Relationship Navigation

Relationship Navigation

5.0 (2)
2 employees
13 years in business

About this pro

“Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being,     not our dream, but a human being with flaws.” -Anais Nin

It’s easy to walk away.  Mastery and true satisfaction in romance (or any aspiration) comes when you embrace the subtle yet powerful ability to “stay in”.  Staying in requires a fierceness that begins with observation and then awareness of ways you have consciously or unconsciously disregarded yourself…so often buried in old trauma, forgotten memories, misconstrued beliefs or simply bad habits.  As these hidden beliefs and coping mechanisms are observed and deconstructed and seen as false... they transmute, making GREAT CHANGE possible…at any moment.   Stop blaming the other. Take radical steps to right YOURSELF and be the partner you want to be...then watch the magic happen with him or her 

I love my work passionately and especially working with clients who really want to find or sustain a romantic relationship as their primary reason for seeking therapy.   I know you are  so tired of repeating similar scenarios or hitting obstacles and perceived failures...its exhausting and can be so difficult to suss out on your own.  Reaching out for counsel is the most natural human impulse throughout time. 

When you chose me on as your therapist or coach I see it as embarking on an adventure together...a road trip of sorts. And as with any adventurous undertaking, you want the right guide. Someone with whom you:

  • know has lots of real life experience annd knowledge  
  • trust and respect (and who is a trusted and respected professional)
  • find connection with easily and who gently fosters intimacy 
  • ... have wholehearted faith will get to your destination and have some fun along the way.
  • most of feel safe with                     

Here's what others have said:

“If I could capture MJ in one word, it would be compassion.    I have been a client of many very good and highly educated therapists and never have I met someone with such exceptional warmth, understanding, and openness, not to mention knowledge and experience.  And this was clear after the first ten minutes of our first session!"  AK

"Marijane has been there for me when I needed to find my own voice among all the well-meaning voices around me. She was a mirror to me. A neutral observer, she can flip my perceptions instantly through wise insight. She's a friend and a therapist. It has been at least a year since I’ve seen her and I still think of what she would say to me in difficult situations"Radhika P

"Somewhere after a few months of seeing MJ every week, I noticed I just wasn’t blaming my husband anymore, for anything…AT ALL.  It’s like my blaming muscle got weaker and my quiet spine of light and love got MUCH stronger.  It is certainly much better to be married to someone that I like, most of the time.  And when I don’t, it's not his problem, it's mine".   -Cheryl T, Los Angeles

"Her ability to reflect me to me in a loving, kind and perceptive way with humor and intelligence, has made a profound impact on my personal growth. I recommend Marijane to anyone who wishes to move forward in their self- journey, especially if that journey involves another person”.- Holly M. Las Vegas

"First of all I must say I am now married to the guy who I wasn't even sure liked me when I first started therapy with MJ. And she has been a big part of my success.  Even when she's telling me something I don't want to hear, something that might shake me to my core with pain, or fear, or whatever, it's so much easier to hear it when it comes from her because you know it's always coming from a safe space. I never have to worry whether she has my best interest at heart because she demonstrates this quality in the most effortless way. She listens. She asks me the questions I won't ask myself. She guides me, she doesn’t 'lecture' me. She doesn't prod or belittle. She always makes sure I'm clear on the work I need to do and she holds me accountable when I fail myself. She's just simply: the best." - Christina M., Los Angeles 

Marijane Cardell DiCandia, MA, PhD

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009

Doctor of Philosophy, Temple University 2020

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South Pasadena, CA 91030
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  • Cheryl

    "Somewhere after a few months of seeing MJ every week, I noticed I just wasn’t blaming my husband anymore, for anything…AT ALL. It’s like my blaming muscle got weaker and my quiet spine of light and love got MUCH stronger. It is certainly much better to be married to someone that I like, most of the time. And when I don’t, it's not his problem, it's mine". -Cheryl T, Los Angeles

  • Christina M.

    Marijane, or MJ as most people call her, is more like a detective than a therapist. She is so gifted in her ability to create connection but she doesn't have much interest in the victim stories...she wants to move on to the juicy stuff and get down to what's stopping you from giving yourself True Love. According to MJ, its the only game where wining doesn't neccesarily mean you find the partner who you know is out there but is still more like a dream. Once you start consistanly raising your ability to see yourself, raising self awareness and enjoying yourself without trying so hard, somehow life and love wants you, just as you are. It's a challenge for sure but the challenge you begin to be brave enough to take on..

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I want to see who you are and why you aren't happy with your relationship...or lack of one...or are worried the other doesn't fully like/love you.  Then, with your agreement, together we tweak your perception, just a little...a bit like a chiropractic adjustment.  I have to say, it can be a confronting journey because you will have to face yourself and stop blaming...period.  This all happens while we are just having a conversation.  Its a very natural process...old-school with new-school understanding.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Oaks College

PhD, Dr of Philosophy, Temple University

Certified Field Facillitator

Certified Psych K Facillitator

Imago Trained Therapist

School of Hard Knocks

How did you get started in this business?

I was a facillitator of a workshop on the East Coast in what's known as "the human potential movement".  That's where I found my love of being a little part of others gaining more happiness and satisfaction.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

trust your gut

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

I would't think about questions....just show up as you are and be willing to expose a bit of whats going on with you....then see if you feel good with the interaction that can feel when its yourself and your heart and your gut (your mind not so much).