About Us

Julieann Myers, MSW, LCSW, MAC, EMDR and CSAT Certified

Julieann has more than 28 years experience working with adolescents and adults with Mood Disorders, Addictions, Trauma, ADHD, Relationship and Intimacy Disorders.  She is Certified in EMDR and also serves as an EMDR Consultant. She is Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through IITAP® and is a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor through NAADAC, and is trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model, Psychosomatic Therapies, Attachment Models and Sex Therapy. She is a highly lauded speaker, program development specialist and trainer in Women’s Issues, Adolescent and Family Treatment. Her style is active and engaging. Clients appreciate her extensive training and education that is apparent in her “laser focused” insight and approach. “Personal authenticity” is often referred to as a key element of her success with clients.  Julieann has developed two successful private practices (Colorado and California) with the most recent being Julieann Myers – Center for Healthy Change. This group practice offers a clinically collaborative team approach using a trauma-informed relational and attachment based model to address issues of addiction, mood disorders, relationships, and trauma. This approach sets the Center apart because it combines the insight, skills and talents of a truly multidisiplinary team to converge in the treatment plan for increased effectivness – a value add for our clients. Julieann takes pride in her highly-experienced team of clinicians, and insists upon utmost professionalism, excellence, and measurable outcomes for all clients.

Laurie Chapman, LMFT, EMDR Certified
Laurie Chapman has provided therapy and consultation services for the past 22 years. Her client base includes individuals, couples, families, athletes, and non-profit corporations. She provides services to individuals and families across a myriad of issue areas and has developed specific expertise in the areas of women’s issues, performance enhancement, couples in transition, grief and loss, trauma, military families, stress-management, and adolescence. Her athletic base includes working with nationally ranked competitors in long distance running, track and field, figure skating, and cycling. She is an EMDR certified practitioner and has extensive training in Strategic and Solution-focused therapeutic interventions. Laurie graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in psychology and a minor in business and has a Master’s Degree in the Science of Counseling from San Diego State University. She competed as an All-American distance runner in college and was a competitive athlete with the Santa Monica and San Diego Track Clubs until retiring several years ago. In addition, Laurie has 10 years of experience in executive management with San Diego Youth Services, a non-profit corporation, and currently serves as clinical consultant for the organization. A frequent expert guest on the lecture circuit, Laurie has been featured on San Diego’s Fox 5 and KFWB news stations, and she is a featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The techniques Laurie uses are derived from cutting edge therapy models and include EyeMovement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Brief Strategic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. These models focus on the enhancement of individual strengths and the removal of old thought and communication patterns that prevent people from achieving what they desire. Our work together will feel like a partnership and the end result will be a problem solved.
Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA
Rafael brings a wealth of skill and meaningful experience to our team.  Rafael is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and as a  bilingual/bicultural therapist he has delivered clinical and consultation services in both Mexico and the United States. He has over 15 years of diverse experience serving individuals, couples, families and groups. Rafael has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from National University in San Diego, and he is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Gestalt Couples Therapist.  His experience includes diagnosis and treatment of  Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar), Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Grief and Loss, Dual Diagnosis (Substance abuse and a mental health disorder), Trauma, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Dream work, Couples therapy and Gestalt oriented psychotherapy.  He is a former Lead Faculty member at the Humanistic Institute of Gestalt Psychotherapy.  Rafael has also served as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Sharp Mesa Vista Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Program, as a Staff Therapist at the LGBT Center, as a Bereavement Counselor at San Diego Hospice, and as a Lead Clinical Psychiatric Social Worker at Bayview Behavioral Health Campus.  A popular speaker on the national and international circuit, Rafael also enjoys providing inspirational, clinical and professional development workshops, training and technical assistance.
Kathryn (Katie) O’Brasky, LCSW
 Katie01Katie brings 25+ years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to the Center for Healthy Change. Her therapeutic style is to create a safe environment to explore painful emotions and destructive relationship patterns. She is both direct and nurturing so that the client can get honest feedback in a supportive, protected space. Katie believes that therapy is a collaborative process, viewing her role as assisting the client to identify sources of pain and the road blocks to happiness. Katie’s career has included working with patients of all ages with a primary focus on adolescents and adults. Her strengths include: significant experience with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, addictions, codependency, out of control sexual behavior/sexual health and trauma. Katie treats family dysfunction, women’s issues, parenting, ADHD and school issues. Katie draws from a combination of therapeutic approaches, including family systems, psychodynamic, psycho-educational, cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapy. Katie has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), TRM (trauma resiliency model) and Post Induction Therapy (exploring childhood relational trauma that create unhealthy relational patterns in adulthood). Additionally, she is trained in Doug Braun-Harvey’s model of treating out of control sexual behavior and teaching sexual health. Katie has significant experience in inpatient settings and in Employee Assistance Programs, wherein she worked with client companies to resolve company and employee issues.

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
With over 34 years in leadership development, Paul is a master trainer, program evaluator and organizational development specialist.  At the Center he helps clients build personal and professional capacity by helping them to strengthen their organizational culture. Team building, strategic planning, funding streams, measuring outcomes are all part and parcel of his work.  Increased productivity, improved customer loyalty, resolution and prevention of conflict are all outcomes that can be expected.  Paul also serves across the nation designing and conducting program evaluation systems for organizations seeking to better understand their progress.  At the Center he provides one-to-one advising and technical assistance to individuals building their businesses and careers. Paul also provides a wide range of technical assistance to philanthropists and non-profit organizations engaged in the helping professions. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic University and the UCLA Graduate School of Social Welfare.
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

Dana1Dana 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.

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