Lee Ockenden, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Davis

Who we are and how we relate to the world and others is dictated by the meaning we give to our past. But if we choose to find the purpose in our experiences instead of the pain, we find new resources, giving us the catalyst to change, grow, heal and pursue the life we desire and deserve.

Traditional therapy was founded in psychoanalysis with the assumption that an individual’s growth and change process was hinged on gaining insight and into their behavioral patterns by processing, free-associating and reflecting on their past. Inside this traditional “treatment culture,” it is not uncommon for a client to stay in treatment long periods of time, lasting anywhere from three to seven years or more, including multiple sessions per week.

I believe that traditional therapy can foster dependency and create barriers for lasting change. I often hear from new patients who have been to therapy for many years that they felt their last therapist(s) were too passive. Rather than embracing a “backward-looking—coping” approach, I embrace a “forward-looking—thriving” approach by focusing on resolving barriers to change, identifying solutions and creating choices. This approach, inside a safe supportive and consistent counseling environment, encourages clients to use their own innate resources to heal.

In addition, I am also clear that my clients will ultimately find their support and accountability through their partner, family or community and I encourage my clients to create a healthy support system outside the office.

  • Years in Practice: 21 Years
  • School: Hope International University
  • Year Graduated: 1998
  • License and State: MFC38216 California
Men’s Relationship/Divorce Recovery Group

Inviting Men to address issues of sensitivity vs. anger, acceptance vs. dominance/control, accommodation vs. healthy assertiveness. Welcoming men in and out of committed relationships that may have identify patterns of behavior. Age welcome 35+. Will limit group size to 6 including facilitator. This is a process group and also will be topical and follow some books chosen by group. Please call Lee direct at 530.902.6772.


  • Anxiety
  • Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling
  • Depression
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Seniors 65+


  • English


  • Out of Network


  • Attachment Based Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Therapy