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Marni Cotta Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California
Marni Cotta , LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Online & In person

Free initial consultation

Accepting new clients

About me

I am an experienced social worker who is dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to improved wellbeing.

When you walk into a space with me, you will find a therapeutic space filled with acceptance, safety, empathy, and curiosity. I hope you will feel a comfort to be your unique self. I bring into the space my authentic self to support you in uncovering your individual needs and goals.

With over 20 years as a social worker, I have worked with people from a myriad of backgrounds, including people with varying types of abilities, family caregivers, justice involved, parents involved in the child welfare system, those experiencing life transitions, chronic health conditions, emotional crisis, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. My life experiences include growing up in a rural area as a child of the 70’s, unplanned pregnancies, a marriage ending after experiencing Intimate Partner Violence, years on public assistance as a single parent of three children, returning to school and completing advanced degrees while working and trying (with varying levels of success) to meet the needs of my children. Two of my children are married and have launched into their own lives with military careers and beyond; one is transgender and on their path to independence. When talking about what I offer as a therapist, my daughter in law refers to me as a unicorn due to the breadth of my life and social worker experiences.

I hope to provide a safe space to discuss your life’s experiences, and goals. In this confidential space, I welcome all populations and backgrounds (race/ethnicity/sexuality).

Together, I hope we can start your journey towards a place of improved wellbeing. I hope to support you in unlearning and identifying any unhealthy patterns that continue to serve as barriers in your life and relationships.

Through my therapeutic journey, I have learned discovered many truths – I can release others from my expectations of them and allow them to live their own authentic self; conflict does not always mean the end of a relationship; being intentional is essential in maintaining healthy relationships; and how we respond/react to others' perceived behaviors says a lot about our own experiences. I hope to support you on your journey to self-discovery.



Fees and insurance

Specialties and clinical interests

Therapy types

Community specialties

Licensed to see clients in

Years in practice


Service types

  • Therapy / Counseling

Types of clients

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Older Adults (65+)
  • Individuals
  • Groups


  • English