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Positive Change Counseling Center

(619)-733-6414

©2019 Positive Change Counseling Center 

Rancho Bernardo Clinicians

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Dr. Angelika Kulyasova is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and specializes in trauma, dual diagnosis, modification of negative emotions, and stress-related dilemmas. Utilizing the knowledge of PE (Prolonged Exposure) therapy and Trauma-Based CBT interventions, Dr. Kulyasova brings empathy and collaboration into her work with clients. Understanding her client’s needs and perspectives of their problems makes a significant difference in establishing an alliance as she works with clients to meet their goals. Additionally, Dr. Kulyasova has experience in psychological tests and assessments, including subjective and objective instruments (WAIS-5, MMPI-2, MCMI-IV, and others). For the last 5 years, Dr. Kulyasova has been working with forensic populations and clients with dual-diagnoses and trauma-related disorders in San Diego County. Currently, Dr. Kulyasova works in the community providing assessments for our veterans, focusing on PTSD and related disorders. 

Dr. Kulyasova has a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, a MS in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Stout University, and her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  

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Dr. Angelika Kulyasova, PsyD

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Dr. Amy 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 Behavioral 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. 

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Dr. Amy Balete, PsyD

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Holly Balazs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with a wide variety of clients and is excited to offer her services to clients looking for positive changes. 

Holly earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University with a minor in Community Health Development and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.  Throughout her career, Holly has been providing strength based integrated mental health services to children and their families.  She has gained valuable experience working with emotional disturbances in children and families from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. At Positive Change Counseling Center, Holly sees children, adolescents and their families, as well as individual adults and couples, for ongoing mental health care.

Holly utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, as well as motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness-based practices. Other specialties include working with children with childhood disorders, parent training, autism, anxiety, trauma and mood disorders.  Holly understands that making the decision to seek help can be difficult and truly believes that the first step to a healthier life is the desire to change those areas that are creating negativity.  Her therapeutic approach is tailored to meet the needs of each individual client and she enjoys guiding her clients on their journey to self-realization and happiness.  

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Holly Balazs, MFT

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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 prior to Positive Change Counseling Center 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 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 Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.  In 2016, Allison obtained her Masters 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. 

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Allison Turley, MFT

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Meg received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at University of San Diego. Meg has experience working with children who have experienced trauma and uses a trauma informed approach when meeting with her clients.

Prior to Positive Change Counseling Center, Meg supported families and children in foster care as well as individuals and families who have experienced adoption, in a non-profit setting. 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 Desensitization and Reprocessing, which can help individuals who have experienced trauma as well as those who are experiencing anxiety and mood disorders. Meg utilizes Solution Focused techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based practices, as well as other interventions, tailored to the needs and goals for therapy. 

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Margaret "Meg" Olinger, MFT

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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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Cara McDowell, MFT

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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.

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S. Giovanna Carr, MFT

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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 and loss.

Heather earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of California San Diego; and her Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. 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. Heather worked at the UCSD Family Medicine Collaborative Care Program, alongside physicians, psychiatrists, MFTs and Psychologists.

Heather is trained in 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 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. 

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Heather Gibson, MFT