Marcella Cox

Marcella Cox

961 Laurel Street, Suite 201
San Carlos, CA 94062
Contact by phone or e-mail

Not wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Certified: Yes – BBS

Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 2-5 years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 10-15

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: After graduating with my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Notre Dame De Namur, I spent a year training in treating eating disorders through Association of Professional Treating Eating Disorders in San Francisco. I received trained in the Maudsley Approach to Family-Based Treatment at Stanford with James Locke. I am also qualified to teach Mindful Eating, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion through UCSD’s Center from Mindfulness. I teach Mindful Eating in my private practice and have co-authored a chapter on Mindful Eating in the book, Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. I teach Mindful Self-Compassion at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, and I’m a certified yoga instructor. In addition to working in private practice, I am a psychotherapist and yoga therapist at Cielo House in Belmont. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents with eating, weight and body-image issues; anxiety and mood disorders; and relationship issues.


I use a holistic and integrative approach to support clients in their healing. My focus is the dynamic connection between mind, body, and spirit to improve ones health. I empower my clients to develop healthier relationships with themselves and others by assisting them to increase awareness of their experience, foster self-acceptance, and cultivate compassion. I create a warm and caring environment by building a relationship based on respect, acceptance and understanding, where my clients feel safe to identify and address internal and external obstacles for growth and change and enable them to access inner wisdom and strength to make better choices in their lives.

Full recovery is absolutely possible, but it is requires work and commitment. Although everyone’s road to recovery is different, in the end recovery means being free from the physical and emotional distress of the eating disorder. It often involves slowing down and tuning into the wisdom of your body, learning how to cope with emotions in new ways, and cultivating self-acceptance and self-love.


POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Families, Females, Seniors

CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHESCognitive Behavioral, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy


Willing and experienced in working as part of a team.

FEES: Cash, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale
If patient is covered by a PPO, patient needs to apply for reimbursement.