Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcela Rondani.
Marcela, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Marcela Rondani, I am a trilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Doctoral Candidate. I started my career as a psychologist in Brazil. I used to work with the severely mentally ill populations, and my main job and passion was to help their transitions from the chronic psychiatric hospitals to an outside and more independent life, I would use a psychodynamic approach outside of a common office setting. I came to USA in 2006, for love I must say. I had to start from grounds up, as I didn’t speak well the language and I had to go back to school to work on my degree. What felt like an obstacle ended up teaching me a lot, not only academically but mainly to be humbled and to get perspective on life. I finished my Master’s degree in Santa Barbara in 2008, while I was doing my Masters I was volunteering at Santa Barbara Rape Crisis center, to help with survivors of sexual abuse, especially the ones that didn’t speak English. I finish my program and we moved to LA for my husband’s work. I started to work at a nonprofit in Inglewood attending family and children with mental health issues, this job helped me to get in touch with my passion to work with teens, families and eating disorders. After that, I started working as a primary therapist for an Eating Disorder Program, this is when I learned a lot about the severity of the disease. After many years of working there, I became a mom and decided to slow things down and work on my private practice. In less than 2 years I became pregnant again with my second boy. Less than one year into my second son’s life I was offered an amazing opportunity to start as a clinical director of a new residential mental health center for adolescents. Even though the timing was not ideal it was such a great creative opportunity. I worked with teens with severe mental health issues, and supervise the program, the clinical cases and the staff. I loved this job so much, it made it clear that this population was definitely whom I wanted to work. I decided to go back to school to get my Doctoral Degree and to get a deeper theoretical knowledge in treating families of teenagers with eating disorders and mental health issues. My life became very overwhelming with my intense job, my school, and my family, my boys were now 4 and 6 years old, so I left my job and wanted to take things slower. This is when at the end of 2017 I decided to open my own Transitional Care services company to work with families struggling with teens with severe mental health and eating disorders and to provide hands-on, and in-home care, so the family feel “held” by someone else. I can’t say that this job is less intense than my previous work, however, I am truly passionate about helping these families. As someone that struggled with intense and debilitating anxiety from her teen years, and that grow up with a parent with severe psychological issues being able to help these families is like a gift and it comes immensely from my love and my painful experience, together with my years of studying and working on this field.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Struggles: language barrier, not able to work in my career, so had to go through all the hoops to get my degree (Master’s program, 3,000 hours of internship sometimes being supervised by people with even less clinical experience than myself), the cultural prejudice, sometimes not “knowing” people from earlier ages so less of the “network” benefit.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Marcela Rondani, LMFT – Psychotherapist and Owner of Transitional Care Services – what should we know?
I own and direct a Transitional and Coaching services company that provides psychological support for parents, teens and young adults, as well as clinical education to schools, universities and treatment centers. I do many talks and I love giving back to the community.
I have been working with adolescents and their families for more than twelve years in treatment centers settings, as a clinician, supervisor and clinical director.
I have extensive training in working with trauma, mental health and eating disorder clients. I have been part of the board for the International Eating Disorders Professionals Association (IAEDP) since 2014 and it’s one of my main goals to be involved in the newest ED (eating disorder) research and treatment modalities, as well as eating disorder awareness movements.
I am well known for being extremely compassionate, empathetic, to give to my clients all I can and to work as hard as possible to help their families.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My passion and my call for my work comes from my own psychological pain and growth, so it’s authentic. I think it transpires in my work that I deep care in an honest way. And That I also speak from my heart together with my educational knowledge.
- Website: www.marcelarondani.com
- Phone: 1-310-741-8361
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: marcelarondani