About

Marie C. Dumas, Psy.D.

I hail originally from the East Coast of the United States where I enjoyed the diversity and seasons of New England. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be in the helping profession, and had decided at the age of 8 years old that I wanted to become a psychologist, once a favorite aunt of mine told me what they were! Even though this left some of the adults in my life incredulous, I knew it was my calling, and set about the task with singular focus. After university graduation, I spent roughly the second half of my life in Southern California bathed in sunshine, and surrounded by palm trees and cacti, where I never quite shook the feeling of being on vacation! It is there that I enjoyed the progression from graduate student into my professional career. I was lucky to be surrounded by talented, fun, smart, and open-minded clinicians working in progressive treatment settings.

 

Though I had frequently traveled, it wasn't until I tango danced my way into the heart of my spouse who was a native of Geneva, Switzerland, that I made the leap over the "pond" and arrived in Europe. I placed my California License on "inactive status" and launched into my new culture with language classes, expat groups, and volunteer activities. It also gave the me time and space to explore my creative instincts which involve design, cooking, ceramics, and painting.

Living this unique transition and acculturation experience in mid-life has been an interesting "swerve" to be sure. It is an experience I wouldn't trade for anything, and one in which I have been utterly humbled  - quite literally feeling at times like an infant trying to string a sentence together in a foreign language! Though my language skills have progressed substantially, being a foreigner in a culture where I did not initially speak the language of the medical community, raised my attention to the unique issues that the immigrant and expat community face. I became aware of the need for English speaking individuals to work outside of the traditional medical and mental health model, and outside of imperfect human-drawn barriers to wellness services.

No matter where I have been, a constant in my professional and volunteer passions has always included wellness and helping others in novel and creative ways. In 2010, the potential benefits of telemental health services intrigued me, so I began researching platforms and related ethical issues, and thereafter began an independent study course with the Telemental Health Training Institute where I became a recognized Advanced Certified Telebehavioral Health Professional and I started an online practice. Though I am no longer practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist, it is my belief that the very best wellness services take into account the real needs of those looking for help, and reduces barriers to services wherever possible.

 

Depending on privacy needs and convenience, in home visits may be needed and are offered at flexible hours. If virtual sessions are desired, various platforms that adhere to the highest levels of security and end to end encryption will be considered and discussed, depending on your needs. It is my desire to exceed your expectations, and to help you make your sessions work for you!

 

At this time, my Cybertherapy wellness services are available in English only, and are open to individuals who wish to work with me outside of the medical model of traditional treatment and insurance. Acute mental health cases, and individuals needing extra professional support will be encouraged to seek qualified traditional medical model services in their area.

Qualifications

Education

Psy.D. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2005, Family Track. California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA. Dissertation: Maternal Non-Use of Corporal Punishment Among Mothers who were Corporally Punished as Children. A Diverse Sample.

 

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, 2001, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA.

 

B.A. in Psychology, minor in Sociology, 1998, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire, USA. Cum Laude, Accelerated study, graduated with B.A. in 3.5 years.

 

High School Diploma, 1995, Massachusetts, USA. Honor Roll Student.

Certifications

California Psychology License PSY24081 (inactive, renewable)

Tier III Psychologist, Naval Region Southwest Credentialed Provider

Advanced Certified Telebehavioral Health Provider

HIPAA Privacy Officer Training

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certification

Assaultive Response Crisis Communication Certification

Anti-Harassment Training for Management

San Diego County Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Provider (inactive/renewable)

San Diego County Child Protective Services TERM Treatment Provider (inactive/renewable)

Experience

2020 - Present

Founder and Therapeutic Wellness Consultant Cybertherapy Consulting - Dr. Marie C. Dumas

Geneva, Switzerland

2013-2015

U.S. Navy Contract Psychologist

Fleet and Family Support, Naval Region Southwest

Zeiders Enterprises, San Diego, California

2012-2014

Founder

Cybertherapy Psychological Inc.

San Diego, California

2011-2013

Program Director

AToN Center

Encinitas, California

2002-2005

Assessment Services Coordinator

Alvarado Parkway Institute

La Mesa, California

1999-2005

Internship Clinical Placements

 

Alvarado Parkway Institute, Psychological Assistant Psychology and Assessment Departments (CA)

Professional Community Services, Psychological Assistant (CA)

Family Stress Counseling Services, Practicum Intern (CA)

Landmark School, Psychological Intern (MA)

2005-2011

Director of Assessment Services and Post Doctoral Intern until independent licensure

Alvarado Parkway Institute

La Mesa, California

Dr. Marie C. Dumas, Psy.D.