“Allison “Allie” Johnson has 13 years of experience working in a broad array of mental health treatment programs.
She has worked with many populations such as children with behavioral challenges, trauma and abuse survivors, LGBTQ+ community including individuals going through transition, people living with chronic illness (HIV specialized), being a Director of a community mental health agency, training and supervising clinicians, and working with ambitious adults in a boutique private practice setting.
Lic. No. LPC-16161
Allie has experience providing treatment for individuals, couples, and families who have been challenged by acute and complex trauma, life transitions, depression, anxiety, managing chronic illness, relationship distress, and substance abuse. She is a compassionate, client centered therapist who uses warmth, insight, and motivation to help her clients achieve exceptional outcomes.
She utilizes techniques and modalities which best suit her client needs and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and her Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from University of Phoenix.
As a result of her own life experiences, Allie has a passion for providing care to children (and adult children) of parents with mental illness, caregivers of family members with critical/chronic illness, pregnant and lactating women, parents with young children, and first responders and their families. She is a passionate advocate for children’s rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Allie is an Iowa native now living in Phoenix, AZ. She is the mother to two beautiful children and is married to a first responder. She is an avid sports lover, collegiate volleyball player, world traveler, and loves having new cultural experiences.
I look forward to working with you and am honored that you have chosen me to partner with you on your journey of growth and change.”
I received my BA from University of Denver and Masters from Pepperdine.
A consistent focus for both programs in the early 80’s was child mental health; social/ community support and looking at each client through their unique developmental stage of life.
My career led me to inner city challenges with foster youth; incarcerated youth and adults and child welfare and advocacy work in both Ventura and Napa County before relocating to SLO this last year.
I hope to continue to help children/ teens with their struggle toward wholeness; happiness and transition into the world. Struggling with Depression; anxiety and/or loneliness as a young person is often hard to identify and treat but through the last 30 plus years I continue to aspire to do better for those in need.
I also hope to continue helping adults identify their inner struggles and leave the therapy room with a new found peace and joy for life, with a sense of belongingness that we all need.
Anna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 13 years of experience working in the social work field.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Psychology from Concordia College. Upon completion of her B.A., Anna worked primarily with government-funded agencies where she gained extensive knowledge in foster care, adoption, and the family court system.
Lic. No. 92930
Seeing the disparities in the system, Anna was motivated to make more of an impact on the individuals she served. She went on to receive her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California where she received advanced training in mental health.
As a clinician, her professional background includes the oversight of psychiatry services in an inpatient substance abuse setting, as the Program Director for homeless services in Los Angeles, as well as in private practice. She specializes in working with patients with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, and low-income populations.
Anna models meaningful therapeutic relationships in her work, guiding patients to discover their true selves. She utilizes a blend of mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, and solution focused therapy in her work with patients.
AnneMarie Leos-Gomez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Los Angeles, CA. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. Being a therapist is my second professional career and I love it.
Lic. No. LMFT125469
Before graduating with my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2013 from Mount Saint Mary’s University, I worked on the business side of the health care field upon completion of my Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration at the University of Southern California in 1998 and enjoyed that professional experience as well. During that time, I educated physicians and their staffs on how the various hospital departments could benefit their patients. A couple of the hospital systems I have worked for are Tenet Health Systems and Adventist Health Systems where I worked for almost 10 years.
As a therapist, I have been trained and utilize a variety of tools and evidence-based practices which include: M.I., CBT, DBT, ACT, MAP, TF-CBT, TF-CBT for Native Americans, Seeking Safety, Nurturing Parenting, Neurofeedback (EEG), etc. I have the pleasure of currently assisting clients and families from a variety of backgrounds and ages, including Spanish-speaking clients and caregivers. I currently predominantly work with the Native American/Indigenous and Latino communities in Los Angeles County, as well as with the adult male Jewish community in substance abuse recovery on the west side of Los Angeles. I look forward to working with a new population here at Fusion.
Anthony has 5 years experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma and addiction. Anthony is trained in Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) and is a current student of Peter Levine Somatic Experiencing International.
Anthony has a passion and specialty working with the LGBTQI plus community and currently works at the North County LGBTQ Center as a trauma therapist.
Lic. No. LMFT-118444
Anthony received both his B.S. in psychology and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, San Diego.
Anthony was among the first 30 master level students nationwide to be accepted into the Minority Fellowship Program of SAMHSA
Ashley is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who has 3 years of experience with children and adolescents in the school setting.
Her areas of focus are in crisis intervention, self-harm behaviors, anxiety and depressive disorders, behavioral problems, and autism. She also has experience working with adults facing homelessness, severe psychiatric disorders, addiction, depression, and anxiety in the outpatient setting.
Lic. No. AMFT 117354
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California Baptist University as well as her Master’s of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology also from California Baptist University.
Ashley is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law from Alliant University.
Babette believes there are many paths to healing and is trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Seeking Safety for trauma recovery.
Additionally, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Based, Gottman, Systems Theory, and Expressive Arts Therapies as appropriate for individual needs.
Lic. No. LMFT #117026
Babette works diligently to provide a safe, respectful, non-judgmental and collaborative therapeutic environment for clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma history, personality disorders, chronic pain, addiction issues, grief/loss, shame/guilt, relational conflict, LGBTQ, and other life transitional challenges.
Before coming to Fusion Care Group, Babette broadened her experience by working at residential AOD (alcohol and other drug) recovery homes. She has significant experience working with veterans, criminal justice and homeless clients. She also spent a number of years at an outpatient clinic learning to manage symptoms of severe mental health disorders.
Babette received her Master’s Degree from University of Phoenix.
Hello and welcome! Life balance and problem solving take effort and this is a great step in your journey!
My name is Bianca Nelson I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that is licensed in California with 7 years of experience as working as a counselor. I have worked with all ages of clientele and my specialty areas consist of: trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress and adjustment issues.
Lic. No. LCSW – 97607
A majority of my background consists of working with young and older adults. My counseling style is warm and interactive, however, I can be very honest and forth coming as well.
My approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, client centered and psychodynamic counseling. I welcome suggestions and questions throughout the course of treatment as therapy is interactive and I like for the client to be vocal in their treatment.
I do like to assign homework to clients as a way of practicing and enhancing their therapy skills.
Bianca Sales is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker local to San Diego. She has been providing therapy and counseling services since 2008 in the community.
She attained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. She then completed her graduate studies from the USC where she attained a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on mental health.
Lic. No. LCSW29642
Throughout her training and career Bianca has worked in multiple clinical settings with diverse populations including victims of domestic violence, children and adolescents in the foster care system, adolescents in the juvenile court system, adults with severe and persistent mental illness and substance dependency, the LGBTQ community and the HIV/AIDS community.
She is bilingual and bicultural, providing therapy in both English and Spanish. Her approach to psychotherapy is influenced by different theoretical perspectives including relational, psychodynamic and attachment theories.
She also has training in various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and at times integrates those into the psychotherapy process.
Her goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to help her clients access their full potential in order to address life challenges and work towards a more satisfying and fulfilled life.
Candice Hendrickson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with a diverse population of people striving to find balance in their life.
Candice has experience with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, pervasive disorders, past traumas, substance abuse disorders, parenting issues, relational issues, and learning to adjust to the changes in life.
Lic. No. 49672
Candice has a passion for supporting individuals in their journey to overcome challenges they have faced and grow to reach their full potential.
Candice is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believes understanding how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors can help us find balance in our life.
Candice received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Stanislaus and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University.
Hi there! My name is Cassandra Wells, but I go by Cassie. I am a Black therapist with about 10 years of experience working with a wide breadth of clients from various cultural backgrounds and diversities.
My clinical experience began when I started working for smoking cessation helpline that used Motivational Interviewing to engage our clients.
Lic. No. 128174
From my experience, I sought out more training and obtained my master’s in counseling psychology and gained more experience working at a residential program for the severely mentally ill.
After completing my program, I moved back home and started to work for an organization that helped children and families through community-based therapy and gained immense experience working with kids and their families.
As I am completing my doctorate in clinical psychology, I have gained more exposure with children, individuals with severe mental illness, and working within corrections.
My specialties include working with the severely mentally ill, children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, grief work, college counseling, couples, families, and eating disorders.
I primarily work from a Cognitive Behavioral background looking at how your thoughts can influence your feelings and behaviors and developing coping skills to manage thoughts and better regulate feelings. I also use DBT and ACT but always tailor my treatment to meet the needs of my clients. I also
My main goal in therapy is to meet the client where they are at and provide treatment and support based on the goals and needs of the client. I am very energetic, positive, and down to earth while also being mindful to match my client’s energy and personality. I am a strong believer in creating a stable and therapeutic connection with my clients so as to build trust in the therapeutic relationship.
“When your world turns upside down, keep walking as with time your upside-down world will become your new world right side up.” ~Cathy Ramirez
Cathy Ramirez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 3+ years’ experience working with diverse populations of people dealing with Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders in outpatient, residential, and correctional facilities.
Lic. No. LMFT 130850
Cathy has experience with adults who are working through depression, anxiety, pervasive disorders, past traumas, substance abuse disorders, parenting issues, relational issues, and learning to adjust to life’s changes. Cathy also has a passion for providing support to people who may be struggling in their journey and want to add new tools/skills their tool belt.
Cathy’s intention is to create a warm, non-judgmental, and brave space where you are able to talk your challenges and feel and express your emotions. Her foundational approach is Person Centered (Humanistic), which looks to create the ideal therapeutic environment for you to do the work needed to meet their goal(s). She will be with you throughout your journey towards where you want to be.
Cathy’s intention is for her clients to feel seen, heard and accepted without judgement, no matter the experience or emotion. And for client’s to be able to bring their full self into the therapeutic relationship. Some of Cathy’s integrated modalities include CBT, DBT, MI, and Relapse Prevention. Cathy is also fluent in Spanish and offers therapy in Spanish.
Hola, my name is Cathy, I was born in El Salvador and came to San Diego at the age of 7. I consider myself a San Diegan as I’ve lived here for over 33 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree from San Diego Christian College. After graduation, I received my Master’s degree from National University. I am an immigrant who dedicated herself to achieving her educational goals and now career goals; making myself proud and my family proud. Becoming a therapist and being with others along their path towards healing, is my way of giving back to the community that gave me everything.
Trust is one of the most important gifts that one person can give to another. Charles has always held this in high regard.
Since the start of his mental health career staying present, honest, and compassionate with his clients has been the foundation of his practice.
Lic. No. 111585
Charles has had significant experience working with transition age youth, adults, and geriatric populations.
Charles determination to become a well-versed clinician has led him to gain experience in helping clients though transitions in life, crisis, trauma, depression, grief, and anxiety.
Charles understands that each client is unique and therefore treatment must be tailored.
Hello, my name is Christian Urias. I am a Mexican-American Bilingual therapist with 7 years of experience working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
I started my clinical experience working at a day-treatment program where I learned and trained in crisis interventions and worked with adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm issues, autism, grief, anger issues, behavioral problems and self-esteem issues.
Lic. No. LMFT#121650
I then continued to grow my clinical experience in an Outpatient Therapy clinic. I worked with children and families of diverse cultural backgrounds with issues related to trauma history, self-image issues, depression, anxiety, self-harm, domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, financial stress, drug use, etc. I have received training in EMDR, CBT, suicide prevention, anxiety and depressive disorders, TBRI (Trust Based Relational Interventions), Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT.
One of my goals is to create a safe and trusting environment where clients can feel supported and heard. I am committed to helping clients through life’s difficulties, I am committed to helping clients use their personal power in order to achieve their goals and make improvements in their lives.
I was raised in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego in 2007. I’ve really grown to love living in San Diego. I love cycling, basketball, travelling, being in nature and spending time with friends and family. I recently started learning more about cooking and enjoy it a lot.
Hello, my name is Christina (Tina) Imada. I am an Asian American trauma informed therapist with over 3 years of experience working with clients of all ages from diverse cultural backgrounds.
I began my clinical experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and seniors moving through grief and the process of death and dying in a hospice setting.
Lic. No. LPC #11337
I then transitioned into supporting adult males with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma-based disorders in both an individual and group setting.
I have received training in EMDR, DBT, Narrative, and Mindfulness Based treatment as well as education on Dementia and Cognitive Impairment.
I specialize in working with adult and aging clients to support a wide variety of issues related to trauma, performance anxiety, self-image, self-compassion, grief and loss, cognitive impairment, generalized anxiety, depression, and addiction.
My hope is to create a safe and trusting environment where clients can feel comfortable and free of judgement as they move through life’s difficulties
Courtney Leon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing therapy for 14 years. From a young age she always knew she wanted to have a job helping people.
Lic. No. LMFT 48393
Courtney feels that it is a tremendous honor to be a therapist and work with people.
After completing graduate school at the University of San Diego, Courtney began working as a therapist, serving a variety of populations to include children, adolescents, and adults, conducting an immense amount of Family and Couples therapy. Most recently she has spent the last 5 years working with the Military and their family members aboard Camp Pendleton.
Courtney believes as we go through life, it can become so complicated and challenging. During the hard seasons of life, we often need help working on ourselves to feel happy again. Whether it is due to relationship distress, a mood or anxiety disorder, or life feeling overwhelming and feeling stuck, we all need help finding the tools to heal and change our lives.
Courtney will work with you to find your underlying pain and needs, discover ways to cope, manage and thrive through them. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques, to include CBT, Gottman Relationship Tools, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Model. Through this hopefully you will find the life you want for yourself. While the work may not feel easy, it will open the door to changes for your life.
Courtney is a native San Diegan and started her professional journey in education supporting San Diego youth and families with academic achievement, behavior modification, community outreach and family support.
Recently she worked with transitional age youth, diagnosed with mental health disorders, identify and achieve academic and occupational goals.
Lic. No. 121094
After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, she gained clinical experience working with transitional age youth, adults, couples and families at outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities.
Courtney became a Marriage and Family Therapist after her own therapy experience changed the way she viewed herself and the world. As a therapist, she believes in the therapeutic process and that all people have the potential to create a life worth living. This journey is a marathon.
At some point, we’re all working on something. It’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to be human. Courtney works with clients to develop individualized goals and align therapeutic work to client’s strengths.
Courtney has experience working with trauma, substance use, grief and loss, life adjustments, common mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD, and relational distress within intimate relationships, parent-child relationships and family systems.
Courtney is an avid Brene Brown fan and enjoys traveling, unique food, authentic healthy relationships and reruns of The Office.
Bilingual therapist with 10 years of experience working with local social services agencies providing individual, family, and group counseling to a culturally diverse population of clients and families.
Worked closely with domestic abuse survivors, school-aged children, and teenagers who experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders.
Lic. No. LMFT#119198
Received Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from SDSU and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from National University.
Before obtaining licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist Earned clinical hours at a shelter for immigrant minors, and with local High School and Middle schools providing School-Based therapy.
On a personal note, as an immigrant from Mexico, I have overcome language, financial, and cultural challenges, which I couldn’t have overcome without support from family and my community overall.
I’m overjoyed to serve my community in strengthening individuals’ mental health to reach their potential.
I have experience working with adults who struggle with anxiety, grief, stress, adoption, coping skills, relationship issues, self-esteem, parenting, life transitions.
I use a strengths based approach, motivational interviewing and techniques from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Lic. No. 81623
My goal is to help you grow and move forward with where you want to be in life.
Hello, my name is Doris and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist native to San Diego. I received my B.S in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
I come from a background in community mental health working with children, teens, adults and their families in LA county.
Lic. No. 130769
I have training in evidenced practices including: Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
My background and training have been helpful in treating individuals experiencing a wide range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, grief and life transitions.
I also incorporate humanistic approaches into my therapeutic work as I believe that taking a nonjudgmental stance and helping individuals focus on their strengths can help in leading fuller and more meaningful lives.
Dr. McKinlay has over 20 years of experience in private practice working with a wide variety of people and issues.
She has helped adults, adolescents, couples and families who are stressed, depressed, anxious and ready to find new ways of dealing with acute or ongoing concerns or issues.
Lic. No. PSY7379
Dr. McKinlay has worked with school districts, psychiatric clinics and hospitals to develop programs that best serve populations with a variety of difficulties coping with every day stressors.
Dr. McKinlay received her B.A from San Diego State University and her M.A and Ph.D from Alliant International University.
Although a native San Diegan, Dr. McKinlay spent the last few years in the Northeast where she was able to hone many of her skills including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Response) for trauma management and a wide variety of special education skills.
Dr. McKinlay has experience with active military, retired military and family members of military individuals.
She has found her skills with EMDR invaluable for helping military members with trauma, nightmares, sleep disorders and other highly emotional issues. She is particularly interested in working with service members as one of her own family is currently on active duty with the US Navy.
Dr. McKinlay works with her clients to formulate a mutually agreed upon solution based, goal oriented treatment plan. She uses a Cognitive behavioral approach which combines past experiences with growth in the present. She knows that every client is a product of their past and present which promotes growth toward a healthy future.
Dr. Jacob Spencer is a licensed clinical psychologist who assists patients suffering with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, addictions, and other issues.
His work experience is diverse, from assisting troubled youth in elementary and high schools, treating at-risk populations of all ages in community mental health clinics, to leading a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nursing staff at an inpatient crisis treatment facility in a maximum-security prison.
Lic. No. PSY27901
Dr. Spencer practices an integrative approach to treatment that combines elements of humanistic, relational, depth, solution-focused, narrative, cognitive, and psychodynamic perspectives in the best manner for each unique patient.
He believes strongly that therapy is a collaborative process to empower patients and he recognizes that seeking help is a critical and optimistic first step in the healing process.
Dr. Becerra uses strength-based approaches to empower, educate and provide positive unconditional support to touch the lives of those who need healing and support. Her approach is compassionate and encouraging to find purpose, meaning and growth through experiences.
Dr. Becerra provides an integrative style with a broad range of skills for families, couples, children, teens and adults.
Lic. No. Ph.D.- Licensed Psychological Assistant PSB94024849
She utilizes a multicultural perspective and incorporates multiple aspects of a systematic approach such as, school, peer relations, community, culture and religious affiliations, which may impact functioning.
Dr. Becerra received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and obtained her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at an intensive outpatient facility for substance use disorders in Los Angeles and completed her post-doctoral hours in private practice treating adolescents, couples and families. For her Ph.D., Dr. Becerra’s research focused on acculturation, mental health symptoms, risk recognition and danger assessment factors in intimate partner violence survivors.
Before relocating to Los Angeles, Dr. Becerra’s professional background focused primarily on providing therapeutic services to child and adult survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) in San Diego. She chaired an advocacy group for women survivors and provided services to case managers, at risk youth and a variety of prevention agencies within the community. She has been featured in educational documentary tools for prosecutors, judges and forensic staff in the field of violence and has worked with child survivors of abuse in camp settings providing hope and healing. Dr. Becerra has been honored as a guest and keynote speaker at various international conferences, media, television appearances and educational events related to IPV and has taught classes and seminars at several universities on overcoming trauma.
Dr. Becerra understands the courage and strength it takes to thrive despite difficult circumstances and believes in the power of resilience, perseverance and tenacity to overcome obstacles. Dr. Becerra is honored to help you along your journey.
Life is a hero’s or heroine’s journey though many paths which sometimes have obstacles to overcome. Generally we want to feel loved and be loved while sharing our talents and gifts in the world to fulfill an important destiny.
Sometimes we forget the greatness of who we are while navigating this sometimes difficult journey.
Lic. No. 23759
Telling our story to a caring supportive person is an important part of our healing journey. A warm smile and a tender heart with knowledge and wisdom is what we all need.
To speak our truth and be heard while getting reasonable feedback, support and sometimes new skills is what is needed often times. Dr. Bazinet offers a kind heart and a quick mind to offer support and helpful skills to get where you want to go in life.
Her joy and passion is to help folks lead happy healthy lives and working with their adversities to grow and transform these to make the future greater than the past.
Dr. Bazinet has had a successful small practice for nearly 25 years, and has about 50,000 hours of clinical experience.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~Carl Rogers
Dr. Suzanne Mihlon is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She was drawn to the study of psychology when she was first introduced to Humanistic Psychology in high school.
Lic. No. PSY30422
She draws on the foundational theories of humanism such as empathy, unconditional positive regard, and authenticity as well as existential psychology, believing that people’s lives have purpose, value, and meaning.
This theoretical foundation, combined with her work experiences, education, and clinical training, have led to a collaborative approach to treatment with her clients, and the incorporation of other therapeutic approaches and theories such process-experiential, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, neurobiology and somatic theories as well as mindfulness and yoga.
Dr. Mihlon has particular interest in treating grief and loss and helping women of all ages to find their life purpose and reach their highest potential.
As Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California, Erika serves her clients by providing strengths-based, person-centered, spirituality and trauma informed services.
It is Erika’s goal to help clients build insight into their own symptoms and develop the tools needed to help them move towards a more positive and functional way of thinking about themselves and the world that surrounds them.
Lic. No. 90753
Erika’s experience has shown her that at the core of many (though not all) client mental health struggles is the desire to belong (to oneself and to a larger purpose) and find meaning in life, and to live out that sense of belonging and meaning without self-doubt. Erika approaches each client with the perspective that each person is worthy and filled with dignity. Erika aims to work collaboratively with clients–who are the experts of their own stories–to help them realize their own self-worth and dignity from themselves.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Erika moved to Los Angeles to attend her undergraduate college, Loyola Marymount University, and later moved to Boston, MA, where she attended Boston College and earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Theology and Ministry (MATM). In attaining a dual-Masters degree, Erika provides spirituality-competent care when spirituality, faith, and/or religion are important to her client’s self-identity, understanding the two often impact one another.
Erika most often utilizes the following treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, family systems, and Strengths-Based Services. Her experiences comes from a variety of settings, including working as a Psychotherapist for Outpatient therapy clinics, a Case Manager in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and most recently as the Program/Clinical Director of a crisis-centered, residential treatment facility. Through her experience, Erika has worked with an array of mental health populations and diagnostic backgrounds ranging from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, to psychotic and personality disorders. Erika specializes in providing adult, family, and group therapy, though has worked with a variety of ages and utilizes Evidence-Based Practices that are appropriate for each client. In the coming year, Erika is seeking additional training in providing support to Perinatal Mood Disorders (prenatal and postpartum individuals/families), and has sought training to support individuals with burnout and transition concerns that are arising with COVID-19 impacts.
“I believe everyone needs someone to talk to once in a while, and there doesn’t need to be anything ‘wrong’ with you to need that.”
Fawn (she/her) has been working in the helping professions for over two decades. She began her career after obtaining a B.A. in Business Administration, and emphasis on Human Resources before shifting her focus to obtain a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
Lic. No. LMFT116646 and LPC9391
Fawn has been providing formal psychotherapy services since 2016. She has a broad range of experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings including residential, IOP/PHP, and outpatient.
Fawn is an experienced telehealth provider. Her experience includes helping people dealing with everything from schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance use, and trauma to stress, depression, anxiety, family and career counseling.
Fawn provides individual, couples/family, and group counseling services, currently only facilitating telehealth services. Fawn is a harm reductionist, LGBTQIA+ ally, HAES, sex positive and experienced working with non-monogamous relationships.
Primary interventions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.
In addition to her psycho-therapy practice, Fawn provides mental health services at music festivals and is experienced working with law enforcement and first responders.
Gina Drew has been providing individual and group counseling services to children, adolescents, families, and adults for over 25 years.
She has worked with diverse populations in the field of education/special education, correctional settings and within the social service sector.
Lic. No. LPC10989
Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from National Louis University.
Her expertise includes adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, emotional/behavioral challenges, grief and loss and interpersonal conflict.
Gina has personal experience with grief and loss and recognizes the complexities of single parenting. Gina integrates individual goals and philosophies into her treatment approach in order to achieve positive results in collaboration with her clients. She has the unique ability to find balance and gain perspective in challenging situations. By providing a safe space, Gina will focus on her client’s strengths and their ability to grow and create their own desired outcomes.
Gina’s professional and personal philosophy is that at any given moment you have the power to say, “This is not how my story is going to end”.
Salutations! My name is Ginger Moyer. I have been practicing for over 10 years with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
My clinical training includes a wide variety of treatment settings and populations which includes but is not limited to, working with at risk youth who were in foster homes and group homes for pregnant teens and teen moms; working in a crisis stabilization unit helping individuals having self-harm, suicidal ideations, and psychotic breaks to get stabilized and return to daily living; a residential treatment center designed for individuals between the ages of 18-24 with a dual diagnosis; and working with boys who had suffered severe trauma resulting in behavioral issues.
Lic. No. LMFT130987
I continued to grow in my clinical experience by working with high acuity families and adolescents who were diagnosed with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, trauma history, autism, grief, anger issues, behavioral issues, LGBTQ, and substance abuse.
In addition to being a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, I am a Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have also received training in TF-CBT, suicide and self-harm prevention, anxiety and depression disorders, LGBTQ, and motivational interviewing. Although I have been trained in many modalities, I tailor my treatment to each client which may mean pulling from different modalities to have a successful outcome as a client/therapist team.
I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. I aim to create a safe and trusting environment in order to engage clients and help them to feel supported and heard. I am committed to helping my clients find their inner power in order to accomplish their goals and make improvements in their lives. My work as a therapist comes from my heart as I truly love what I do. I meditate daily, love to take beach trips, do yoga, and spend time with my family. I have personal experience with loved ones who have autism and also self-harm behaviors.
Hannah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who is new to the San Diego Area. She moved from the Bay Area and Central Valley and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages in a variety of settings.
Hannah specializes in working with individuals who have physical and/or mental disabilities, co-occurring conditions, and extensive/complicated trauma histories.
Lic. No. LPCC7673
Hannah is passionate about multicultural practices in counseling and is very experienced in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, both from California State University of Fresno.
Before obtaining her license as a Professional Clinical Counselor, Hannah worked in underserved communities in roles such as counselor, advocate, and responder/crisis de-escalator.
Seeing and hearing trauma has fueled her work as she makes it her priority to be present for those who need space, safety and support. She trusts in the potential of all human beings to promote their own healing with the appropriate tools and support and she feels personally honored when people allow her to be part of their courageous journey in healing.
Ime Davis has over eight years of mentoring, mediation, and counseling experience supporting children and families within the academic and social work sectors.
Ime has worked with clients diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, and depression.
Throughout her career she has provided a range of therapies, including sandtray and cognitive behavioral therapy to those experiencing substance abuse, behavioral challenges, and domestic violence.
Lic. No. 117473
She has honed her skills reviewing psychological evaluations, court and medical reports, as well as assessing the strengths and needs of clients.
As an advocate for children’s health and wellness, she is committed to supporting youth, resolving family conflicts, and promoting healthy interactions.
Ime received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from CSU Dominguez Hills and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Northridge.
Passionate about working with youth, especially marginalized youth, and their families, Ime provides clients with an outlet, as well as resources to thrive and become productive adults.
At the age of fourteen, Ime lost her mother in a tragic car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and PCP. Having a strong support system allowed her to persevere through this tragedy.
Ime’s childhood experience has shaped her outlook on the importance of taking a holistic approach to address substance abuse, mental health, and life issues in order to acquire healthy coping mechanisms.
She encourages all to find a healthy balance between mind and body by using simple steps and strategies to improve the way we think, look and feel about self. Ime is a believer in encouraging women who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while having responsibilities such as, but not limited to: work, school, families, and relationships.
Jennifer Damon is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with over three years of experience working in the mental health field. She uses a compassionate trauma-informed focus in sessions.
Jennifer works to establish a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach when working with individuals on issues of anxiety, depression, addiction issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, and other life challenges.
Lic. No. APCC11694
She is driven by her passion for mental health and helping adults on their journey of healing.
Jennifer is trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and Seeking Safety for trauma recovery.
In addition, she utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Strength Based approaches depending on the individual’s needs.
After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Western Kentucky University, Jennifer pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and graduated in 2019.
She has worked in detox, residential, and outpatient facilities that have grown her therapeutic skill set in providing group and individual services.
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over six years of clinical experience.
She has experience facilitating groups and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a variety of issues including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, addiction, homelessness, and more.
Lic. No. 280225
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University Fullerton, Jennifer decided to pursue a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Throughout her graduate studies, Jennifer was an active member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Jennifer believes that every person deserves supportive, compassionate care and that each person’s emotional experience is unique. As such, she is dedicated to providing personalized treatment based on each individual’s needs.
Jennifer utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, experiential, and systems approaches.
Jennifer Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, practicing in Arizona since 2003. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families facing challenging life situations. She works collaboratively with clients to gain control over issues that can feel overwhelming – including anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, self-esteem, career stress, intimate and social relationships, LGBTQ+, ADHD, and life transitions.
Lic. No. LPC-13851
Jennifer provides an integrated approach to mental health, drawing upon various evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Care to help empower her clients to be who they want and have what they want.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in therapy and social work.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent development from University of California State, Fullerton and her Masters’ degree from USC focused on children and families with a sub-concentration on military families.
Lic. No. LCSW 94580
She spent many years working with foster youth, homeless population and end of life. Jennifer enjoys working with a wide variety of people, backgrounds, needs, and strengths.
Jeremy Vargas has 6 years of clinical experience of serving a blended population of teens and families coping with grief, loss and transition and couples struggling with marital discord.
His early clinical work took place in a community based counseling center to the local population of Pleasant Hill California.
Lic. No. LMFT116863
There he gained experience with victims of domestic violence, severe anxiety, depression resulting from the loss of loved ones, and attachment disorders.
He has since received training in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with individuals and families of those afflicted with severe psychiatric disorders.
He received his B.A in Psychology from the University of California Riverside, and his M.A in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
Jeremy’s approach to working with any unit of treatment is that the therapist must meet the client where they are at, and allow them time and space to acclimate to treatment while acting as a guide, mentor and facilitator of treatment.
His strong leadership and humanistic approach puts his clients at ease so they can explore problem areas and set attainable goals. He believes in establishing a clear objective for treatment that supports the client in overcoming personal barriers and steady symptom reduction. He takes a solution focused model that challenges each client’s fundamental premise for why their problems occur.
As a testament to his commitment in building a stronger community, Jeremy has worked diligently as a martial arts coach for the past 3 years utilizing his knowledge of the arts to help others reach their potential through rigorous training and self-exploration.
Jessica started her career in psychology by being part of the Counseling and Psychological Services at San Diego State University (SDSU) as an undergraduate student; assisting in co-facilitating small groups for students in academic probation.
In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts from SDSU with a major in Psychology. She began her professional career as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in San Diego, CA, working with children, adolescents and their families.
Lic. No. 119442
She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Couples and Family Counseling from Alliant International University with an emphasis in Latin American Family therapy.
Furthermore, Jessica has experience working with individual/families dealing with anxiety, relational issues, women’s health, Latinx, minorities, life transitions, trauma, survivors of crimes and has 2+ years of experience working with children/adolescents in the Autism spectrum.
As a Licensed MFT, Jessica takes a systemic approach to treatment, which she tailors to the specific needs of the individual/family.
Moreover, as a daughter of immigrants, Jessica is mindful of her social location and its impact on her clients. As a therapist she aims to create a space of safety and comfort for her clients. Jessica believes that the client is the expert in their life, and that her role is to provide non-judgmental insight to handling difficult situations.
Jim Foley has been working in the field of human services for over 40 years. Areas of focus included: juvenile delinquency, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, foster care, trauma recovery and administering numerous county wide health and human services programs.
Jim received his bachelor of arts degree in Psychology.
Lic. No. 23385
After moving to California he received his (LCSW) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with children and adults in California.
He retired from an administrative job in September 2020 and returned to his love of helping people through a clinical role.
Jodi Patton has many years of experience supporting people from various walks of life in obtaining their personal goals.
Jodi wholeheartedly believes that each person has the ability to heal and change when given the skills, space, and hope to become the best version of themselves they can be.
Lic. No. LPC-20314
Jodi believes each person’s journey is unique and partners with individuals to find the best approach to their healing.
For many years, Jodi worked within a psychiatric hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services to people with a variety of behavioral health challenges.
Jodi is proficient working with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, minor substance abuse, and disordered eating. Jodi’s approach to therapy is trauma-informed care using techniques and concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Jodi recognizes the benefits of mindfulness and somatic techniques during the healing process and enjoys helping people expand their knowledge in these areas.
One of Jodi’s passions is using her skills as a therapist to support women experiencing extremely difficult pregnancies following her own pregnancy filled with complications and trauma.
Jodi became a single mother shortly after the birth of her first child and understands the unique challenges that come from being a single parent.
Jodi received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. She completed a Master of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix.
My name is Joe and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.
I have enjoyed helping people with experiences of depression, anxiousness, feelings of instability, overwhelming thoughts, impulsive behaviors, anger, and men’s issues, just to name a few.
I have always been curious about the mind and how it works.
Lic. No. 9438
In my early 20’s I found myself unsure about myself and my life and got to work studying, informally, on how to change my thinking, in order to change my life. Since then, I have graduated with my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2013.
I have learned to use CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Centered counseling tools to help people improve their lives. Through the valuable insights I have gained from all my previous and precious clients, and through my own personal struggles, I have learned to help guide people down their own path through life.
Josie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years in both social service and private sector assisting families and individuals.
Josie has worked with a vast range of individuals from minors and their families in the foster care system to individuals using Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
Lic. No. LMFT115218
Josie earned her Associates Degree in Administration of Justice w/ Specialization in Law Enforcement, at Miramar college and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from San Diego Christian College. (formerly known as Christian Heritage).
Josie then earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Southern California Seminary.
Have you ever found yourself wondering what it feels like to be content? Are you seeking more from life? Are there worries about your family members that you feel exhausted in helping them overcome? Maybe there’s something else motivating your search for support.
My name is Kathy Esarey. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor. Listening and using empathy have always come naturally for me.
Lic. No. LPC19882
I’ve used these gifts to help many people in my 15 plus years of clinical experience. Sometimes an open mind and heart are all that’s necessary for change. But it sure helps to have some education and experience with specific interventions. The techniques I most often use include EMDR, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, and solution focused therapy. But I always cater to what fits and flows for each person. I have experience helping children (mostly ages 11 and up) adults and families work towards goals for mood regulation, happiness, contentment, stress management, behavioral changes, healthy communication, academic success, occupational success, sports/athletic enhancement, relationships and more.
I moved from Colorado in 2020 with my husband-Brandon, son-Brody (he’s six), and dog- September. I played volleyball in college-went to school in Florida. We moved here to be closer to Brandon’s family. Most of my family is in Texas and Colorado. We enjoy camping, playing in the dirt with all kinds of motorized toys but also with our hands-attempting a garden and building tracks for smaller toys like rc cars and string pulled trucks. We stay active and really do love being outside!
Kenia Valdovinos is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with adults and children.
Her experience ranges from working with underserved communities to working in a governmental capacity with children and adults.
Lic. No. LCSW 100986
Kenia’s training in intersectional, trauma-informed care has helped her apply therapeutic interventions that meet the client’s unique needs.
Kenia is client-focused and believe the first step to achieving your goal is engagement. I start by establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship.
I have been practicing for over 5 years now. I am trained in Trauma- Focused CBT, Cultural Sensitivity and Humility in Clinical settings, Person-Center approaches, amongst many more.
My specialties are in treating anxiety disorders, depression, working with individuals who are intersted in personal growth and self-esteem, and trauma disorders. I treat ages 12 and older via Telehealth at the moment.
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up”- Brene Brown
Life is difficult, messy and very beautiful. In times like today sometimes it’s hard to sort through the mess, manage the difficult and find or appreciate the beautiful times in our life.
Lic. No. 19628
My desire is to help you find your potential and sorting through the messy and uncomfortable times. My name is Kristen Hounsom and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I have over a decade experience in the mental health field. In counseling I have been a licensed therapist since 2015. I have provided counseling and therapy services to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
I have worked with depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, military and first responders, grief, care taker burn out, neurocognitive disorders, infertility issues, pre/ postpartum, family stress, work stress, and marital stressors, plus many more.
I utilize Cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT skills, ACT Skills, and person center approach to help change one’s perspective, challenge irrational thoughts and behaviors, and develop healthier you.
I am passionate about working with you in finding and developing a plan to utilize healthy skills to help manage difficult thoughts, behaviors and live a healthier lifestyle.
My goal is to work with you in processing through the good and hard times in life and learn to heal and grow.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and My Masters of Professional Counseling Degree from Ottawa University. Born and raised in Arizona and has been working in the mental health field for over a decade.
I have been licensed since 2015. Worked with SMI population, General mental health, first responders, military, families, adults of all ages, children, addictions, and relationships and more.
I have run Intensive outpatient programs/ Partial Hospital Program groups, inpatient groups and therapy, outpatient therapy, family sessions, support groups and individual settings.
Lisa began her experience getting her BA degree in psychology at CSU, while working with abused and neglected children at Childhelp USA.
After receiving her Masters degree, Lisa went on to work mostly with teens and families where she learned Evidence Based Practices for helping clients with PTSD.
Lic. No. LMFT#46743
Lisa finally went on to work with adults doing group therapy at a Partial Hospitalization Program in Long Beach and online therapy in West Hollywood.
Lisa has honed her skills using DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness techniques to address Depression, Anxiety, and other mood/thought disorders in her clients. Lisa practices non judgement and cooperation allowing clients to feel comfortable. She has experience working with LGBTQ issues.
I am Maila E. Wilson, an LMFT With a master’s in clinical counseling psychology.
I have been practicing psychotherapy in the state of California for about 10 years. I have had experience treating a wide variety of individuals, couples, families and children in many diverse communities.
Lic. No. 131455
I have worked in detox, residential and intensive outpatient facilities where I have been given the opportunity to maximize and grow my therapeutic skill set.
I am trained in crisis intervention, depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm issues, autism, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, personality disorders, grief, anger issues, behavioral problems, self-esteem issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
My primary theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have a passion and dedication that drives me to help make a difference. Working as part of the care team at Fusion I am involved in furthering the mental health of the community through facilitating the necessary dialogues to improve mental health care with empathy and healing heart for all.
I am always open, available, and non-judgmental where I strive to create a therapeutic space that feels the safest and most secure for healing. It is within this space where trust is gained and always nurtured.
I work with clients to create a treatment plan that is comfortable and motivating for success towards healing. One of the main goals
I hope to establish within the therapeutic relationship is to meet the client where they are and collaboratively work towards the best quality of life that everyone wants and deserves. In my experience I have come to realize both personally and professionally, therapy is not always easy. However, with hard work, and dedication, it is without a doubt very worth it!
Hello, my name is Marisa Gonzales. I am a Licensed Professional counselor. I have 15 years of clinical care experience. I have experience providing mental health counseling to individual across the lifespan with a variety of presenting concerns.
I have interests in working with adults dealing with general health concerns, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety.
Lic. No. 15736
I specialize in gerontological issues and grief work addressing challenges related to aging and the families affected. I am passionate about helping people discover their sense of purpose in life and regain control over their emotions.
I enjoy utilizing Cognitive Behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and mindfulness to help clients gain control over their lives and emotions to improve relationships, low self-worth, and quality of life in general.
I have experience working inpatient and outpatient with children and families from diverse backgrounds and issues. My training is started out with a BA from Arizona State University in Psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from Ottawa University.
I am a native to Arizona. I enjoy hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with my kids and family.
Mark B. Gallo, LMFT, began pursuit of a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the age of 49. His life and prior work significantly inform his approach to psychotherapy.
Mark’s proclivity is psychodynamic, exploring root causes, tempered by an integrative client-centered approach with cognitive-behavioral applications.
Lic. No. MFC97597
Mark was raised in a small steel mill town in Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in the nascent field of Psycholinguistics.
Upon graduation he moved to West Hollywood and became an activist at the inception of the ‘first gay city’ in the US. Managing the largest nightclub on the west coast wielded him a strategic position to erode a system that prohibited women not only from employment but also as guests.
He hired its first female and disabled staff without regard to race, sexuality, or gender identity. He went on to create inclusive venues in Beverly Hills and the Arts District of Los Angeles.
His therapeutic training began at an in-patient facility for the Mentally Diseased (IMD) with clients including veterans struggling with psychosis, dual diagnosis and PTSD. His experience includes being a Primary Therapist as well as a Group Therapist in residential and inpatient rehab settings.
I offer a gentle, accepting environment to assist you or your family navigate issues related to addiction, relationships, life transitions, parenting, or journeying through adolescence, especially while dealing with substance use issues.
I will work collaboratively with you to find ways to address all challenges related to living life on life’s terms particularly when dealing with alcohol and drug use, my chosen area of specialization.
Lic. No. LMFT #131272, SUDCC #11510
Together we will come to understand your strengths, develop your ability to access those strengths and gain skills to live a life worth living, to find meaning in your existence. You are the expert on your own life, and my job is to listen for understanding. There are many paths toward overall wellbeing; you and I will work to find what path may be best for you.
I have a MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor. Additionally, I have two master’s degrees in education, and I am a certified educator with decades of experience teaching all ages from preschool to graduate school.
I started my career as an accountant and businessperson before I became a teacher, a teacher and parent educator, a school principal and ultimately a psychotherapist. As a therapist, I have worked with parents, teachers, and business leaders to address the day-to-day stressors of their work and their lives.
I have traveled and done educational presentations throughout the United States as well as in Australia and China. I have lived in nine different states, been married for 36 years and have raised three children. I love spending time with family, being in nature, scuba diving and all animals; I especially love spending time with my two rescue dogs, Bear and Freya, and two semi-feral rescued cats, Bender and Fry. My pronouns are he/him/his.
I have always had a desire to see how people can change their lives and make themselves the happiest they can be. I have a passion for looking for those areas and unique moments where I can help them shift perspective and actions.
I believe that people are amazing and working in this field has given me the opportunity to be a part of peoples’ lives.
Lic. No. 124001
Prior to obtaining my licensure as a Marriage and Family therapist, I earned my clinical hours through an Agency focused on children’s safety.
I have over ten years of experience in working with children, parents, and family units who are enduring behavioral issues along with trauma. I am compassionate when working with children and families. Excited to join the team!
Nadine has more than 25 years of experience working with children of all ages, especially adolescence and their families.
Although she was licensed in 2007, her road to becoming licensed was a long one. Born and raised in Iran, she completed her high school in England and came to America when she was 16.
Lic. No. LMFT #44322
Having lived in three different countries, Nadine believes that culture is a very important part of everyone’s journey. She loves to continually expand her knowledge of different cultures and always seeks to be educated by others about their culture.
Nadine has worked in a domestic violence shelter and treated victims and their families. She also worked with adolescence in schools, foster homes and group homes before settling on outpatient. She ran many different groups for teens and enjoyed teaching them independent living skills and worked tirelessly with their parents to help them communicate better with their child.
Nadine received her M.A Degree from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor Degree from Loyola Marymount in Communication Arts. She has experience treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, transitional stress, and truly enjoys going through her client’s journey with them. Her methods are short term solution focus therapy where the client returns to their normal level of functioning as soon as possible.
Nancy Longtin has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in 1999 then moved to Arizona where she has resided since.
Most of her career has been working for Maricopa County Jails. She supervised the inpatient psychiatric unit at Lower Buckeye Jail for 10 years where she developed skills to effectively help individuals who were in crisis, suicidal or had serious mental illness.
Lic. No. LCSW 11580
The second half of her time working for the county was spent supervising the in-house substance abuse program as well as developing a re-entry program that helped people leaving jail re-enter society with tools for success.
Since retiring from the County, Nancy has enjoyed providing counseling to individuals struggling with various life stresses such as low-self-esteem, transitional stress, anxiety, depression and a general feeling of being over-whelmed with the pressures of life.
Nancy believes in the words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” She uses this principle to help her clients gain confidence and to take responsibility for creating the life they desire and deserve.
Nancy employs client centered therapy along with rational emotive and cognitive behavioral therapies to offer tools to her clients to reshape their perceptions and create happiness and peace in their lives.
Nancy is engaging, using humor, compassion and empathy with her clients to help them discover their inner strength and personal worth.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work in Arizona with over 18 years of experience working as a mental health therapist in multiple settings such as community mental health, crisis, acute hospitals, and private practice.
My specialty areas include children, families and couples counseling which includes: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting concerns, career challenges, ADHD , grief/bereavement, and life challenges.
Lic. No. LCSW12284
I believe that the therapist and individual take the journey together in order to achieve a successful outcome.
My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and motivational interviewing. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Dr. Natasha has been working in the field of psychology since 2010, specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, as well as individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety and/or interpersonal issues.
Natasha’s focus is on providing support to individuals to create healthy and new narratives for their future while achieving success in their emotional life.
Lic. No. PSY 28495
She knows how important it is to take time to get to know each individual who walks through her office door, to tailor treatment based on specific needs, and to provide tangible support to help individuals work through past struggles while building a positive perspective.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to new countries to learn about different cultures, participating in an adult tap dancing class, and has recently become interested in cooking.
She received her Bachelor of Art’s degree at California State University of Long Beach, her Master of Arts in Psychology at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and completed her Doctorate at Alliant International University in San Francisco.
For her dissertation, Dr. Natasha created a children’s book to help decrease anxiety by utilizing mindfulness activities for children struggling with an upcoming treatment for cancer.
Habari (Hello), my name is Ojore Lateef Bushfan. I am a cis heterosexual male of Afrikan descent. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 9 years of experience providing therapy within community-based, educational, and group practice settings.
My journey towards becoming a therapist began while working within local school districts where I learned how to support students dealing with social-emotional challenges that impacted their ability to learn and create healthy relationships.
Lic. No. 115199
My clinical experiences grew as I worked within a community clinic, community college, and university setting.
Throughout my work as a therapist, I’ve had the honor of working with individuals, families, and groups of diverse backgrounds and identities, who have dealt with emotion regulation, relationship issues, family of origin issues, adjustment challenges, depression, anxiety, attachment injuries, trauma and PTSD, loss and grief, self-esteem and body image issues, self-harm, suicide prevention, stress management, time management, and identity development/issues.
I am passionate about providing mental health services that address the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, cultural identities and mental health, in a way that is culturally responsive.
My therapeutic approach includes an integration of: Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Body-Centered/Somatic Psychotherapy, and Trauma informed interventions.
My goal is to create and co-create a space that helps people feel safe enough to be brave enough to work towards solutions to what they want to be different in their lives.
I am a native of San Diego. I was raised in Southeast San Diego and have grown to love the climate in San Diego. Outside of being a therapist, I enjoy spending time in nature and grounding as often as I can, cooking my favorite dishes or trying out new recipes, trying to improve my bowling average to 300, painting, black and white film photography, reading books for pleasure and personal/career development, spending time with family, and traveling outside of California when possible.
I am also a certified practitioner of sound healing and am part of a collective that consists of sound healing and energy work. We provide monthly sound healing sessions in the San Diego area.
Olivia is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 124595) and supervised by Dr. Christiana Silva, Licensed Psychologist (PSY21878). She is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for her clients.
She believes that creating a collaborative experience with her clients helps to provide guidance while also promoting client growth. She works with children, teens, adults, and families.
Lic. No. AMFT-124595
She has experience working with anxiety, depression, at-risk youth, self-harming behavior, ADD/ADHD, autism, self-esteem/selfconfidence, stress management, and parent training.
She provides Behavioral and CognitiveBehavioral therapy (CBT) and often uses mindfulness strategies for clients to use as a coping strategy and mood regulating tool that can be used in and out of the office.
Olivia also provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is online Certified in both TF-CBT and PCIT.
Olivia has a strong background as a Board-Certified Autism Technician for the past 4 years. She provided Applied Behavioral Analysis to children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old.
Olivia has experience with working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and emotional disturbances.
California State University, Northridge
M.S. – Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Southern California
B.A. – Psychology
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Richard Cabada has over 14 years experience helping clients overcome mild to acute/chronic mental health disorders from almost all DSM facets.
He has worked with children, couples, and families from many backgrounds via phone, text, and face to face.
Lic. No. 28359
He is well versed in outpatient, inpatient, field, and crisis as well as acute psychiatric, child protective, veteran, government, school, hospital, victims of crime, corporate and private practice settings.
He is an avid traveler having visited over 70 countries and has worked with clients from various U.S. States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Lebanon and New Zealand.
He received his B.A. from Colorado College in 2005 and M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 2008.
Rich is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor practicing in Arizona. He takes a compassionate approach using psychoeducation, skills development, and emotion-cognitive techniques to guide people through life’s challenges.
He understands that people may want to know how to lead a fuller, richer life, and not just change an aspect of their life.
Lic. No. 20151
He serves to help people develop self-awareness, establish meaningful relationships with others, and create meaning and goals. He has been in the field of mental health for a decade and his therapeutic experiences come from working in university counseling centers, community outpatient agencies, and residential facilities.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years, Rosella provides therapy services to children, adults, families, and couples who are struggling with a conflict, life decision, or new or ongoing mental health concern.
Lic. No. MFC46511
Rosella’s expertise is helping clients cope with and recover from traumatic experiences as children or adults, as well as with those struggling with depression and anxiety. Rosella received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Master of Educational and Counseling Psychology with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
She also received training in pastoral counseling, bereavement counseling, and is a certified life coach. On a personal note, Rosella has experienced loss and the grief that accompanies it. As a certified bereavement counselor, she offers to join you as you process your grief and the “new normal” of everyday life.
Whether you are looking to improve your life, relationship, or family functioning, Rosella’s cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approach provides tools and techniques to help clients better understand and manage the challenges being faced.
My name is Sebastian Shields, I am a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has worked in the field of counseling and therapy for the last 6 years.
I started my work with childhood trauma and abuse, transitioning to working with the general population in a Health Care setting, then moving into Substance Use treatment.
Lic. No. LMFT124495
These programs and locations have provided me with an eclectic approach to therapy. Experiencing the therapeutic and developmental process from childhood to late adulthood.
I have extensive experience in substance addiction, depression, anxiety, parenting skills, family counseling, adolescent development, as well as many others that I would be happy to talk and explore with you.
Therapy can be an exciting and stressful time, as opening up to others may not be easy. I want to understand that with you, and help provide support for your change. Being a part of the healing process is an amazing feeling, I hope to share that experience with you soon.
Sheryl Aronson has been a Marriage, Family Therapist for over 25 years, specializing in relationships and women self-esteem workshops all over Orange County, California.
She was a featured guest/relationship expert on the Montel Williams Show and The Berman Sisters television show in Los Angeles.
Lic. No. LMFT23161
She has written articles on relationships for the Orange County Metropolitan Awareness magazine and Beach Cities/Valley magazine. Recently she has also published her self-help articles in The Hollywood 360 plus her personal blog on her website.
Sheryl has also lectured throughout Orange County on topics such as Understanding Your Book of Love, Women and Self-Esteem/I Come First, and The Formula for Creating Positive Change. With the publishing of her memoir, Ms. Aronson will be lecturing on Surviving Breast Cancer/The Spiritual Journey.
Sheryl has a BS in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University and a MA in Psychology from California State University, Northridge.
I am a licensed clinical social worker who has been passionate about serving mental health and underserved populations for over 12 years.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in social work from USC which resulted in a diverse educational experience.
Lic. No. 101250
Subsequently, the diversity has proven to be beneficial in the professional arena with the knowledge and experience to provide advocacy, case management, and therapeutic services to my clients.
For the past 7 years I have been working with the corrections population, teaching life skills, coping, symptom reduction and adjustment after long-term or life sentences, with the goal of successful reentry back into our communities.
Many of the individuals served suffer from severe PTSD, depression, anxiety, paranoia, addiction, and personality and psychotic disorders.
Working with these individuals has promoted invaluable professional development opportunities and the knowledge to provide comprehensive services to individuals who suffer from severe mental health.
I am a client-centered and holistic-approach therapist who believes in building on client strengths.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is my “go-to” intervention for multiple disorders, including anxiety, depression, suicidality, panic attacks, anger and aggression, and personality disorders.
I am a certified DBT provider and have used the intervention in both individual and group settings. Additional modalities include solution-focused, CBT, exposure therapy, problem-solving, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic for individuals with unresolved childhood issues, including trauma, neglect, and abuse which have presented in adulthood as undesired behaviors, self-doubt, and low self-esteem.
The road to change is never easy, but by empowering individuals to achieve a more balanced state, anything is possible and positive change is inevitable.
Suzanne is a registered associate social worker who graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.
She moved to San Diego from Portland, OR to work in an elementary school in East County. Her previous experience has mostly focused on youth and adolescents in different settings, as well as adults suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Lic. No. 104752
Tatiana is a San Diego native and has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She has always enjoyed helping others and knew at a young age she wanted to get into the field of therapy.
Her work includes chronic mental illness, substance addiction, group settings, individual work, and couple and family therapy.
Lic. No. 127400
She’s helped clients maintain sobriety, improve their communication skills, manage their anxiety, process grief, and realize their worth among other things.
Tatiana knows that therapy is not an overnight process and strives to create a safe environment built on trust and rapport to support clients in achieving their desired goals. She uses a variety of treatment modalities and tailors her approach to meet her client’s needs.
Tatiana attended an emotional intelligence training and this combined with her extensive work in personal development, knows the value of self-worth and the impact when people struggle to see their own. She incorporates this in her therapeutic approach to empower her clients and challenge any thinking patterns that may be serving as a barrier to progress and happiness.
Tatiana is no stranger to loss and hardship and likes to present herself authentically to her clients to normalize this part of the human condition and bring awareness to the possibility and impact of resilience.
When Tatiana is not working as a therapist, she loves to spend quality time with her loved ones. To name a few, some of her favorite things include the holidays, animals, music, reading, laughing, and self-care.
Tess Florez is a is a licensed marriage family therapist, who is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families to assist them in navigating through the emotional challenges in their life to enable them to make the choices they need to live the life they want.
Lic. No. 123303
Her approach is attachment-based, relational, emotion-focused, gently directive, compassionate, somatic, mindful and strength-based.
Tess has 6 years of clinical experience working especially with families, teens, adolescents and children with relational, behavioral and parenting challenges, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, complex trauma, grief, substance use and gender identity.
She has utilized evidence-based practices such as CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Narrative Therapy, as well as more somatic-based, mindful therapies and interventions.
Tess received her Master’s degree in Counseling at Palo Alto University, is certified in grief counseling, domestic violence intervention, suicide and crisis intervention and plans to become certified in EMDR Therapy.
She has provided therapy for various underserved populations at a community mental health agency, including their youth residential facility, as well as at multiple elementary, middle and high schools before going into private practice.
Before she became a psychotherapist, Tess worked in the corporate world of finance and accounting and with that, brings personal knowledge and understanding of high stress work environments and work-related mental health issues.
For Tess, finance and accounting was a job, but counseling and psychotherapy is a passion and to have finally been able to fulfill and live that passion has been an incredibly meaningful journey for her.
Personally, Tess has had family members with anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcohol and substance abuse and schizophrenia, has been a caregiver of a family member with schizophrenia and has experienced the loss of friends and family members, of which the most profound loss was that of her father.
Tess’ life experience in conjunction with her clinical experience has enabled her to be with her clients in a way that is truly empathetic, hopeful, and purposeful.
Hello, my name is Valeria Moore-Medina. I am a seasoned Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has had the pleasure of working with children from diverse cultural backgrounds for 24+years.
I am passionate about repairing and/or enhancing parent-child attachment. I have learned in my time working with families that any rupture in parent-child attachment is typically at the root of most children’s behavioral problems and emotional dysfunction.
Lic. No. LMFT 118977
I have experience in providing mental health support to underserved populations, including providing therapy to children, adolescents, and teens throughout San Diego County.
I provide a non-judgmental and safe environment where the child can explore and better understand themselves. I utilize play therapy techniques and interactive interventions to engage the child in learning self-regulation techniques which allows your child to thrive and grow emotionally.
I am trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy-Toddler (PCIT-T), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I was raised in Brawley, California, and moved to San Diego in 2009. I love spending time with friends and family and exploring the beautiful city of San Diego.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung
Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor and focuses her practice on a holistic approach to mental health, taking into consideration all aspects of the person: mind, body, and spirit.
She believes in creating a collaborative environment with her patients to enhance trust, safety, and healing.
Lic. No. 21200
Her goal is to create a place where individuals feel heard and can safely process through their concerns in order to learn and implement effective choices in their life, while building healthy boundaries in their relationships.
Victoria has experience working with those amongst community health, psychiatric hospital settings, and intensive outpatient programs.
She graduated in 2018 from University of Phoenix, earning her master’s degree in Mental Health Clinical Counseling. She is also an alumna of Arizona State University where she earned two previous masters’ degrees focused in Memory and Trauma.
Victoria uses a variety of interventions in her sessions, meeting the patient where they are in their journey.
She is professionally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist.
Her expansive education, along with other intensive training, has assisted her focus on those individuals who experience daily challenges with anxiety, depression, mood and behavior dysregulation, self-esteem, eating disorders, and trauma.