About The Team

Esmeralda Christensen, MFT, LPCC

California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist - California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Clinical Supervisor - PSYCH-K® Facilitator


As a San Diego native I love our community and I am interested in helping, as many people as I can reach - to heal, thrive and succeed.  I spent my youth growing up between San Diego and Tijuana, B.C. Mexico and am fluent in English and Spanish. At the age of 12, I decided that I wanted to become a therapist; a lifelong passion that I pursued and absolutely love.


As I worked my way through my undergraduate degree, I somehow ended up working at a juvenile correctional facility and I loved it.  Being able to have contact with these high-risk youth, counseling them and coming to understand that their behavior was a reflection of the trauma they were exposed to, was truly a gift.  Upon graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, I returned to do the work that I loved;  Read More...

Heidi Beckenbach, LPCC

California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #2767) - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist- Rapid Resolution Therapist


Hello my name is Heidi and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I am also a certified Hypnotherapist and received my training from the Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Energy Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


I was born and raised in New Jersey and received my BA in psychology from Rutgers University.  Read More...

Anka Dowd, MFT

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #90465) - Bereavement Counselor


I am a first generation Polish-American, fluent in Polish and English who can proudly call San Diego my home.  Although beginnings were not easy, my journey of learning a new language, adapting to a new country and establishing my identity as Polish-American taught me many invaluable lessons about resilience,  embracing change, working hard, thinking outside of the box and eventually steered me in the direction of Marriage and Family Therapy. 

I love to travel and am fascinated by people and cultures, which is why I spent one year of my undergraduate studies in France immersing myself in yet another Read More...

Shane Padamada, APCC

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #1796) - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Clinical Hypnotherapist -Rapid Resolution Therapist -PSYCH-K® Facilitator - Seeking Safety Facilitator - Yoga Teacher


Although we cannot change the past, or remove all uncertainty from the future, one thing remains regardless of what has or will happen: You are worthy of respect, love, peace, and healing. I am an advocate and practitioner of trauma-informed care and incorporate this framework into all that I do. My goal is to provide an empowering, nonjudgmental environment for compassionate self-reflection and safe exploration of practices that effectively nurture and revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.    Read More...