Diane Sagen - About Me

About Me

I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, maintaining a private practice in Newport Beach, California

A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, with an emphasis in depth psychology, my orientation is both psychodynamic and Jungian. I approach therapy with a mindfulness of psyche’s use of symbols in the unconscious to shed a richer awareness of self into our lives.

I have spent many years creating my own art.  Sometimes I may encourage a client to use art or sand tray to help see life from a new perspective.  I recognize that music, art, photography or simply standing in the ocean or nature can be as healing as hours of therapy.  I have personally rediscovered playing the cello as my own form of therapy, and encourage clients to find themselves in whatever art form appeals.

With a background and interest in many spiritual and religious traditions, I help clients who may be going through spiritual crises in an inclusive, non-judging and open way.

I have, as well, 12 years of experience with victims of abuse, both childhood and partner abuse. 


  • MA in counseling psychology, Pacific Graduate Institute
  • BFA Studio Art, Cum Laude, University of California, Irvine

Additional Training in:

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Externship
  • Sand tray therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing for addiction and domestic violence victims
  • Trauma Therapy Workshops with: John Briere, Colin Ross, Bessel Van der Kolk, Babette Rothschild, and Peter Levine
  • State Mandated 40-hour domestic violence training
  • Mindfulness and meditation


  • 10th annual International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego
  • Panel, “Motivational Interviewing: what our clients have taught us."
  • The Hotline, training for hotline volunteers, Human Options 40-hour DV training

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage Family Therapy, CAMFT
  • Jung Club of Orange County
  • International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

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Diane Sagen, MFT, #39750 - 1000 Quail St., Suite 175, Newport Beach, CA 92660 - (714) 269-4061