About Me

Dr. Diane R. Gehart has been working with individuals, couples, children, and families to quickly and effectively resolve problems for nearly 20 years. As a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge, she has studied and teaches a wide range of therapeutic approaches and maintains a cutting edge practice based on emerging research and theory. Her primary approach is a collaborative, strength-based model, which involves carefully listening to clients to identify the best way to address their unique situation in manner that is authentic for them. She has a refreshingly warm and down-to-earth presence that makes her easy to talk to, and she quickly helps clients get to the heart of the matter and take action. To best meet her clients needs, she has pursued advanced training in postmodern, emotionally focused therapy (www.iceeft.com), solution-oriented, family systems, narrative, mindfulness, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and trauma-focused therapies.

She has authored several books, including Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Family Therapy, and The Complete Core Competencies Assessment System and co-edited Collaborative Therapy: Conversations and Relationships that Make a Difference. She has written numerous professional articles and is an internationally sought after speaker, having given hundreds of workshops to professionals and general audiences. She is on the editorial review boards for several academic journals as well as community service boards related to child sexual abuse. She is an active leader in the field and has served on numerous state and national boards in the field of family therapy. She is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Ph.D., Distinguished Graduate, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy Specialization, 1997 St. Mary's, University, San Antonio, Texas. Doctoral program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dissertation: Client and Therapist Perspectives of Change in Collaborative Language Systems: An Interpretive Ethnography. Internship: Counseling Center, University of Texas, San Antonio. Externship: Collaborative Narratives: Postmodern Theory and Practice, 1995-1996, Houston Galveston Institute, Texas.

M. A., Distinguished Graduate, Mental Health Counseling, 1994, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.

B. A., Magna Cum Laude, Majors: Psychology and East Asian Studies (Chinese emphasis), 1992, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

Approved Supervisor & Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California #35626
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas #14071 (inactive status)

Related Links

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Official Website for information about the profession of marriage and family therapy.

Marburger Institut für C-Studien, Marburg, Germany
Post-graduate training in systemic and postmodern therapies in Marburg, Germany. Dr. Gehart teaches regularly at their Summer Academy each year.

Taos Institute
A collaborative of professionals from diverse disciplines, including business, mental health, and education, developing and implementing social constructionist practices.