Julieann Myers, MSW, LCSW, MAC, EMDR and CSAT Certified
Laurie Chapman, LMFT, EMDR Certified
Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA
Kathryn (Katie) O’Brasky, LCSW
Michelle Vercelli, LMFT
Lauren Lee Walker, JD, MS, IMFT
Lauren graduated from UCLA with a degree in Art History and then continued at UCLA to obtain her law degree. She practiced law as a civil litigator for 8 years in San Diego before deciding to pursue a career as a therapist. Lauren completed her Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at San Diego State University. During the first year of her Masters program, Lauren provided counseling services to a diverse client population at the Center for Counseling & Community Engagement. During the second year of her program, she worked as a Therapist Trainee at Narrative Initiatives San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling services in the Center for Health and Wellbeing in Hillcrest. While at NISD, Lauren worked with individuals, couples, and families facing a variety of challenges including life transitions, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. Lauren has been providing counseling services to clients since August of 2015. She is also a trained doula, and enjoys working with women and families through the transitions accompanying pregnancy and childbirth. She views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one and seeks to support clients in accessing and developing their own skills and strengths to overcome their challenges. She is obtaining specialized training and is being directly supervised by Julieann Myers, LCSW, MAC, EMDR and CSAT Certified.
Paul Cardenas, MSW, Managing Partner
Diane Moore, LCSW
Diane believes in the goodness, resilience and innate strength of people. Her joy is found in facilitating positive growth and individual empowerment. She has a knack for making meaningful and empowering connections with clients to assist in the process of creating healthy and affirming change. Clients who want to develop improved choices and increased joy in their lives, or the lives of their children and loved ones, will benefit from Diane’s help. As an experienced clinician and a reliable communicator, she consistently helps others toward healing and positive change in a warm and caring manner. With many years of experience working with youth and young adults who struggle with mood, behavioral issues and mental illness, she utilizes a variety of research-based techniques, including (but not limited to) CBT, Trauma Focused-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, NLP, MER and Mindfulness. Working with renowned psychiatrists and clinicians at the University of Michigan Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry program greatly shaped her clinical skills and clinical process. Seeing families make great changes both moves and inspires Diane.
Dana Davis, MA, LMFT, EMDR Certified
Dana Davis brings over 19 years of intensive therapeutic experience to the Center. Her approach to counseling provides a safe supportive environment to gain insight and awareness, to acquire new resources and tools, and to create opportunities for positive growth and change. Dana uses an array of evidence-based, proven techniques and theories to help clients reach their goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness, Lifespan Integration, Parenting by Connection and Positive Psychology modalities. Her role as a therapist is to reinforce an individual’s strengths and resources while shifting destructive patterns to lead a person to a higher quality of life. Dana loves the work she does and seeks out opportunities to continually improve the quality and depth of her services. She concentrates primarily on adults, teens and couples, with an emphasis on relationship issues, parenting, grief and loss, women’s issues, trauma, depression and anxiety as well as general stress management.
Katy Joy Freeman, LMFT, Mindfulness Instructor
For the past 17 years Katy Joy has been helping others improve their mood, self-care habits, and positive coping skills. She has worked with Individuals, couples, families, and groups to promote well-being and personal empowerment. Katy Joy has success working with a variety of issues including Mood Disorders, Food Addiction, Relapse Prevention, Divorce Support, Caregiver Stress, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, ADHD, Health Challenges, Women’s Issues, and Adjustment Issues. She specializes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which includes practical breathing and meditation exercises to reduce stress and increase an overall sense of well-being. Her compassionate and positive approach assists others in improving their mental, physical, and emotional health. Her Mindful Living Workshops provide a nurturing environment to gain awareness, insight, and tools to live a happier, healthier, and balanced life.
Lauren Sitzmann, Executive Assistant and Neurofeedback Technician
Lauren is the newest member of our team. She assists in many areas of the Center’s activities and also delivers Neurofeedback services using the “BrainPaint” technologies. Her background includes working with young women to develop communication skills, self-reliance, life-skills, personal fitness and healthy eating. Lauren graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Health Promotion- Human Physiology from the University of Iowa, minoring in Mass Communication. Stop in and say hello – she’ll surely brighten your day.