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Marie S. Dezelic, PhD, PsyD, LMHC, MS, BBA, CCTP, CFTP, CCFP, NCLC, CFRC, NCAIP, Diplomate in Logotherapy, has a private psychotherapy and coaching practice in South Florida. Dr. Dezelic sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and travels nationally and internationally for crisis intervention.  


She treats a variety of issues in her clinical practice such as Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders and Addictions, Sexual Dysfunctions, Relationship/ Marital and Family Difficulties, Collaborative Separation and Divorce, Grief and Loss, Neurocognitive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Palliative Care, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue, and Spiritual/Existential Distress; additionally, her Coaching practice consists of Meaning-Centered Life Coaching, Business and Executive Coaching, Spiritual Coaching, and School/College Coaching.  Her main focus of clinical research lies in relationships, trauma, grief and spirituality through an Existential/Logotherapy integrative framework.  

Dr. Dezelic holds a PhD and a PsyD in psychology, a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling, a Diplomate in Logotherapy, is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Certified Family Trauma Professional, a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, a Certified Life Coach/ Family Recovery Coach/ and Interventionist, is an internationally accredited member of the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria, and holds several advanced training certifications in the therapy modalities listed under her Treatment Approach, including in couples and family systems therapy. She designs and offers numerous healthcare presentations on staff education, implementing programs and support teams on the holistic patient-centered approach to patient care such as: Mental Health in Healthcare, Meaning within Illness, Palliative Care, Psycho-Spiritual Oncology Treatment, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Grief and Loss Support, Dimensions of Pain, Pastoral Care, Staff Motivation, and Spirituality.

Dr. Dezelic has published Meaning-Centered Therapy Workbook: Based on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy & Existential Analysis; and has co-authored Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: Logotherapy & Existential Analysis Brief Therapy Protocol for Group & Individual Sessions; Trauma Treatment - Healing the Whole Person: Meaning-Centered Therapy & Trauma Treatment Foundational Phase-work Manual; Transforming Relationships: Essentials for Building Bridges of Connection; Transcending Grief: Recovering Meaning & Practical Tools for Navigating the Journey through the World of Loss; and 5 Minute Prescription: For Health, Happiness, & Meaning in Life. She has an upcoming publication on Palliative Care for Healthcare providers. Dr. Dezelic has also published a book of poetry, Elements of Harmony: Experiencing the Reality of Your Imagination with Artist Chady Elias, treatment assessments, writes articles and designs collaborative projects with researchers, and presents in various venues nationally and internationally on mental health, coaching, relationships and spirituality topics.  

Additionally, Dr. Dezelic assists with clinical psychoeducation initiatives and is a board member for Camillus Health Concern - the Medical arm of Camillus House, taking care of our unhoused population in South Florida.  Dr. Dezelic is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization, FACES- Foundation Advancing Cultural and Economic Survival Inc., ( She is active in promoting cultural awareness, education, and psychological and medical support for cultures and groups facing extreme poverty around the world.


Dr. Dezelic holds current memberships in the following organizations: Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (VFIL); Viktor Frankl Institute of Vienna, Austria; Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA); Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC); American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS); International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS); EMDR International Association (EMDRIA); International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP); International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT); and The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM).





Additional Training Certifications and Expertise:

Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute- Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate

International Association of Trauma Professionals- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

International Association of Trauma Professionals- Certified Family Trauma Professional

International Association of Trauma Professionals- Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional

Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk- Intensive Trauma Treatment Certificate

The Mindful Journey Center- Trauma Incidence Reduction Facilitator

Dr. Sue Johnson- Intensive Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Certificate

Evergreen Certification Institute- Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional

The Gottman Institute- Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Institute- Gottman Method Couples Therapy Intensive

The Gottman Institute- Gottman Seven Principles of Marriage Program Educator

University of Pennsylvania- Positive Psychology Center Program

Grief Recovery Institute- Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist

Harvard Medical School- Communication in Serious Illness Trainer

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center- Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Providers

CAPC, Center to Advance Palliative Care- Education, Building Palliative Care Teams and Departments

EPEC, Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care- Training the Trainer

The Addictions Academy- National Certificate Advanced Intervention Professional (NCAIP)

The Addictions Academy- Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coaching (NCFRC) 

The Addictions Academy- Nationally Certified Life Coach (NCLC)



 "Along the journey,
all paths lead toward meaning
and a meaningful existence."
(M. Dezelic)

Forewords & Collaborations >>>

Dr. Marie Dezelic, PhD, Photograph by Kristina Radeke

My Books

5 Minute Prescription- Dezelic & Ghanoum, Foreword by Lexie Potamkin
Transcending Grief by Marie Dezelic, PhD & Gabriel Ghanoum, PsyD
Transforming Relationships by Marie Dezelic, PhD & Gabriel Ghanoum, PsyD, with Mark Rufeh, MBA & Dr. Pninit Russo-Netzer, PhD, MS
Trauma Treatment - Healing the Whole Person
Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual by Marie Dezelic, PhD & Gabriel Ghanoum, PsyD, with William Breitbart, MD & Rev. Lexie Potamkin, MS
Meaning-Centered Therapy Workbook
Palliative Care Book
Elements of Harmony Book
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