Murrieta Team ~ In Person & Telehealth available

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Marlena Galippo, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

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Marlena has over 6 years of experience providing therapy to children, teens, young adults, adults, families, and couples. Marlena has expertise in  working with the following: foster youth and families, trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Marlena uses an eclectic theoretical approach. However, some theoretical approaches most often used are, Narrative Therapy, Satir’s Family Communication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt/Experiential Therapy, and Solution Focused approach.  Marlena enjoys incorporating expressive therapy that could include utilizing art, play, music, and poetry. She understands that talk therapy can be challenging and may take other forms of creative expression to express the matters of the heart. Marlena has a desire to walk alongside each of her client’s, providing encouragement and a non-judgmental space, so that clients can navigate through various areas of their life. Marlena is available to provide in person and Telehealth services. Marlena has a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Marlena joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2022. 

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Francesca Jones, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Francesca who holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University. Francesca has over 7 years working with individuals and Families in the hospital setting. Her areas of expertise include: medical trauma, illness adjustment, depression, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, and life transitions. Francesca uses a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual's biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Her theoretical approach centers on various forms of therapy including cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution focused. With empathetic understanding, she desires to come along side each individual to incorporate hope, healing from trauma, adaptive coping strategies, improve communication, develop resiliency, and build self worth. She joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2021 to make a difference and provide healing for children, teens and families in Murrieta area! 

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Kelly Ross, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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Kelly graduated from Loma Linda University with a Masters of Science in Counseling and is a LicensedProfessional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 9953) and certified School Counselor (PPS).   

Kelly has worked in a variety of settings, including; middle and high schools, partial hospitalization

programs, intensive outpatient programs, and mental health hospitals. Kelly has an extensive history of working with adolescents and various diagnoses. She has been thoroughly trained in Dialectical

Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kelly uses her creativity and enthusiasm for the field to provide fun and informative psycho-education groups.  Aside from clinical work, Kelly has an extensive history of working with the public and providing assistance with government aid. Kelly utilizes her sense of humor and strong communication skills to foster connection with clients and their family. Kelly’s background in professional communication has enabled her to effectively advocate for the needs of her clients. Kelly is very passionate towards therapy and has dedicated herself to a career designed to work with those in need.

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Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist 

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Esther is passionate about supporting children, teens and families navigate through challenges of their social emotional development. Her integrated background in mental health, early childhood education and child development has allowed her to help children and teens who struggle with anxiety, self-regulation, anger, depression, special needs, challenging behavior, self-esteem issues,  and trauma. She uses play therapy to help children express their needs and resolve their challenges when words are difficult. In addition to her degree, she holds a Child Development Program Director Credential. She also has a certificate in Play Therapy. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom Educator and a Child Development instructor at a technical college. She looks forward to supporting your child, teen and family to acquire new skills to help him/her succeed in the areas important to your life. Esther also enjoys supporting adults through times of transition including divorce, grief and loss and relational changes. Esther also works with couples to heal and create a more loving and supportive environment. Esther is Bilingual and offers counseling services in both English and Spanish.

Murrieta Leadership Team

Clinical Manager & Supervisor: Esther De La Cruz

Murrieta Location

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