Rancho Bernardo Clinicians

Rebecca Boon, LCSW

Rebecca Boon  | Positive Change Counseling Center



Rebecca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in stress management, grief and loss, mood disorders, family caregivers, military families, and relationship issues. She has experience providing individual and group services to adults and seniors in medical, behavioral health, and non-profit settings. 

Rebecca takes an active, non-judgmental, and creative approach in treatment to support clients in reaching their goals and sustaining meaningful growth, balance and change. She prioritizes strengths-based and client-centered approaches with respect for diverse backgrounds while offering humor, psychoeducation, and practical coping strategies to increase healthy behaviors, self-awareness, and self-compassion. She most often draws upon techniques and theories found in mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, art therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. 

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and her Masters of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York in 2015.

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.

Kimberly Rodriguez, ACSW

Kimberly Rodriguez  | Positive Change Counseling Center

Registered ACSW #77132   *Supervised by Janette (Sol) 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 youths 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

Carly Shaul, AMFT

Carly Shaul  | Positive Change Counseling Center

Registered AMFT#117428   *Supervised by Janette (Sol) 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.

Allison Barton, MFT

Allison Barton  | Positive Change Counseling Center

MFT #108104 

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.

S. Giovanna Carr, MFT

Giovanna Carr  | Positive Change Counseling Center

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 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.

Janette (Sol) Valverde, MFT, Lead Clinician

Janette (Sol) Valverde  | Positive Change Counseling Center

MFT #85853

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.

Heather Gibson, MFT, Operations Manager

Heather Gibson  | Positive Change Counseling Center

MFT #97630  

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, alongside physicians, psychiatrists, MFTs and Psychologists. 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), 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 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.

Emily Judge, LPCC

Emily Judge  | Positive Change Counseling Center

LPCC #7867 


Emily is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys working with children, teens, adults and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and holds professional clinical licenses in both California (LPCC) and Colorado (LPC). Emily draws upon a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Feminist Theory (aims to understand the nature of gender inequality and acknowledges systems of oppression) Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. Emily has experience in treating a variety of mental health concerns including adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, family disruption, oppositional behaviors and stress related concerns.


Emily maintains that a major healing aspect of counseling comes from a collaborative effort between counselor and client. The client and counselor are a therapeutic team working together to heal what is hurting. Emily believes that real life demands real counselors. She strives to create a judgement free space where you can feel comfortable to be vulnerable and open. Emily has worked in a variety of mental health settings including intensive services, outpatient community clinics and school based programs and has provided counseling in English and Spanish. Emily offers adapted mental health treatment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. (Please let her know of any sensory concerns so potential accommodations can be made.)  


Emily welcomes all clients to inquire about counseling regardless of language, lifestyle, age, relationship status, belief system, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, race, ethnicity, unavailable childcare and children in tow, life experience or thoughts on counseling.

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