Rancho Bernardo Clinicians
The therapists listed below offer both in-person and telehealth (video) psychotherapy at Positive Change Counseling Center
Imelda Moya-Magaña, APCC
APCC #5854 Supervised by Janette Valverde, MFT #85853
Imelda Moya-Magana (she/her/hers) is an Associate Clinical Counselor who is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has experience working with the BIPOC communities, children, adolescents, and families. Through her experience she has provided therapy to clients displaying symptoms of trauma, abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, generational/cultural differences, and behavioral setbacks.
Imelda utilizes therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, play, motivational interviewing, as well as family systems. Imelda’s passion is to work with children and adolescents and support the child/parent relationship by building upon family strengths in order to create a cohesive and supportive family unit. She also believes that all clients should be given the opportunity to come into a safe therapeutic environment where they will be listened to and supported.
Imelda obtained her undergraduate degree at California State University- Northridge and Master's in Educational and Clinical Counseling at Azusa Pacific University.
Kimberly Rodriguez, ACSW
Registered ACSW #77132 Supervised by Janette Valverde, MFT #85853
Kimberly is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has a passion to work with children, adolescents, and families. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. As part of her educational background, she has earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from California State University Northridge. Upon graduating she worked collaboratively on a non-profit community working with at-risk youth and families to achieve positive outcomes. Kimberly then pursued her career to obtain her Masters in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families graduating from Azusa Pacific University.
Kimberly has developed a foundation in diversity, culturally responsive care and interventions, and engagement with interprofessional teams. In addition, with the integration of faith and spirituality. Also, has extensive experience working with the community, school-based settings, and non-profit organizations in the field.
Kimberly has a strong clinical background in Evidence-Based Practice modalities: Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training Couples Therapy, Managing and Adapting Practices Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct problems. In addition, having direct clinical experience working with Victims of Domestic Violence, Adult mental health, and addressing barriers to employment. Furthermore, Kimberly has experienced working with children in the foster care system, at-risk youths, and behavioral challenges. The integrity of her work is for the wellness of individuals
Brittany Gilliam, APCC
APCC #5867 Supervised by Janette Valverde, MFT #85853
Brittany is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has six years of
experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families across various
therapeutic settings. These include school-based, intensive in-home, community-based,
supervised visitation, and therapeutic day treatment. She has supported clients
experiencing challenges related to emotional disabilities, depression, anxiety, stress
management, anger management, self-esteem, interpersonal relations, communication
skills, self-advocacy, and behavioral concerns. Brittany also has a strong interest in
perinatal mental health and supporting women and their partners during this new
season of life.
Brittany’s style of counseling is an integrative approach which combines the theoretical
frameworks of Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She
also takes a strengths-based approach while working with clients and enjoys
implementing components of Positive Psychology, mindfulness, art, and play therapy.
Brittany strives to maintain a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where clients
will feel supported during their therapeutic journey. She views personalized treatment
for each client as a high priority because each individual is unique. Brittany also views
counseling as a collaborative process and believes that an atmosphere consisting of
unconditional positive regard, open communication, empathy, and authenticity is critical
for the therapeutic relationship to thrive. Together, we will work to instill a sense of
hope, which will serve as the foundation for the growth process.
Brittany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in Psychology from
The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and her Master of Arts in Education
and Human Development with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Pamela Berkinsky, ACSW
Registered ACSW #84133 *Supervised by Rebecca Boon, LCSW #84403
Pamela Berkinsky is an Associate Social Worker specializing in grief and loss, trauma, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, chronic pain and illness, relationship issues, and questions related to identity and purpose. She works with adults, couples and children.
Pamela brings a holistic and deeply compassionate approach to her work, informed by her own personal development journey that includes reiki, meditation, breathwork, yoga and movement practices. She believes that, fundamentally people have a basic need to be deeply understood and seen. When this is achieved through a therapeutic alliance, healing and growth naturally follow. To this end, she offers a non-judgmental, safe space for her clients, and uses her intuitive nature to attune to her clients.
Pamela has a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Pamela was also a fellow at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
Pamela is a lifelong learner and is enthusiastic about integrating new therapies and modalities into her practice. Pamela’s eclectic approach utilizing Mindfulness/Mindful Self-Compassion, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Emotionally Focused Therapy and somatic therapies, offers clients a wide range of tools they can use.
Carly Shaul, AMFT
Registered AMFT#117428 *Supervised by Janette Valverde, MFT #85853
Carly is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping teens, adults, couples, and families who struggle with anxiety, communication, intimacy and relationship issues, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ related difficulties, and more. She understands the vulnerability that comes with seeking support and strives to provide a warm space where clients can be heard and understood without judgment.
She prioritizes catering treatment to match the diverse needs of everyone she works with and enjoys taking an active approach in collaborating with clients when exploring their biggest challenges. Carly has experience utilizing a range of culturally competent and evidence-based methods including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Humanistic Techniques, Family Systems Theories, and Compassion-Based Therapy. She also completed Level 1 training in Gottman Therapy and prefers to utilize this method in her work with couples to improve conflict management, strengthen friendships, and create shared meaning within their relationship.
Carly received her Masters of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She has been described as a therapist that genuinely cares and is committed to providing that same care to you.
Heather Gibson, MFT
Operations Manager, Senior Clinician
Heather is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has experience helping adult individuals who are struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, life stressors and trauma. Heather additionally has a special interest in helping individuals heal through bereavement, grief and all forms of loss.
Heather earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2010, and her Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at the University of San Diego (USD) in 2014. She completed her internship as a Lead Therapist at the UCSD Family Medicine Collaborative Care Program. She then joined Positive Change Counseling Center after earing her MFT License in 2016.
Heather incorporates techniques from a variety of theoretical models including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Behavior Modification, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. In her work, Heather adopts a “bio/psycho/social/spiritual” perspective: seeing all of the parts that make a person whole. Heather welcomes clients of all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths/belief systems, genders, and sexual orientations to join her in working toward creating meaningful change. Through empowerment and teaching self-efficacy, Heather hopes to join clients on the journey of creating the life they envision for themselves. She aims to not only offer therapy, but also hold a space for healing. She looks forward to meeting you.
Janette Valverde, MFT, Clinical Supervisor
Janette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has enjoyed working with children, adolescents and families. She has experience working with individuals who present with symptoms and behaviors related to depression, anxiety, trauma, Adjustment Disorder and life stressors. Janette focuses on collaborating and meeting clients where they are in their process to help support them in their journey.
Previously, Janette has worked in various settings as both a clinician and clinical supervisor, ranging from community and residentially based services, foster care, hospitals and acute crisis settings. She uses her past professional experiences to continue to inform her work with clients and looks to create individualized plans.
Janette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of California, Riverside, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, MFT at Pepperdine University. Her training in the field has been influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment theories, and Trauma. She is a certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) with adolescents. Additionally, she enjoys bringing art into sessions as a tool for client’s to express themselves. She uses a strength based approach with a trauma informed lens, to join clients on their journey and process with life.
S. Giovanna Carr, MFT
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 Bachelors degree in Communication Arts from Regis University, her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. After completing her Masters 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 Masters degree in Psychology, Giovanna has worked to assure that each of her clients has received the care that they need. Giovanna has experience working with individuals with varying mental health concerns, including chronic long-term health issues.
Giovanna is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (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.
Allison Barton, MFT, Senior Clinician
MFT #108104 *Not accepting new clients*
Allison 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 depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, emotional regulation issues, and life stressors. Previously, Allison has worked in settings including residential based settings and in-home support with foster youth and families to develop coping skills, overcome crisis situations, manage transitional phases of life, and improve family dynamics.
Allison works to guide clients in a non-judgmental, nurturing space of support and practical feedback to help clients gain insight and awareness. Allison earned her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University). Allison incorporates a variety of theoretical models in her work with clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Skills, Structural Family Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Allison welcomes clients of all backgrounds, ethnicities, belief systems, genders and sexual orientations to join her in working to overcome stressors and symptoms impacting their life.
Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families