Monica Bezzi Demas – MA, RAS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

624 W 9th St. Suite 103 San Pedro, California 90731


I provide empathic and experienced therapy for adults, teens, couples and families, with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and clinician. I offer a goal oriented approach to counseling based on building a collaborative relationship with each of my clients; accepting their need for comfort, understanding, and guidance, while challenging and encouraging growth and independence. I use a caring, loving and thought-provoking  approach to my sessions, emphasizing an open, accepting, and non-judgmental awareness of self. I use a variety of techniques and frequently employ various approaches during sessions.

I was born and raised in Brazil and have Italian ancestry. I immigrated to the United States in 1992 and obtained my Masters in Counseling Psychology and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Study and Counseling. I am a Registered Addiction Specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

“Always say  ‘yes’ to the present moment…Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.” -Eckhart Tolle


Positive Parenting Program (Triple P): Evidence Based Treatment

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist (TF-CBT): Evidence Based Treatment

Registered  Addiction Specialist (RAS): Breining Institute,Registration #S0510051335

ICARE Infancy Childhood: Specialized services for children aged birth to five years to address: emotional dysregulation; attachment relationships; adjustment to transitions; disruption of emotional development. Level  I (Brain Development/Attachment, DC-03R, ICARE Assessment Tool,  Typical/Atypical) Infant Development, Intervention Models for (0-5), First Aid CPR Trained

Multidisciplinary Assessment Team: MAT training in-depth assessment to child/children detained by the DCFS, placed in out of home care. DCFS/DMH


Years in Practice: 15+ years
School: National University- MA ; UCLA Alcohol and Drug Abuse Study & Counseling
Year Graduated: National University 2008; UCLA 2000
License No. and State: LMFT77371 RASSO510051335


• Addiction/Substance Abuse
• Adoption
• Alcohol Abuse
• Anxiety
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Borderline Personality
• Depression
• Divorce
• Drug Abuse
• Dual Diagnosis
• Family Conflict
• Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
• Parenting
• Peer Relationships
• Relationship Issues
• Self Esteem
• Trauma and PTSD
• Victims of Crimes

Cient Focus

Religious Orientation


• Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
• Adults
• Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

• Brief Family Therapy
• Coaching
• Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
• Eclectic
• Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
• Mindfulness
• Motivational Interviewing
• Psychodynamic
• Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

Accepted Insurance Plans