Raquel A. Cantacessi M.A.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

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  • M.A., Marriage & Family Counseling, Hope International University
  • B.A., Communications, Spanish & Public Relations, Texas Christian University


  • California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • EMDR, Level I & II trained
  • Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: Fullerton, CA, 1997 - present
  • Clinical Supervisor and Lead Therapist: Bethany Christian Services of Southern California, 1992-2002
  • MFT Intern: Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, 1995 – 1997
  • MFT Trainee and Intern: Curtis C. Rouanzoin, Ph.D. & Associates, 1992 - 1997
  • MFT Intern: Straight Talk Drug and Alcohol Unit, 1992 – 1994


  • Supervised Practicum
  • Treatment of Couples
  • Human Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Communication & Therapeutic Qualities
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Comprehensive Case Presentation


  • CAMFT, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • AAMFT, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • EMDRIA, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Assoc.


  • Training students and Marriage and Family trainees to be successful clinicians in a variety of clinical settings
  • Integrating biblical principles into the application of therapy and the development of the clinician
  • Translating “theory” into practice
  • Strengthening marriage, family and community through the healing art and practice of counseling


  • Child Abuse and Prevention seminars for Straight Talk Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Co-Dependency seminar for community outreach with Rouanzoin Ph.D. & Associates
  • Multiple adoption related presentations with Bethany Christian Services
  • Couples Communication and Marriage Builder seminar for Brea Baptist Church

My full-time hobby and present vocation is developing, nurturing, and parenting two children to be responsible, productive, and giving members of our community and society as well as maintaining a relationship with Christ that evidences in personal integrity. For fun, we enjoy biking at the beach, sports, eating out, and Frosted Cupcakery cupcakes. My personal hobby is Starbucks if that is a category.




"Be responsible for what you think, say, and do, rather than projecting it on others or denying it." -Virginia Satir

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.

“One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much I had in my bank
Nor what my clothes looked like.
One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of school I attended,
What kind of typewriter I used,
How large or small my church,
But the world may be ...
a little better because...
I was important in the life of a child. ”

— Forest Whitcraft


Isaiah 41:10   "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."