About Fenella

Clinical Experience

Family Service Agency of Marin
(Child, Adolescent and Family Team)

On this team, I work with individuals, couples, families and children covering a variety of issues including anger management, relationship issues, parenting issues, life blocks and depression. I have a particular interest in trauma, the brain and personality disorders.

Intake Worker
As an intake worker, I provide an initial clinical or mental health assessment and provide immediate support / crisis management for the caller.

Waldorf School Counselor, Marin Co.
As part of my work in the community I am School counselor. I work with children and adolescents in a Waldorf setting utilizing play therapy, art therapy and sand tray work. I am also called upon to provide psycho-educational workshops to teachers.

St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Marin Co.
A residential facility for ages 7-17, St. Vincent's offers care for boys one level below psychiatric hospitalisation. Many of the boys struggle with deep emotional disturbances resulting from severe parental abuse—physical, sexual, or emotional. As a milieu counselor, I worked in the living space to give the boys a sense of community living and create an environment in which therapeutic and recreational activities can begin to relieve the trauma suffered early on in their lives.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
As appointed representatives of the court, CASA volunteers are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Working collaboratively with Child Protective Services, Probation and the legal system, my role was to work on re-unification with the family. This entailed linking the family to an array of services that addressed the family’s physical, emotional, social, educational, and vocational needs. Most of these clients had a combination of mental illness and substance abuse issues.



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