Psych Lab Psychology Center

Mental health services to put you in control of yourself

Phone (562) 684-1300


Dr. Maria Gutierrez, Bilingual Therapist in Long BeachCall Dr. Gutierrez at (562) 684-1314, or email
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Maria del Carmen Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Bilingual Trauma & Eating Disorder Therapist
Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94026623)
Supervised by David Godot, Psy.D.,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27572)

“I’ll help you let go of shame so you can love yourself and be more like the person you want to be.”


Start taking control right now:

  1. Request a free consultation (click here)
  2. Schedule an in-depth therapy evaluation to understand what's needed
  3. Meet with Dr. Gutierrez weekly to work on skills, growth, & healing

Dr. Gutierrez' Personal Statement

I believe we are often unaware of many factors that determine our emotions and behaviors. You may find yourself asking, “Why can’t I just be happy?” I focus on identifying the root causes of behavior rather than simply trying to eliminate symptoms. The more deeply you understand yourself, the more you will be empowered to make healthier choices and live more present in the moment. I believe it is possible to connect to the joy in your life.

I can help you accomplish that change. I believe that the most important ingredient is a positive therapeutic alliance based on trust and empathy. Building this will allow us to work together to explore your unique inner world. Therapy is an opportunity to understand the relationships that molded you into the person you are. We can take the opportunity to refocus your life.

My background includes work and training in many different clinics in Europe and America, doing both psychological assessment and treatment.  I speak English and Spanish. I have had the opportunity to work with people of many different backgrounds, cultures, genders, ages, and ethnicities, and this has allowed me to develop more sensitivity to multicultural issues. I have worked with many immigrants and expatriates, helping them through the challenges around identity and belonging that can come along with the stress of adapting to a new place and new culture.

I have a lot of experience in helping people with eating disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, personality disorders, adjustment, domestic violence, and childhood trauma. I have helped clients of all different ages, from children to older adults, and I love helping people that want to make a change in their lives.

I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain.  I also earned my master’s degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute of the Psychoanalytic Society of Mexico (SPM). I am a certified International Psychoanalyst. I am a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). I am trained in codifying mentalization in Adult Attachment Interview (AAI-RF) in Anna Freud Center in London. My clinical training was in different countries and settings such as schools, nonprofit psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics treating diverse emotional issues. I am passionate about Attachment Theory and how our early relationships with our caregivers affects the way we relate with others and with ourselves later on in life.

I am here to support you in an atmosphere of acceptance, hope, and understanding.