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Marriage & Family Therapist

Zoila Wichmann, LMFT

Zoila received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Prior to her therapy education, she received her Master's degree in Education from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a teacher where she learned that many students were unable to be present and focus within classrooms because of environmental stressors, past trauma, undiagnosed socio-emotional issues or learning disorders.  She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families within a school-based setting, and has worked with families who have children with special needs.  She enjoys couples and co-parenting work to create constructive and healthy communications.  She works from a strength-based model, highlighting positive skills that each individual family member brings, while encouraging the development of new skills for individual and family growth.  She uses various therapy modalities with children, such as play and bibliotherapy, to foster connections and allow for expression and growth.


"All family members should have a space that safe and nonjudgmental to better understand hurts, and recognize positive and negative family cycles.  With time and support, parents and children can develop positive communications for a healthy family system where there is appropriate boundaries with empathy and compassion for all."

Licensing and Education

  • Marriage & Family Therapist License #113586

  • Master's in Arts in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

  • Master's of Arts in Education, University of California Berkeley

    • Developmental Teacher Education Program

    • RYAN Multiple Clear Credential with AB 1059 and BCLAD​

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

Personal Skills/Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish

Clinical Background

  • Children's Health Council

    • provided individual and conjoint therapy for children and parents with various diagnosis, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism

    • conducted intakes, assessments and evaluations to provide appropriate diagnosis for effective treatment planning and therapeutic support

    • facilitated groups within the school setting - social skills, communication skills, self-esteem

    • coordinated services with school administration when appropriate

  • Almaden Valley Counseling Service

    • provided clinic and school-based counseling for children and their families - individual and conjoint

    • co-facilitated positive parenting classes

  • Family Violence Counseling Associates

    • provided therapy services to victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and families with current or past DFCS involvement for parent-child reunification

    • collaborated with social workers and linked clients and families with therapeutic and community resources

  • Santa Clara Unified School District

    • provided individual and conjoint therapy for elementary and middle school children with various diagnosis, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism

    • facilitated groups such as social skills, communication skills, and self-esteem

  • Bill Wilson Center 

    • provided therapy to adults, adolescents, couples and family relating to grief, substance abuse and other relational challenges

    • conducted with court ordered juveniles, families in shelter, juveniles in group home

Associations & Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CAMFT

  • President, Lakeside School Community Foundation