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...

Jonathan Boland, LCSW

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...

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...

Jessica Jacoby, LMFT

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #96381) - Anxiety - Life Transitions - Spirituality - Stress

 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#96381), and have treated adolescents and young adults for more than 8 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the beautiful University of British Columbia, and later returned to sunny California to complete my Master’s degree in Counseling, at California State University, Northridge. I have worked in outpatient treatment centers, community mental health centers, as well as academic settings.  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...