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La Mesa
5480 Baltimore Drive          Suites 106 & 250
La Mesa, CA 91942
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Rancho Bernardo 
11590 W. Bernardo Ct.       Suite 230
San Diego, CA  92127
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La Mesa Psychotherapy Office Hours:

Sun: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Mon: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Tue: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wed: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thu: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

RB Psychotherapy Office Hours:

Mon: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Tue: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM 

Wed: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Thu: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM 

Fri: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Sat: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Administrative Office Hours:

Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Therapists

Positive Change Counseling Center welcomes you to meet with one of our Licensed Psychotherapists who specialize in Individual, Family and Couples therapy. All therapists are practical, interactive, solution-focused therapists. Our treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. We incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, we work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals and maximize personal growth.

Please note: All psychotherapists are independent contractors for Jennifer Lundy Family Therapy, Inc. (Positive Change Counseling Center). Each individual therapist is responsible for the legal and ethical psychotherapy treatment of their own clients. The therapists on this page are not liable for the actions of one another.

*If you are interested in scheduling online, please check to determine whether the clinician you would like to see is covered by your health insurance or EAP plan. Some of our clinicians are In-Network, while others are in the process of credentialing/contracting and are not yet covered by the plans we work with at PCCC.

La Mesa Clinicians:

(scroll down for Rancho Bernardo Clinicians)

fullsizeoutput_47de.jpeg Liza Helitzer, MFT#77128

Liza is a strengths-based, empathic, client-centered therapist with a passion for working with children, adolescents, and transition-aged youth on their journey of self discovery and developing ways to cope in the world we live in.  She has also worked with numerous couples on  not only improving the ways in which they communicate with one another, but also working on really trying to understand each other on the deepest levels in order to improve their marriage.   She has over a decade of experience in the field which ranges from treating those with anxiety and mood disorders, as well as victims of various kinds of trauma and their families, to those that struggle with drugs and alcohol to cope with life’s stressors. Liza’s mission as a therapist is to empower others to create their happiest and most fulfilling lives by confronting any challenges that they face and implementing the healthiest ways to manage their stress. 

Liza earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA in Sociology in 1999 and went on to work in administrative support positions with a law firm, and then for the Veterans Medical Research Foundation before deciding to go back to school to become a therapist in 2004.

Liza graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2006 and has been in the field in community and non profit settings for the past ten years.  Liza has experience working with the effects of various kinds of trauma and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Liza was a program therapist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents both in Massachusetts as well as when she came back to San Diego. For 7 years, Liza dedicated her work to coordinating Wraparound services to children and teens within the system of care in San Diego County so that they can safely reunify with their families from foster care or juvenile hall. Liza has also done group therapy for both adults as well as adolescents who struggle with substance use concerns. Liza’s therapeutic approach is very individualized to each client, couple or family, but generally focuses on strengths-based and solution-focused interventions to empower clients toward their own positive changes.

Contact Liza directly at:

(619) 733-6414

image1.pngKelly Williams, MFT#96873

Kelly Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of helping children and adults achieve healthier family dynamics. Since graduation with her bachelors in psychology with an emphasis on early child development, Kelly has worked with children from the age of 3 to 18. It was in her beginning work with children where Kelly gained an interest in helping adults work to contain their interpersonal stressors that without treatment impact the rest of the family.

Kelly is currently accepting new referrals for individuals, couples, families and children.  However when seeing children, Kelly finds it important that the parents have an active role in treatment, as it is a family effort to seek improvement. 

Kelly strives to provide a space for clients to feel as comfortable as they do discussing their problems with a friend over coffee or while meeting for a play date.  One way she helps build this feeling of familiarity is through her own awareness of cultural, sexual, and gender variances that impact everyone in different ways.  Kelly understands that it can be a big step to start therapy for the first time. So it is in the relationship between client and therapist that encourages you to come back even after the hardest of sessions. Overall Kelly utilizes her sense of humor, humility and overall enjoyment of the therapy process to help her clients succeed.

Contact Kelly directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Kelly (current clients only)


MM headshot.jpeg Megan Martz, LPCC #2676

Since 2010, Megan has provided individual, family and group therapy to youth and adults struggling with a wide array of mental health symptoms related to trauma, depression and anxiety, behavioral difficulties, safety concerns, and ADHD. She has worked in a number of intensive settings with an emphasis on supporting teens and young adults, along with their families, to more effectively navigate life's challenges.  She approaches each participant from a collaborative and strength based lens; tailoring treatment interventions to each individual's unique needs. At Positive Change Counseling Center, she aims to create a safe and supportive space where we can begin the process toward living a happier and healthy life.

Contact Megan directly at:

(619) 733-6414

DSC_0435.jpg Chris Dooley, MFT#104705

Chris has provided mental health services in a variety of settings since earning his Master’s Degree from San Diego State University. These settings have ranged from working with at-risk youth involved with CWS to corporate executives addressing workplace issues.  Throughout his experience, Chris has learned that understanding and valuing each client’s unique stories and the contexts of their problems is essential to the therapeutic relationship and achieving progress. Chris greatly values diversity and looks forward to continuing his work with a wide range populations as he serves the clientele of PCCC. Chris strives to help empower his clients, and seeks to achieve realistic gains through goal setting and self-exploration. He utilizes cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches and sees individuals and couples.

Chris works with clients facing anxiety, depression, substance abuse, workplace issues, stress and anger management problems, communication problems, relational conflict, intimacy issues, and sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Chris approaches therapy with humor and compassion to create a safe and collaborative environment for clients. He works with each client to find and practice practical and realistic solutions and gain and master new skills and knowledge to create their desired change. When working with youth, Chris believes it is essential to work together with parents and youth to work toward desired goals as it takes the whole family to make lasting change happen. Chris enjoys working with couples in order to help them strengthen their relationship, improve communication and increase connection.

Contact Chris directly at:

(619) 733-6414

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Brittany Holmes, MFT#100388

“All the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming”-Helen Keller

Life is full of obstacles, ups and downs, transitions, and changes; sometimes we need additional support to get through them. Seeking therapy is a sign of strength and Brittany believes that you are the expert on your own life. Establishing a safe, caring, collaborative relationship is critical to therapeutic success and Brittany strives to create a warm, nonjudgmental and flexible environment. Utilizing a strengths-based approach, Brittany focuses on empowering others to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. Brittany sees herself merely as a safe mode of transportation to help you on your journey; she is the car and you are the driver. It is Brittany’s goal to work with each client from a collaborative and solution-focused perspective, utilizing interventions that fit each client’s unique needs. Here at Positive Change Counseling Center, Brittany wants to provide support so that you can find healing and fulfillment to thrive in your relationships and daily life.

Brittany is experienced in working with adults, adolescents and families. Brittany provides support to clients struggling with a myriad of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, drug and alcohol abuse/dependence, codependency, grief and bereavement, new/expectant parents, life transitions and traumatic experiences. She is passionate about providing services that are tailored to each individual, couple or family and is knowledgeable in working with co-occurring issues to address multiple needs of an individual or family. Ms. Holmes is a Certified Facilitator for the Gottman's "Bringing Baby Home" program to help new and expectant parents prepare to keep their relationship strong as they transition from a "couple" to a "family". Brittany is also formally trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Seeking Safety. 

In 2010, Brittany obtained her Undergraduate degree through California State University of Sacramento and in 2013 she obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco. She is also a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). 

Contact Brittany directly at:

(619) 733-6414

LeaW headshot small.JPG Lea Walchshauser, MFT#53663

Lea has been providing mental health services for over 9 years helping families and individuals with her holistic approach to therapy. Lea has extensive experience developing treatment plans that combine talk therapy, play therapy, lifestyle modification, and incorporating yoga as a means for long lasting lifestyle changes. Lea serves a broad spectrum of clients with experience ranging from marriage and family therapy, drug addiction, trauma, and children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and depressive disorders. Lea will work with you to build a personalized treatment plans aimed at helping you reach your specific goals. 
Lea earned her bachelors degree from the University of Kansas in 2004. In 2010 she fulfilled her passion to be of service to others by completing the Master of Counseling Psychology program at National University in La Jolla, CA. Lea has certifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness. In the spring of 2016 Lea graduated from yoga teacher training and offers weekly classes for the community. Lea incorporates elements from yoga such as breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and physical movement where appropriate for her clients. 
Lea is currently accepting new clients.

Contact Lea directly at:

(619) 733-6414


HeadshotRW.JPG  Raquel Williams, MFT#103242

Raquel is a solution-focused, strength based, client centered therapist who is dedicated to making a positive impact on clients and their overall well-being. She has an innate ability to connect and relate to individuals from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 


Since earning her Master’s Degree at San Diego State University, Raquel has worked with at-risk youth involved with CWS and Juvenile Probation. She has extensive experience working with youth who have behavioral issues, substance abuse, anger management, severe mental illness, gender identity issues, and commercially exploited youth (CSEC). Throughout her experience, Raquel has learned the importance of ensuring that youth’s voices are heard during the therapeutic process and they are empowered to continue using their voice in positive and effective ways in everyday life. She is also dedicated to working with parents and families as support during the reunification process as well as helping reduce recidivism rates.


Raquel specializes in clients facing severe mental illness, depression, substance abuse, anger and stress management and sexual orientation and gender identity issues. She is committed to working collaboratively with clients and families during the therapy process to help her clients succeed and create lasting change. 

Contact Raquel directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Raquel

Tara headshot.jpg Tara Benintende, LCSW#60931

Tara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with her undergraduate in 2006 and New York University in 2009 with her Masters in Social Work. She is also a member of National Association of Social Work. 

Tara has dedicated her work within San Diego County System of Care with children, teens, young adults and families, since 2010. Tara has worked with clients who have a range of mental health symptoms. Tara experience treating individuals struggling with Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, life stressors and trauma. She has worked in a number of settings including: schools, outpatient clinics, support-lines and home-based services. She works each client from a client-centered, non-judgmental and strength-based approach and incorporates mindfulness into her work with clients. Tara’s main treatment approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has received several trainings in this treatment approach.  Tara’s overall goal is to help clients increase their coping skills and life skills to achieve a balanced life.

Tara is currently accepting new referrals for individuals. However, when seeing children, Tara finds it important that the parents have an active role in treatment, as it is a family effort to maintain improvement.

Contact Tara directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Tara

RREYNOLDS headshot 1.jpgRebecca Reynolds, MFT#49473

Rebecca Mikell Reynolds, MA LMFT BSN RN is both a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered nurse with over eighteen years of adult & pediatric critical care experience. She provides a warm, caring and compassionate environment to identify and address the issues that prevent individuals and families from becoming their best personal and professional selves.

Rebecca applies a bio-psychosocial approach to therapy where biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors each play a significant role in acute and chronic illness, as well as assist in determining one’s unique path toward mental and physical health. Rebecca believes that creating and maintaining wellness is essential for living a high quality of life. She works collaboratively with her clients to achieve their own wellness goals, and views mental health as an active process of becoming aware of destructive patterns and identifying life-affirming choices that will lead toward a healthy and more fulfilling life. Rebecca integrates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy (CFT) and Bowen Family Systems with concepts from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Narrative and Solution-focused therapy.

As a seasoned healthcare professional, Rebecca is passionate about her work with physicians, nurses, first responders and other emergency personnel to subdue the stress and anxiety that can arise from encountering human pain, suffering and death on a daily basis, as well as to improve the communication skills necessary to ensure more positive interactions with those around them. Her areas of expertise include bereavement counseling, transition support for new graduates applying theory into practice, management of lateral violence, treatment of vicarious trauma & secondary victim phenomenon and prevention of professional burnout.

If you or a loved one are currently suffering from emotional or psychological issues and are seeking encouragement and guidance to find balance and promote optimal wellness, please contact Rebecca Reynolds for a consultation. 

Contact Rebecca directly at:

(619) 733-6414


KasiB headshot small.JPGKasi (Kazaran) Barkawi-Buck, MFT#50604 

Kasi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Born and raised in Southern California. Educational background includes Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach; Master of Arts in Counseling Educational Psychology emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  In September of 2016, certified to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.  Relocated to San Diego, California with her spouse who is active duty in the United States Navy.  

Career in the mental health field began in the hospital/psychiatric setting with focus on patient care.  Transitioned to working with children of various age groups during the Millennium which includes counseling in a group home environment for adolescent male convicted sex offenders, career counseling to young adults attending a government residential educational program and school counseling services to children in an elementary school setting.  Current work experience of 6.7 years with a community based program for adult individuals, couples and families with the County of Orange to provide therapeutic services to a diverse community suffering from multiple forms of mental health related issues.

Kasi provides therapy, counseling, advocacy and education to individuals, couples, children and families; loved ones who encourage the healing process.  Guides the individual to achieve his/her optimal level of contentment.  Specialized to work with life stressors, conflicts with interpersonal relationships, difficulty with communication, feelings of sadness and worry, grief, fluctuations in energy and mood, loss of interest, negative thinking, self-esteem, abuse and trauma.  Familiar with the military community; welcome military spouses and children.    

Educational career influenced by Psychoanalytic Theory and Gestalt therapy; trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Brief/ Solution Focused Therapy, Stress Management, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.    


Contact Kasi directly at: 

(619) 733-6414

image1.jpegSarah Ebert, MFT#77158

Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working w/ children, adults and families.  After graduating from San Diego State University in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration she went on to work at a homeless family shelter in San Diego and it was there she developed a passion to counsel individuals and families from various backgrounds and help them to discover their strengths and grow.  She went on obtain a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has worked within the police department and school district treating clients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, communication issues,  and anger management issues. 

Sarah uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused and Family Systems Therapy.  She is also a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).  

Contact Sarah directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Sarah


AmyBHeadshotSmall.jpgDr. Amy Balete, PsyD#24979 (not currently accepting new clients)

Dr. Balete is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families.  Dr. Balete serves a broad spectrum of clients and designs treatment to the individual needs and appropriate developmental level of each client.  Through a collaborative approach, Dr. Balete builds on existing strengths, providing support, practical feedback and interventions to effectively address concerns. She utilizes evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Systems Family Therapy. Specialty areas in which Dr. Balete provides developmentally appropriate assessment and intervention include: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, family conflict, and transitional aged youth (18-25 years old).

Dr. Balete grew up in Kansas and attended Emporia State University for her undergraduate studies.  She then received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Baptist University, Riverside CA.  Dr. Balete received her doctoral degree from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA. 

Contact Dr. Balete directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Deanna headshot.jpg Deanna Jimenez, MFT#89989

Deanna enjoys working with diverse populations and is dedicated to providing multi-culturally sensitive services tailored to meet each client’s needs. Deanna believes all individuals possess the tools needed to have healthy fulfilling lives and when given the appropriate guidance can be successful in doing so. Utilizing a strength – based, trauma- informed approach, Deanna focuses on helping her clients use appropriate coping and life skills to live a well – balanced life.

Deanna is a bilingual Spanish/English therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families.  Her experience ranges from working as a behavioral therapist serving children and youth on the Autism Spectrum to working at a non-profit agency serving youth with high and complex needs. She has experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-identity/esteem issues, self –harming, ADHD, and various behavioral issues. She has also helped families with parenting, domestic violence, and stage of life transitions.

Deanna received her Masters of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in 2012 and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009. 

Contact Deanna directly at:

(619) 733-6414


fullsizeoutput_47db.jpeg Odelia Morovati, MFT#78963

Odelia Morovati is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist, specializing in work with children, teens, and their families.  She is additionally passionate in working with adults, specifically on early childhood trauma. Odelia has over 7 years of experience working at a non-profit organization serving underserved populations and at-risk youth and is committed to restoring lives shaken by stress and traumatic events. She believes in the importance of creating a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental environment, especially for children and teens.

Odelia has a deep understanding of the effects of trauma on children, families, and adults. She specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma (I.e. physical, sexual, neglect, and emotional abuse, DV, life adjustments, grief/loss) and recognizes that traumatic experiences can impair a child’s ability to function each day in the following ways: brain development, attachment patterns, emotional regulation, self-harm, behavioral capacity, learning and school performance, self-worth and social skills. Survivors of childhood trauma generally experience a common set of problems as adults when they do not receive effective treatment. Odelia’s areas of expertise additionally include attachment repair in foster and adopted children, as well as other youth who have suffered attachment injuries with primary providers. As children, adults and families, we all face obstacles and experience traumatic events which shape our personalities and behaviors. Odelia firmly believes relationships are the heartbeats of life and strives to provide an integrative approach in working with and supporting parents or loved ones in the healing process.

Odelia received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child Development from San Diego State University in 2008 and earned her Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University in 2010.  She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective protocol that allows clients to become "unstuck" from past negative events and move forward to enhance life.

She has additional training in Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and has her Certification in Play Therapy. She enjoys utilizing creative interventions, such as art, music, and sand-tray therapy. Odelia hopes to help clients on a journey of healing and empowerment to become the best version of themselves.

Contact Odelia directly at:

(619) 733-6414


EZ_website_pic.jpgDr. Emily Ziegler, Psy.D. #21402

Dr. Ziegler received her doctoral degree in forensic psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in 2005, after completing an APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology at a community mental health agency.  On internship, she worked with individuals and couples, as well as children and adolescents.  Emily also has experience working with both the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual offenses.  For the last several years, she has worked in a correctional facility and has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and trauma-based disorders.  In addition to therapy, Dr. Ziegler is well-versed in formal psychological testing and is adept in the use of intellectual, achievement, personality, projective and neuropsychological assessment measures.  Lastly, she is a Divison of Workers' Compensation Qualified Medical Examiner.

It is unlikely that we would delay treating a broken leg or a chronic medical condition, such as high blood pressure.  However, when feeling unhappy, anxious, stressed or unmotivated, one can often feel that waiting or toughing it out is the right solution.  Emily believes that seeking treatment, much like with other medical conditions, can be necessary to heal and can help avoid prolonged suffering.  Most of us will encounter a time in life when we could benefit from slowing down, taking care of ourselves and taling about different courses of action with someone who is caring, practical and objective.  Dr. Ziegler has a dynamic, individualized approach. She will work to be attuned to your unique needs and to create an environment in which you feel heard.

Contact Dr. Emily Ziegler directly:

(619) 733-6414


Carol Carol Dawidowicz, MFT#49433

Carol Dawidowicz is passionate about helping people improve their well-being and relationships. She has been working as a therapist with children, teens and adults since 2005. Carol started her counseling career at a non-profit agency serving at risk youth. Carol has over 2 years of experience working with military service members and their families. She has treated clients dealing with anxiety,depression, trauma, family of origin issues, grief & loss, separation & divorce, issues of identity/self esteem, and relationship problems. She has also worked with couples facing a variety of challenges including parenting issues, infidelity, communication difficulties, intimacy problems, conflict and domestic violence.

Carol received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2000. She obtained her graduate degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in 2006. Carol is a CAMFT member in good standing.

Carol values diversity and strives to understand the unique needs of each individual. She helps clients identify their strengths and develop the tools and relationship skills to lead a more productive and satisfying life.

Contact Carol directly at:

(619) 733-6414


KHP_Headshot.jpgDr. Kristin Herzberg Purdy, Ph.D. #27449

Dr. Herzberg Purdy received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY in New York in 2013 and received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2004. Dr. Herzberg Purdy specializes in treating PTSD and anxiety disorders, particularly with time-limited, evidence-based treatments. Specifically, she has training and experience in delivering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Herzberg Purdy is also expertly trained in mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Herzberg Purdy is passionate about providing clinical services to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and has strived to provide warm and compassionate care in various treatment settings, including hospitals and community clinics. In addition to private practice, Dr. Herzberg Purdy also currently works at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in La Jolla as a clinical research psychologist. In this role, Dr. Herzberg Purdy is the lead clinical evaluator, delivering gold-standard PTSD assessments, as well as coordinating recruitment and screening efforts for a Department of Defense funded PTSD research study.

In her work with trauma survivors and otherwise, she has helped individuals to strengthen intimate and family relationships as well as provided resources and support to those who have endured abusive relationships. She also enjoys teaching stress management, mindfulness and other skills in order to help individuals to live meaningful and fulfilling lives consistent with their values and goals. While practicing empirically-supported treatments, Dr. Herzberg Purdy understands that every person is unique and thus flexibility is important in order to meet each client’s needs. Additionally, Dr. Herzberg Purdy believes in fostering a safe and supportive environment in which a solid therapeutic relationship can be built and clients are empowered to achieve personal growth and a sense of self-sufficiency. In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Herzberg Purdy has also worked as a clinical supervisor of students and interns, provided psychological testing and clinical assessments, and taught various psychology courses. Additionally, her research interests have closely paralleled her clinical interests and have focused on evaluating the effectiveness of treatments, particularly ACT, for anxiety and PTSD.

Contact Dr. Herzberg Purdy directly at: 

(619) 733-6414


Jennifer LundyJennifer Lundy-Aguerre, MFT#42025

Jennifer currently provides treatment for post traumatic stress, general anxiety and depression, as well as consultation for new/expectant parents as they adjust to the many changes having a child can bring. 

Jennifer specializes in treating adolescents and adults with a variety of anxiety and depressive disorders. She will work with you to address past trauma, decrease work-related stress and teach you skills to help get "unstuck" with challenges you may be facing. She also does a great deal of work with couples and families to address common relationship concerns, such as: communication, conflict resolution, trust, intimacy issues and financial concerns. Relationship therapy focuses on providing couples with skills to help increase trust, gain intimacy and strengthen their overall relationship. 

One of Jennifer's passions includes working with expectant and new parents on their journey as they work toward creating a special space for the newest member of their family.  As an advocate for parents, Jennifer believes in the importance of understanding your rights during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond in providing the care you feel is best for you and your family. 

Jennifer received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2000 and a Masters of Arts from the University of San Diego in Marital and Family Therapy in 2002.  Jennifer founded Positive Change Counseling Center in 2006 and with over 15 years of experience she continues to provide effective treatment to her clients. She has worked as a Research Therapist at the Veteran's Medical Research Foundation in La Jolla providing evidence-based Prolonged Exposure therapy to U.S soldiers returning home from combat who are challenged by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from combat and other traumatic events. Success rates are high in minimizing and eliminating issues such as increased fear, depressed mood, flashbacks, and poor concentration related to traumatic events including physical violence, sexual and combat trauma. Following an intensive training by the Office of Problem Gambling, Jennifer became registered in 2010 with the State of California to provide free treatment to individuals and family members affected by Problem Gambling.  Jennifer's background also includes human relations and diversity trainings, supporting survivors of domestic violence, providing in-home services for at-risk youth, facilitating an anxiety support group and providing residential treatment for adults with chronic mental illness and addiction.

Contact Jennifer directly:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Jennifer

Rancho Bernardo (San Diego North County Inland) Clinicians:

HeatherGibsonHeadshot.jpgHeather Gibson, MFT#97630

Heather Gibson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is excited to offer her therapy services to clients in need. Heather has experience treating individuals struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, life stressors and trauma. Heather additionally has a special interest in treating individuals experiencing bereavement, grief & loss.

Heather earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of California San Diego in 2010. After completing her undergraduate degree, Heather completed her Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego in 2014. Heather has a background in clinical and pharmaceutical research and gained experience working with individuals at UCSD, the VA, and Artemis Institute for Clinical Research. After completing her graduate degree, Heather completed her MFT Internship at (and continues to offer psychotherapy at) the UCSD Family Medicine Collaborative Care Program, working alongside physicians, psychiatrists, MFTs and Psychologists. Heather’s training in the UCSD Collaborative Care program has allowed her to gain experience treating a range of individuals, with varying mental health concerns, taking an integrative and evidence-based approach.

Heather is trained in a variety of theoretical models including: CBT, Behavior Modification, Narrative Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, Structural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. In her work, Heather adopts a , “bio/psycho/social/spiritual” perspective, seeing all of the parts that make the client whole. Heather welcomes clients of all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations to join her in working toward creating meaningful change. Through empowerment and creating self-efficacy, Heather hopes to join clients on the journey of creating the life they envision for themselves. 

Contact Heather directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Please note: Heather sees clients in La Mesa on Mondays and in Rancho Bernardo on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


headshot.jpgAllison Turley, MFT#108104 

Allison Turley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is excited to offer a supportive therapy environment to clients in need. Allison has experience treating individuals, adolescents, and families struggling with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, emotional regulation issues, relationships, and life stressors.  Her experience is working with teens and their families in a non-profit, residential setting to develop coping skills, overcome crisis situations, manage transitional phases of life, and improve family dynamics.  Allison hopes to guide clients in a non-judgmental, nurturing space of support and practical feedback to help clients gain insight and awareness.

Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.  In 2016, Allison obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University).   Allison is trained in a variety of theoretical models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness skills, Bowen Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. 

Contact Allison directly at:

(619) 733-6414

Schedule online with Allison


Meg headshot.JPGMargaret "Meg" Olinger, MFT#104394

Meg began working with children in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at University of San Diego in 2015. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Meg has experience working with children who have experienced trauma and uses a trauma informed approach. She worked at San Diego Youth Services for over 4 years supporting families and children in foster care as well as individuals and families who have experience with adoption. As an adoptee, Meg has learned the importance of providing support and guidance to families and individuals who have been touched by adoption. She uses an attachment based lens to help strengthen the family bond and help find success and resiliency through the core experiences of adoptees and adoptive parents. Meg is trained in EMDR, Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing, which can help individuals who have experienced trauma as well as those who have experienced anxiety and mood disorders. Meg uses a person-centered approach tailoring therapeutic interventions to each child, teen, adult, and family. Meg utilizes Solution Focused techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based  practices, as well as other interventions based on the needs and goals for therapy. Meg believes that working with individuals and families will provide them with tools that will help them grow into successful members of society.

Contact Meg directly at:

(619) 733-6414

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Laura headshot.jpgLaura Steder-Myers, LCSW#66176


Laura has been practicing clinical social work for over 20 years. After receiving her MSW from the prestigious Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA, Laura returned to her home in Denver, Colorado where she lived and for 40 years prior to moving to California in 2006. Laura has specialized in working with children, adolescents and adults (as parents and co-parents) dealing with difficult adjustments and life stressors that can challenge individuals and families trying to make healthy choices and cope with change.

A key component to her practice is in developing a collaborative, compassionate, authentic and comfortable therapeutic relationship with clients. Therapy is a safe place in which Laura will assist you in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for the future.

Laura enjoys working with children from age 4-18 and uses self-expressive therapies to facilitate her clients’ growth and development towards a fuller understanding and appreciation of themselves and the places they occupy in their family, school and world.

Her work with adults continues the work of self-acceptance and awareness, using the relationship of unconditional positive regard to explore the connections between emotions, thoughts and behaviors. She has an eclectic approach, utilizing various theoretical approaches, informed by a psychodynamic and family systems theory.

Laura believes that in order to be truly happy one must recognize the full and balanced range
of their emotions and not be afraid to express them. Feelings are powerful indicators of what we need and what we carry from past to present to future. Laura uses talk-therapy, art and play therapy, visualization and a nutrition and wellness focus to provide a lens into what’s keeping you from enjoying your authentic self.

Contact Laura directly at:

(619) 733-6414

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Cara head shot.jpgCara McDowell, MFT#43358

Cara received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1999 and her Masters of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy in 2002, both from the University of San Diego. After graduating she worked in a variety of settings including schools, community non-profit agencies, outpatient hospital programs, community college, and private practice. 

Cara’s approach to treating her clients is warm, respectful, responsive, and nurturing. She has a genuine interest in the happiness of her clients. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups treating a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, parenting, adjustment to life changes/stressors, and relationship/marital issues. 

Cara utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as strength based and solution-focused models to help her clients. She tailors treatment techniques and goals to match each client’s needs.  

Cara has a passion for working with couples and uses Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in her treatment. EFT is a structured, research backed, and highly effective approach to couples therapy. Its main premise is to help replace negative cycles the couple has formed over the course of their relationship with new positive cycles to help nurture new bonding interactions. This enables permanent change in the relationship to become a safe and healing place for both partners.

Cara also enjoys working with teenage girls. She has a special ability to offer active, authentic, and respectful insight by using direct and non-judgmental feedback.  She helps them to take control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by providing them with the skills and knowledge to make better decisions.  

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(619) 733-6414

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GIOVANNA-1.jpegS. Giovanna Carr, MFT#99196

Giovanna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who offers a supportive and trauma informed approach and is excited to work with clients in need. Giovanna has experience treating individuals, couples and families living with chronic illness, Trauma and Stress Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, relationship issues and mood disorders.

Giovanna completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Regis University in 1995, her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University in 2012. After completing her Master’s degree in Sociology, Giovanna worked in skilled nursing for over 10 years, helping clients adjust to and deal with grief and loss, as well as, adjustment issues associated with physical and mental health. After completing her Master’s degree in Psychology, Giovanna worked at Alvarado Parkway Institute and then moved on to work at Christie’s Place. As a Mental Health Counselor, she worked closely with the team in assuring that each client received the care that they needed. Giovanna has experience working with individuals with varying mental health concerns including chronic long-term health issues. 

Giovanna is trained in CBT, DBT, Narrative therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused therapy. Giovanna believes in a strength based approach, that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of the client.

Contact Giovanna directly at:

(619) 733-6414

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Please note: All psychotherapists are independent contractors for Jennifer Lundy Family Therapy, Inc. (Positive Change Counseling Center). Each individual therapist is responsible for the legal and ethical psychotherapy treatment of their own clients. The therapists on this page are not liable for the actions of one another.