About The Team

Online Therapist Esmeralda Christensen
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 - Telehealth Provider


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 - Telehealth Provider


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...

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Jonathan Boland, LCSW

California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #75787) - Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Telehealth Provider


My job is to have hope for people, and I have a passion for assisting others reach their fullest potential in life. I believe all human beings hold inherent worth and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter who you are, where you've been, and what you've done. You have value, and you matter. 


Whatever you're going through, I am here to support you, without judgment or bias. My approach to therapy is down-to-earth, meeting people where they are Read More...

Mariana Barajas, MFT

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #124611) - Children & Adolescents - Parenting - Family Therapy - Play Therapy - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Telehealth Provider


After an 11-year career working with young children and their families in early childhood settings, I realized the impact that our earliest experiences play in our life as we mature. After graduating in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology I have worked in a variety of settings and with ages 3 to 65+. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my passion is helping adults, children and their families move through periods of life adjustments to build stronger attachments and healthy boundaries. Read More...

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Anka Dowd, MFT

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


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, LPCC

California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #9228) - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Clinical Hypnotherapist -Rapid Resolution Therapist -EMDR - PSYCH-K® Facilitator - Seeking Safety Facilitator - Yoga Teacher - Telehealth Provider


I am so grateful that you have taken the brave first steps to seeking and/or reconnecting to additional support and services at this time. It takes tremendous courage to embark on this journey. Please remember that you don’t have to do it alone, and that healing is possible. 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. Read More...

Shane Padamada, PCCI
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Edith Romero-Cabral, MFT

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #126863) - Anxiety - Depression - Life Transitions -  Stress - Rapid Resolution Therapy - Play Therapy - Incredible Years Parent Group Leader - Telehealth Provider


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#126863). I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, from Antioch University, Santa Barbara; a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, from Sacramento State University. I have trained in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Modification, Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy and most recently I trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy with Dr. Jon Connelly. Read More...

Brittany Woodard, APCC

California Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #10260) Mindfulness - Reality Choice - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - Emotional Freedom Technique - Positive Psychology - Guided Meditation - Emotional Support Animal Assessments - Telehealth Provider - Clinical Supervision by Esmeralda S. Christensen, LMFT, LPCC


Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, career issues or daily stressors - I can help. My counseling approach takes advantage of your natural abilities to heal; is easy on you and will help you grow as quickly and painlessly as possible. You'll discover ways to take care of yourself by improving your mind, your body, and renewing your spirit. Read More...

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