Nina C. Miller

Resume and History

Nina C. Miller  MA, M.F.C.T. 

License #  MFC12814


  • Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist, License # MFC12814
  • Licensed 1978, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, State of California


  • Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Member, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Member, Southern California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists


  • Master of Arts Degree:    Azusa Pacific College, May, 1978, Social Sciences, emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree:   University of Southern California, January, 1970, Humanities


I consulted as a family systems expert during the research and writing of two best selling self-help books:  Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Loved Them and Toxic Parents.  I provided case histories and assisted in designing strategies and interventions for both works.   Both of these books were written by Susan Forward.

I have been a guest family systems expert on a number of media talk shows, including Phil Donohue, Oprah, Maury Povich, Bertice Berry, Les Brown and Good Morning America.


I am proficient in the areas of family systems theories and techniques.  I have received specialized training in hypnotherapy, adults molested as children, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and anger management.  For over five years, I participated in an advanced training group focusing on the theories and treatment of individuals exhibiting behaviors of the Type A personality.  This group was conducted by a faculty member of the Meyer Friedman Institute in San Francisco.  I also received training from the Gottman Institute which focused on couple and family relationships, de-escalating negative interactions and positive couple and parenting interactions.


1978 to Present – Self-employed in Private Practice in Hollywood, Tustin, and/or Norco, CA.  The focus of my practice has been couples therapy, adults molested as children, current and past verbal, physical and sexual abuse and parenting skills. I have also combined the training from the Meyer Friedman Institute and the Gottman Institute to focus on healthy communication and the  de-escalating of anger in the family with both parents and children.

All other positions below were performed in addition to maintaining my clinical private practice.  I received my Masters and began my private practice while working full time for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

1982-1995Clinical Director:  Susan Forward Ph.D. and Associates.  As Clinical Director, I supervised an office with seven therapists and an office manager.  My duties included all personnel and administrative responsibilities, assignment of client to therapist, in-house training, financial administration and clinical supervision.

1981-1994 – Faculty, California Family Studies Center (now Phillip Graduate Institute).  I conducted “growth groups” for students, practicums, workshops and class lectures for this accredited Masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy.

1981-1985 – Oral Examiner, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.  I conducted oral examinations for applicants seeking licensure as marriage and family therapists.

1980-1990 – Reserve, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Administrative Company.  I provided technical and professional expertise to the LA County Sheriff’s Department in the areas of writing, seminars and special projects as well as lend assistance and expertise as therapist to both regular and reserve deputies and their families.

1979-1982 – Joel Fishman, M.A. and Associates, Clinical Director.  I administered a program consisting of six masters level interns in the process of meeting the requirements of  Marriage and Family Therapist licensure.  My duties included community outreach to develop clientele, clinical and administrative supervision of interns and intern recruitment.

1979-1982 – Toni Grant, Ph.D. and Associates.  Provided psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and families, including group therapy to those seeking therapeutic assistance.

1970-1980 – Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County.  Served in three main capacities including custody officer, staff to the Under Sheriff of Los Angeles County and supervisor of the Inmate Rehabilitation Program for the Los Angeles County Jail System.