Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA, CCTP

About Me

Rafael J. Cortina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #48209) in the State of California. As a bilingual (English-Spanish) therapist he has worked in Mexico and the United States. He has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. He has a He is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at National University, Chief Education Officer at the West Coast Mindfulness Institute, and Newsletter Editor/Board Member at the International Association of Advancement in Gestalt Therapy.

Education & Experience

Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from National University in San Diego. Rafael is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Gestalt Couples Therapist and he has specialized training on EMDR, TRM, addiction treatment and trauma work.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

He has experience working with Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar), Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Grief and Loss issues, Dual Diagnosis(Substance abuse and a mental health disorder), Trauma work, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender clients, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Dream work, Couples therapy and Gestalt oriented psychotherapy. He is a former Clinical Director at ACI Specialty Benefits, faculty member at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, Lead Faculty member at the Humanistic Institute of Gestalt Psychotherapy in Tijuana, Mexico. He has worked as a MFT at Sharp Mesa Vista Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Program, Staff Therapist at the LGBT Center, as a Bereavement Counselor at San Diego Hospice, and as a Lead Clinical Psychiatric Social Worker at Bayview Behavioral Health Campus. As well as presenter and facilitator of several workshops, training, lectures, international conferences, and supervision, virtually(videoconference) and in-person in Mexico, United States, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • Spanish