About Rose

I am so glad you are ready to work on enhancing your relationship!  My name is Rose Hickman, and I am a Marriage Counselor/Relationship Therapist in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California as well as Los Angeles, California.

Helping couples save and enhance their relationships is my passion.   My focus is on really “getting” each of you, creating a safe place for working through what is keeping you from connecting, and helping you to be there for each other again – right in the session.

I was trained in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) by its founder, Susan Johnson.  EFT is one of the most evidence-based couples’ therapies.  In other words, it has been proven to be effective in helping couples relieve their relationship distress and deepen their connection – even years after therapy has ended.  Why does this matter?  Your relationship is too important to gamble with therapy that might be ineffective or even harmful to your relationship.

In addition to my work with couples, I also specialize in helping people process and get past painful experiences and relationships in their past, which may be causing feelings of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or low self-esteem.  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) has been shown in studies and in my clients to lead to powerful healing that they never believed possible.

Although I have counseled clients for several years, I was not always a counselor.  My curiosity initially led me to a career in science, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, working as a researcher for NASA, and starting a Ph.D. program in Atmospheric Science at Georgia Institute of Technology.  I then earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, allowing me to merge my loves of science and advocacy into a career as a patent attorney.

After practicing as an attorney for almost a decade, I noticed that there were still parts of me that were not expressed in my career, and I found myself drawn to helping my loved ones with problems or issues that were coming up in their lives. I earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and began counseling clients in 2009, and I now maintain a counseling practice and an award-winning law practice.  I have never felt more balanced.

If you are struggling in your relationship or would just like to make a good thing better, I would love to work with you.  The first step is yours to take.  You may contact me now for a free fifteen-minute telephone introduction or get started right away with a full session.  I can be reached by telephone at (424) 571-2273, by email at rose@counselingsocal.com, or via the form to the right.  I look forward to meeting you!

Rose Hickman LMFT
(424) 571-2273



Los Angeles
4519 Admiralty Way, Suite 202
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Orange County
2900 Bristol St., Suite E-203
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (83810)