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About Me

Striving to Encourage, Empower, and Equip individuals to be their best self.  

Vanessa Cardin, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Orange County & San Diego and owner of Strong Sense of Self Family Counseling. She works with individuals, couples, families and teens. Vanessa is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is the leading approach for PTSD and those suffering from traumatic events. Vanessa received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University in 2017 and a Bachelors Degree in Interpersonal Communication at Vanguard University in 2014. 

In addition Vanessa sits on the board for Orange County California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist (OC-CAMFT) as Director of Sponsorship and leads the San Diego chapter of OC Shrinks. She is an Adjunct Professor at Hope International University & The Chicago School of Psychology.

Vanessa has partnered with Bloom Foundation in creating a journal to improve self esteem for young women who have been bullied. 


Vanessa gives talks on implementing self care, understanding trauma and trainings on suicide assessment for universities, churches and non profit organizations. 


Vanessa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #128077 with the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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