Dr. Gwen A. Finestone, MFT, PhD, CT

My education has been, and continues to be, focused on psychology, counseling psychology, human sexuality, grief counseling, theology and interfaith counseling.  I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. #47627) and I am trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, which is informed by Attachment Theory and Existentialism. I practice within the scope of a marriage and family therapist (which includes individual, couples, and group therapy), with specializations in trauma, grief, and loss counseling, hypnosis, and spiritual counseling. I have advanced training in human sexuality.
      I possess all the necessary certifications and 35+ years of experience in the field of psychology to assert my expertise in these areas. 


      I discovered hypnosis when I was still in high school and it fascinated me.  Fast forward several years... while I was the Executive Director of a rape crisis center (which I co-founded), I used hypnosis to help sexual assault victims prepare for the harrowing ordeal of prosecuting rapists.  Hooked on hypnosis, I've been using it to help clients for the past 40+ years. 

      I worked for 35+ years in the non-profit sector, variously as an executive director, a therapist, a psychiatric social worker, and a chaplain. I worked as a mental health therapist in multiple qualified settings: a foster care agency, three hospices, a locked facility for the chronically mentally ill, a domestic violence shelter, and a couple of community counseling centers. I was the director of a gang-avoidance program for at-risk middle-school girls, led a Girl Scout troop in a shelter for homeless families, and taught Values Clarification to junior high kids.  In short, my life has revolved around helping others manifest their potential.  This is the work that gives meaning and purpose to the days of my life.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #47627))
  • Ph.D., Pastoral Ministry, with a Specialization in Interfaith Chaplaincy (Counseling)
  • M.A., Psychology, with an Emphasis on Marital and Family Therapy
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, with a Specialization in Grief and Loss Issues
  • Continuing-education focus:  grief, loss, trauma, dissociation, and depression
  • Certified Thanatologist (death, dying, and bereavement) 
  • Certified Medical and Clinical Hypnotist
  • Certified Parent Educator (#200607210022), Specializing in difficult-to-parent children

  • The Therapy Directory                                                         www.PsychologyToday.com
  • Therapist Finder--CAMFT                                                     www.TherapistFinder.com 
  • Board of Behavioral Sciences (licensing)                        http://www.bbs.ca.gov
  • Spiritual Directors International                                        http://SDIworld.org/home.html
  • Association of Death Education and Counseling                                       www.adec.org
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation                      www.isst-d.org
  • The Parent Project                                                                     www.parentproject.com

EXPERT WITNESS:  Thanatology.Grief and Loss Issues.

Contact me for fee schedule and list of cases.


                                             Change your attitude, change your life. 
Office in Huntington Beach, Ca. 


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