Dr. Brenda Gesell is a licensed marriage and family therapist; she has been practicing psychotherapy for over 19 years and – as a faculty member at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – she taught therapists at the graduate level for over a decade. As a professor, she taught a variety of courses, with a concentration on Group Psychotherapy, Advanced Psychopathology and Psychodynamic theory and treatment; she also served as the Director of Clinical Training for Vanguard’s Graduate Clinical Psychology department.


Dr. Gesell runs her own group practice, Gesell Psychotherapy, in Newport Beach where she specializes in complex trauma and focuses on the practice of mindfulness and the discovery of self-compassion; she is passionate about helping professionals and leaders move from over-achievement, self-consciousness and guilt to more healthy entitlement, spontaneity and equanimity. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and her doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.


Phone:  (714) 421-1975

Email:   Brenda@GesellPsychotherapy.com