Raquel A. Cantacessi, M.A., LMFT

Professor, College of Psychology & Counseling

Email: racantacessi@hiu.edu
Office: Stadium Terraces, 9th floor, office number 957


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 elementary 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. And for fun, we enjoy biking at the beach, eating out, and Frosted Cupcakery cupcakes.


"Some people need to forgive God, not because He has ever done anything wrong, but because they have held him responsible." David Seamonds

“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


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