traditionally marginalized communities. She has decades of experience working in community mental health as a Case Manager, Sexual Health Educator, community outreach worker, advocate and in providing services to LGBTQIA communities.

Emily offers a unique grounded perspective of the intersections of oppression and the impact it has on our mental health experiences. She has a private therapy practice and specializes in working with: couples, communication and intimacy issues, queer and trans* (including gender fluid and non-binary) folks, poly and non-monogamy relationships, BDSM and kink, trauma recovery, artists/performers, self-esteem, codependency, interdependency, sexuality and sex therapy. She also believes that pop culture and activism are healing modalities and incorporates them into the therapeutic process. 

Emily has been an Instructor in City College of San Francisco's Community Mental Health, Community Health Worker, Trauma Prevention and Recovery and Addiction and Recovery Certificate programs. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the CMH Certificate at City College of San Francisco and was Department Chair for the Women's and Gender Studies Department at City College of San Francisco in Spring 2019. She has strong interest in assessment, curriculum design, integrating diversity, gender, and integral wellness into a feminist teaching model that brings together self and other awareness, evaluation and community collaboration

Emily has been an adjunct instructor in ICP and in MCP since 2015, teaching Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse, Psychopharmacology, Human Sexuality, Sexuality and Spirituality, Clinical Relationship, Psychodynamics, Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics and Therapy and Supervised Clinical Group Practicum courses.  Emily is elated to join ICP as Core Faculty at CIIS and continue to do what she loves; teaching other therapists.

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