Mariposa Therapy & Assessment

Marta J.L. Miranda, Psy.D.,  Clinical Psychologist

Background

Born in Lisbon, Portugal I was raised in Portugal and the U.S.  Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, I worked as an international policy analyst, traveling throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe.  I also lived in Brazil for a year, and worked with environmental groups in Venezuela.  I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  I received my bachelor's degree in Geography from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and my master's degree from the San Diego State University.


I obtained my Doctor of Psychology degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where I was trained in psychological assessment and traditional psychodynamic therapy technique.  I completed training practica at an inner-city, residential substance abuse treatment facility, and at a private practice providing psychological assessment services for immigrants seeking legal status in the U.S.  I subsequently moved to Seattle to complete an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Fremont Community Therapy Project in Seattle. 


I am the Washington State representative to the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives, the association's governing body. I am also a member of APA Divisions 56 (Trauma), 35 (Psychology of Women), 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), and 52 (International Psychology).


Please consult my curriculum vitae for further information about my background.

 

In Memoriam
Anneka:  Jan. 11, 2002- Sept. 13, 2016

Anneka was my co-therapist and a frequent companion in the office. She welcomed clients to their sessions and often sat with them on the couch or lay by their feet. Always attentive to people's needs, she sometimes provided her own commentary in grunts and sighs. She offered gentle kisses and lay on clients' laps to remind them of the present moment.  


Anneka was diagnosed with an inoperable thyroid tumor in July, 2016.  She died peacefully in my arms shortly thereafter.  She is sorely missed both at work and at home.