Are you or your child struggling with a life change or loss? Counseling and psychotherapy can help ease the grief, anxiety, and pain that accompany life transitions such as divorce, abuse, and the death of a loved one. When faced with these difficulties it is often hard to cope, attend to relationships and feel good about yourself. I can help you find your way out of your pain and on your path toward health. In my psychotherapy practice, I integrate practical, cognitive and behavioral strategies with interpersonal approaches to address the unique needs of each individual and family I treat.
The creative arts, sand play and play therapy are additional tools I utilize with children, adolescents and interested adults.
I also have extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a clinically proven method for treating severe emotional dysregulation, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders. I provide Comprehensive DBT: Skills Training, Individual Therapy, and Skills Coaching. See more about my DBT program at Please contact me with your questions.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Tricia J Mlnarik now - (408) 520-0886


  • Years in Practice: 5 Years
  • School: Santa Clara University
  • Year Graduated: 2006
  • License No. and State: MFC 47605 California


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: CAMFT
  • Member Since: 2005
  • License No. and State: LPCC 1417 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Tricia J Mlnarik's Groups

DBT Skills Group for Adolescents

DBT Skills Training in San Jose. Clients learn from skills modules on Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Mindfulness Skills. Skills taught are essential emotional skills for complex disorders, such as PTSD, Depression and BiPolar Disorder. Clients may participate in skills group as part of the Wise Mind DBT Program comprehensive DBT program or as an addition to their individual therapy.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups

DBT Skills Group lead as designed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy founder, Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT Skills Trainers have been intensively trained by Behavioral Tech., LLC, in Seattle, WA. DBT Skills Groups cover four main areas to help clients build a "life worth living": Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness. DBT is scientifically proven to be effective in reducing suicidal and self-harm behaviors, but also addresses many issues, such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, and substance abuse. Groups are primarily psycho-educational, rather than process oriented. An 8-week commitment is required. Please contact me for more information.

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  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Suicidal Ideation


  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Self-Harming
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Play Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 08 May 2015
Tricia J Mlnarik, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose

Tricia J Mlnarik

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT