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Mario De Salvo

Adjunct Faculty
Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Mario De Salvo is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in private practice in the San Fernando Valley. He received his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Family Study Center (now the Phillips Graduate Institute), and completed his doctoral course work at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Mario has extensive training and experience in Family Systems Theory, Object Relation's theory, Self-Psychology, Analytic Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. In addition to his private practice he has worked in a variety of treatment settings including outpatient, residential, and hospital inpatient programs. Mr. De Salvo served as the Program Director for the Rader Institute (a inpatient eating disorder treatment program) and as the Clinical Director for the Eating Disorder Center of California (a partial hospitalization program). Mr. De Salvo has extensive experience working with, couples, families and groups. In addition with his extensive experience working addictions, eating disorders, co-dependency and adjustment disorders, Mr. De Salvo also works with clients struggling with existential and spiritual transitions. Since 1992 Mr. De Salvo has served, and continues to serve, as an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University, where he teaches various graduate level courses in psychology and psychotherapy. He also teaches in both the BA and Masters programs at Antioch University. In his spare time Mr. De Salvo plays the French horn with the Los Angeles Wind Symphony and has an insatiable interest in comparative religion and philosophy.



  • MA, MFT, Phillips Graduate Institute