Patrick J Purcell, California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Preferred Name: Patrick

About Me

I am a very easy person to trust and share things that people have often never shared with anyone before. I have a great sense of humor. I am very empathic. Everybody is unique so I like to help people with individualized therapy techniques like EMDR to deal with anxiety, PTSD, child abuse memories, depression, addictions, searching for their true self and passion such as becoming a LMFT or other professional. I am 70 years old and I have been married for 46 years to my beautiful wife vocalist Christina Purcell. We write songs together such as the songs on her CD "Love's Calling."

Education & Experience

I graduated in 1981 with a Master's Degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Santa Clara. I have been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1984. As everyone is unique, I fine tune a combination of most treatment methods such as client-centered, self-psychology, CBT-cognitive behavior therapy, DBT-dialectical behavior therapy, IFS-internal family systems, ACT-acceptance and commitment therapy, EFS -emotionally focused therapy, inner child work and EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing also for people who have suffered from child abuse, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, DID-Dissociative Identity Disorder. I am Christian and I respect people of various faiths or no faith. I have been trained in the works of Kohut, Jung, Rogers, Bradshaw, Beck, Ellis, Shapiro, Linehan, Satir, Adler, Maslow, Whitaker, Minuchin and Harris.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations


Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Sliding Scale