Miranda Mattas, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Being a therapist is not just my profession, it is my calling. Coming alongside others in their journey of growth and healing is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I am currently pursuing dual licenses as both a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and a professional clinical counselor (PCC) in order to cover a wide range of relational and life cycle related issues. It is my belief that a good therapeutic relationship can be summarized in the analogy of the lighthouse. A therapist can be a safe harbor in your stormy seas, and like that lighthouse, therapy should leave you with hope that you CAN navigate your way through the storm and find your way back on course. My name is Miranda Mattas and I am associate MFT and PCC supervised by Dr. Christine Duong Perez, and I would be honored to be a part of your journey.

My specialties include addictions, family therapy and wellness, eating disorders, and working with people who have experienced trauma and abuse. I have certifications in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Additionally, I have extensive training in both play and art therapy, intuitive eating, yoga therapy, music therapy, and numerous other therapeutic modalities. From depression and anxiety, to family dysfunction, to abuse and trauma, to more specialized needs, my goal is to hear you and understand where you are at and what areas YOU want to work on. Then we can work collaboratively to help you grow personally and professionally, learn coping skills, reduce stress, manage the issues you are coming in for, and above all restore balance and hope to your life.

I work with military and law enforcement families, both to assess and address relational and mental health issues, as well as to find ways to reduce career related stress and its impact on the family. I can also help with pre-deployment stress and issues related to reintegration post deployment. During my time in this field I have studied and received some of the best

evidence based treatment training related to substance use and addictions recovery, and have seen many individuals find hope and lasting recovery. I partner with families and individuals, to help them achieve recovery and freedom from the pain and stigma that too often plague them. An often overlooked area of addictions is sexual addictions which includes pornography; I have multiple years of experience in working in this specialized field.

I received a bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in religious studies from Azusa Pacific University. I received my master’s in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling there. I completed my internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital working in the dual diagnosis department with individuals who have co-occurring mental health and substance use diagnoses. After my internship I worked at the Center For Discovery intensive outpatient program for eating disorders and co-occurring diagnoses. Most recently I worked for a non-profit that partners with school districts to provide individual and family therapy to children struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, and a host of other disorders. In addition to my work as a therapist I spend time volunteering and advocating for under-represented and marginalized communities. I am a professional public speaker and have been contracted by the county, private organizations and the San Diego Community College district to deliver workshops on a variety of topics including mindfulness based self-compassion and stress reduction, parenting, coping during a pandemic,
and understanding intersectional identities and systemic oppression.

Miranda Mattas may be contacted at (951) 231-1667 ext. 3 or by email through our contact form.