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A lot of the reviewers here will write bad things because Dr. Mitchell's work usually creates a bias and if you like what she does you would be happy and probably wouldn't say much or if you were on the short end of her work then you'll give her a 1 star.
I'm going to give you the most honest review of her work. I was part of an evaluation which I know was quite one-sided in my favor. My ex was able to actually fool Dr. Mitchell into thinking some of her stories were true. It was a well concerted effort by my ex and when I heard of those stories I just kind of laughed and blew off the whole idea thinking it was too ridiculous to believe. I didn't spend any extra time to disprove them because it was too ludicrous.
When it came time for the court date, the report was well respected and read fully by the judge. Those crazy stories came to light and I had to disprove them at the trial. But they were in the report and assumed to be true. That is my main qualm with her.
What I do praise her for is the comprehensiveness of the work. She was able sort through probably a mess of lies to her credit, only a few made it through. But her work also is to appear unbiased and so she will find some of your weaknesses no matter how trivial. When it comes time to see the judge, depending on the judge, they will also try to be as unbiased as possible. So those trivial little items can remanifest and that can affect your outcome.
Dr. Mitchell did go the extra mile to uncover the truth. She made an extra trip for me to make observations that would affect the outcome of my case. This was huge for me. Because the story being told by my ex was so well orchestrated that I could tell Dr. Mitchell was buying some of it but wanted to know the truth. It was my idea that she make an observation and she did. But it was my idea, don't expect her to just uncover everything. You have to make a concerted effort to put your best foot forward. I believed my case was so black and white that it would all be in my favor but it wasn't quite that way.
My advice to anyone using her services is just that. Prove yourself, she can't do it all for you. Everything she may bring up to you, bring a notepad and make a note and explain everything to her then or later. Don't take anything she says lightly, there's a reason she's asking or mentioning it to you.
I wish I had tried harder and done my best but I was overconfident in my case and thought everything was clearly in my favor. Funny thing was that my testing revealed that I am truly overconfident. Had I have tried harder, my outcome would have been better. But in the end, Dr. Mitchell's work exceeded my expectations. In truth, how can I fault her? She can't be perfect in everything she does but she certainly does try her best. She came on time to testify, she was honest, the judge clearly respected her. I ended up in a much better position with the judge and with regards to custody. Her work will endure for the rest of my trips to the courthouse.
Although I only give her 4 stars, if someone told me she was the best in the business I would not disagree. Remember, when you see her it's incumbent upon you to present yourself well.
I was very doubtful that a 730 evaluation would be a good idea for my children to go through. I felt like they had been through enough with me ex trying to convince them that I was a terrible and no one believing me when I tried to defend myself. Even my children were beginning to doubt me.
First of all, I think Dr. Mitchell was the first person to really listen to what I had to say about my ex and the lies that were always being stated. I was afraid that she was going to be another person who was fooled by my ex's lies. That wasn't the case. My children also liked Dr. Mitchell. They were very comfortable with her and talked to her openly. I thought they were going to be shy, but she helped them to be comfortable even laughing. I think her ability to build a rapport with children is amazing and that she really understands what kids need. Her report reflected this and her recommendations to the court were spot on.
Dr. Mitchell did the evaluation for custody between my ex wife and myself. Our daughter was extremely comfortable with Dr. Mitchell who made this nightmare of a situation as easy as it could be. And if you knew my ex wife, you would not believe that to be possible. I hope to never have to recommend a therapist for another father going through what I did but in case this happen to you you'll be glad you picked Dr. Mitchell.
I am an attorney and Marjorie Mitchell did a fabulous and professional evaluation in a complex family law matter. I would highly recommend her as a custody evaluator. Her analytical skills and professionalism are impeccable, based on my experience.
Thank God for I just finished a lengthy custody battle (it was bloody) with my ex-spouse and couldn't be happier. I use the ex-spouse begrudgingly as I wish there was a better word to convey my contempt for the man but I do recognize I'm the one that chose to marry him at some point or another. We all have our moments.
Dr. Mitchell was recommended by my attorney and by the Judge. My attorney had been doing nothing but impeccable work on my case and I jumped at her recommendation knowing the value of the weight behind it.
I remember walking into Dr. Mitchell's office just months ago and immediately being calmed by Dr. Mitchell's warmth and professional demeanor which is trust me, hard to find in the midst of a tumultuous divorce. My son absolutely loved her and loved the sessions. For him it was more like play time than anything else. I had heard horror story after horror story from other parents about their traumatizing custody evaluations that their children will remember forever and I was scared for my son and the damage my ex-spouse had already caused. Dr. Mitchell's actions and her work did nothing but assure me that not only were my fears unfounded but I my opinions needed to do a 180 turn.
The report was accurate, thorough, and comprehensive and Dr. Mitchell's recommendations were more than I would have dreamed.
A custody evaluation was not cheap but neither were my attorney fees- still paying those off. All I can say is at the end of the day when I'm with my beautiful loving family that this was money WELL spent.
I am a fellow mental health professional and have Dr. Mitchell for over 10 years and I am very familiar with her work as a custody evaluator.My colleagues and I consider her to be extremely thorough and ethical. In short she does outstanding work. I recommend her without any reseverations.
My ex-spouse and I agreed on Marjorie Mitchell to do our custody evaluation after consulting a number of other recommended evaluators. I had heard horror stories about these custody battles and I was not looking forward to placing my children under more scrutiny and emotional strain however Marjorie Mitchell was surprisingly wonderful thorough out the entire process. The sessions were rigorous and useful; and my children loved Dr. Mitchell from the beginning. Her report was incredibly thorough and I believed her recommendations were sound, reasonable, and what my CHILDREN really needed. I was extremely pleased with the whole evaluation and my children and family are doing better than I'd imagined possible. I have and I would recommend her to others needing a custody evaluation.
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