About Us

NOTE: All the therapists at Marriage and Family Center are private practitioners running their own separate practices.

Clinicians with Therapy Practices at Marriage and Family Center:

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Michael H. Bean MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Michael has been practicing Marriage and Family Therapy since 1997. Since then he has helped literally hundreds of people, especially couples regain the peace, love, and joy they had all but given up finding. In addition to relationship issues, Michael has helped people with problems caused by depression, anxiety, anger, and other issues. Michael’s approach to therapy is best described as “action-oriented.” He quickly focuses on what is going wrong and starts recommending interventions as soon as possible. An award winning speaker, Michael has spoken, lectured, and presented to more than 200 audiences on dozens of subjects and is a regular contributor to Hot 94.1 FM Romeo in the Morning show. As the founder of Marriage and Family Center, Michael is a principle contributor to the website. Read his blog article on What to Look for in a Therapist.

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Jennifer Conway, MFT-I
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #62030 Jennifer has been practicing psychotherapy since 2008. She has the most experience working with clients who struggle with substance abuse, and clients who struggle with family discord. Jennifer’s theoretical orientation can be best described as cognitive-behavioral, in that the she works with clients to improve problematic thinking patterns and to change maladaptive behaviors. She also focuses on the strengths of each client, and assists the client in applying those strengths to other areas of life. Jennifer earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield in 2009. She provides therapy under the supervision of Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Laurie M. Stamps (Lic #34491, 5401 Business Park South, Bakersfield, CA 93309, (661)301-7745). [clear]

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Robert Moreno, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Robert has been practicing therapy since 2004 and is a graduate of San Diego State University and California State University Bakersfield. He has recently returned to Bakersfield where he spent most of his young adult years before joining the Navy. Robert considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with numerous multi-cultural groups in different settings to include treating young persons on Probation, domestic violence offenders, court-ordered sexual perpetrators, Child Protective Services offenders and families in the process of reunification. He is a strong advocate for the “family” and believes that nothing happens within the family that does not affect all members of that family. He also believes that therapy should be strength-based and encompass each individual’s own perspective of the world.

Therapy for me is about building a relationship based on trust, because all good therapy takes place within the context of a trusting relationship. Therapy is also about helping others discover their strengths and utilizing those strengths to help them move through difficult situations in their lives.


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David Riess, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker David is a licensed therapist who has been providing therapy in Bakersfield for the past 9 years. His focus has always been on improving the lives and relationships of the clients he works with. He is empathetic, thoughtful, and direct. He is able to put his clients at ease while at the same time encouraging and motivating them to move toward the healthy relationship outcomes they envision for themselves. If you are a couple dealing with trust, communication, or desire issues or you simply want to deepen an already meaningful and intimate relationship, David can help. If you are an individual who has experienced a difficult break-up or you find yourself in unhealthy and unsatisfying relationships, David can help.

Relationships are hard. They require a lot of effort. Sometimes getting along with another person seems impossible. It may not seem like it is worth the effort. My focus is on helping individuals and couples who are interested in having a more satisfying and rewarding relationship. My goal is for couples and individuals to feel that the emotional energy they are putting into their relationship is worth the effort.”


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Laurie M. Stamps, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Laurie has been working in the field of psychology in Kern County for 16 years. Although for the past several years she has worked mainly with adults, most of her experience has been working with children and families. Her experience with serious cases involving past abuse, extremely out of control children, and difficult child/adult relationships has prepared her to work with individuals and families facing a wide range of issues. Laurie tends to be strengths-based and solution-focused in her work. She is willing to make home visits to people who are shut-in, or to those who are simply unable to make it to the office for other reasons upon request. [clear]

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Mark Waller Ph.D., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Mark is the award-winning author of six books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects. His latest book is Awakening: Exposing the Voice of the Mosaic Mind. When working with clients, Mark uses a highly interactive approach—involving clients in the process of their own change. In addition to running a private practice at the Marriage and Family Center, Mark is an accomplished writer, lecturer, and speaker. No stranger to working through the pain of personal and relationship struggle, he has undergone personal awakenings himself, and his passion is helping his clients experience awakenings of their own. You can learn a lot more about Mark and his practice at masteringthought.com. [br top=”10″]

Our Mission

Bringing lasting happiness to the families and individuals of the greater Bakersfield area through the highest quality counseling and education.
Our Vision

Marriage and Family Center’s vision statement is made up of three Cs that guide all our services: [icon_list icon=”tick”]


[/icon_list] [br top=”10″] At Marriage and Family Center, we have used the three Cs to help adults, adolescents and children work through difficult relationships, depression, anxiety, grief, compulsive eating and a wide range of other interpersonal and emotional issues. [br top=”10″ bottom=”10″] Over the years we have found amazing joy in helping people find or regain peace and happiness in their lives. If you’ve been hurting, we sincerely hope you’ll give peace and happiness another try. Please feel free to explore this site and if what you read makes sense to you, please contact us. [br top=”20″]
A Few of Our Affiliations

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