Mary Ann Abosch


“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Life is filled with a range of experiences including joy, success, love, sadness, failure, rejection, and more. Learning to navigate the highs and lows of your daily experiences has more to do with awareness and maintaining a peaceful inner world than trying to control the experiences of the external world. Together we can find a path to your authentic self and develop skills, resources, and tools through mind-body practices that allow you to live your best life from the inside out.

    Hi! I'm Mary Ann Abosch, a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified meditation and mindfulness teacher. I work remotely throughout California and in-person in the Santa Monica area. I founded Mary Ann Rege Psychotherapy as a haven to calm your mind, body, and spirit. If you want to manage stress more effectively, reduce anxiety, heal from trauma, understand and integrate mindfulness, or prevent relapse from destructive behaviors, I can help! And if you're part of the beautiful LGBTQIA+ community and are facing challenges, I'm here to support you with my specialized master's degree in Affirmative Psychotherapy and the experience of my own journey.

Mary Ann Abosch, MA, LMFT

  • My Journey
  • Qualifications
  • Treatment Approach

My Journey

LGBTQIA+ specialization

It all began with my own footsteps

I was born creative and have been making things with my hands as far back as I can remember. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts, I worked for years as a graphic designer and also exhibited my fine art in the LA gallery scene. Life was humming along beautifully until I experienced a chain of events that not only took the wind out of my sails but left me feeling like I was in the middle of the ocean without a life preserver. I found myself living in survival mode and it wasn’t until years later that I came to understand what trauma is, the effects it was having on me, and the value of therapy. I jumped in and did the work with a super caring, gentle therapist and through my healing my desire to help others thrive instead of survive was born.

Fast forward to my second career….

I obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, with an LGBTQIA+ specialization to better support and honor the needs of this community. In grad school I hit a pivotal time when a professor introduced me to mindful breathing and I went on to learn meditation in Kyoto, Japan. What a life changer! I returned home knowing, without a doubt, that mindfulness was essential to wellbeing. I continued practicing meditation with local groups, added professional training through UCSD, completed a year-long program with the Mindful Awareness Research Institute at UCLA, and became a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Along my journey, I also learned about the effectiveness of EMDR to address trauma and numerous mental health challenges. I was such a fan of this protocol due to its whole-person approach, integrating mind, body, and emotion, that I not only became trained in EMDR, I became certified.

It’s been an incredible experience for me to help clients in treatment centers, recovery programs, and private practice for over 10 years. I remain enthusiastic as ever as I continue supporting others on their road to self-exploration and healing.

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My learning track is never-ending.

Here are my current certifications, training, and other qualifications:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (91086)
  • Trained Mindfulness Facilitator — UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher — International Mindfulness Teachers Association
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Intensive — University of California San Diego, Center for Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) Training — University of California San Diego, Center for Mindfulness
  • Certified Substance Use Disorder Provider — Matrix Institute/AAMFT
  • Certified EMDR Therapist — EMDR International Association
  • Beat the Odds Drumming Facilitator — UCLA Arts and Healing
  • HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator — Valencia, CA
  • SoulCollage® Facilitator — Los Gatos, CA

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Treatment Approach

I’m an Eclectic Therapist supporting Unique Lives

My treatment approach is organic & humanistic, matching my interventions and knowledge to what you need and how you flow—after all, life isn’t perfectly structured and your nature as a human being is unique. I believe you possess the innate capacity to heal, as well as positive traits and behaviors you may not even recognize. I’ll support you in becoming deeper in touch with yourself so you can use your inner wisdom to heal, grow, and live a fulfilling life.

I’m experienced and passionate about the following therapeutic modalities:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • Imago relationship therapy (IRT)
  • Mindfulness practices and meditation
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP)
  • Mindful self-compassion (MSC)
  • Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)
  • Strength-based therapy

My style is friendly, empathetic, and casual. I’m also honest and realistic. The point is not to tell you what you want to hear but to use my skills and experience to genuinely help you make positive changes.

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