Your interests. Your outcomes. That’s what we’re all about. By the time people get to us they have usually been through the wringer. No preprogrammed, canned approaches here – instead, a plan designed specifically with you. In other words, you don’t simply get a therapist, you get an engaged, motivated, caring and experienced team working on what’s important to you.
Julieann Myers, MSW, LCSW, MAC, EMDR, Approved EMDRIA Consultant and CSAT Certified
Sometimes it surprises me that it has been more than 26 years since I began working with adolescents and adults with Addictions, Mood Disorders, Trauma, ADHD, Relationship and Intimacy Disorders. This fascinating work led me to Certification in EMDR, and eventually as an EMDR Consultant to others learning how to use these skills to help people. New awarenesses came up along the way, and soon I trained to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through IITAP. Seeking new understanding constantly, I became Nationally Certified as a Master Addiction Counselor through NAADAC, trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model and Psychosomatic Therapies, Attachment Models and Sex Therapy. It is a wonderful journey because I am energized by people like you daily. With a responsibility to share, my work takes on the role of public speaker, program innovator and trainer in Women’s Issues, Adolescent and Family Treatment with Mood Disorders and Addictions across our Country. Often I’m told my style is active and engaging… and that feels good. It is important to never forget it is just as important to be a “learner” as a “teacher,” so I strive to maintain extensive training and education – this comes to life in a “laser focused” insight when we sit down together. My pledge is a “personal authenticity” that you will see from our earliest session, and this is something we will build upon to create success together. It has been a long road, having developed two successful private practices, Colorado and California, with the most recent being Julieann Myers – Center for Healthy Change. The group practice you are reading about in these pages offers a clinically collaborative team approach using trauma-informed relational and attachment based models to address issues of addiction, mood disorders, relationships, and trauma. Forgive me if I sound too prideful, but our team is highly experienced and caring, and we insist upon utmost professionalism, excellence, and measurable outcomes always.
Diane Moore, LCSW, EMDR Trained, Mindfulness Expert
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.
David Larson, MD, Psychiatrist and Integrative Medicine Physician
David Larson, M.D. (most patients call him “Dr. Dave”), is an integrative medicine physician, author, and speaker who is passionate about helping patients create vibrant health. Dr. Dave Larson has dedicated his life to exceptional experiences and professional training. A native San Diegan, Dave graduated from Brown University, spent a year in Spain as a teacher and researcher on a Fulbright Fellowship, and then went on to work in rural India on a grassroots public health program. Following his calling to medicine, he then attended USC’s Keck School of Medicine and graduated with highest distinction, earning the Alpha Omega Alpha merit scholarship. He then spent 6 years at UCSD for post-graduate residency training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and also completed a fellowship in integrative and holistic medicine through the University of Arizona. He is double-board certified by both the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a voluntary clinical professor at the UCSD School of Medicine.
Katy Joy Freeman, LMFT, MB-EAT trainer, Certified Yoga and QiGong Instructor
For over 20 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 and struggles with unregulated eating, Relapse Prevention, Divorce Support, Caregiver Stress, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, ADHD, Health Challenges, and issues related to managing Chronic Pain, Women’s Issues, PTSD, and Adjustment Issues. She specializes in incorporating Mindfulness Practices (including Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Principles of MB-EAT, and Mindful Movement). She integrates breath work, and meditation exercises to calm the nervous system and increase one’s ability to relax and flow with the rhythm of life. Her compassionate and non-judgmental approach assists others in improving their mental, physical, and emotional health. She provides a nurturing environment to gain awareness, insight, and tools to live a happier, healthier, and balanced life.
Paul Cardenas, MSW, Management & Leadership Specialist
With over 34 years in leadership development, Paul is a master trainer, program evaluator and organizational development coach. At the Center he helps clients build personal and professional capacity by helping them to strengthen their organizational culture. Team building, strategic planning, 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 opportunities. 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.
Wesley Yu, LMFT, EMDR Level II
Wesley is a compassionate healer who possess an inquisitive approach to understanding and aligning with his clients. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist he provides a safe space for internal exploration, and believes in a collaborative approach towards nurturing the wounded self. Wes’ career has included helping clients suffering with co-occurring disorders, while also also addressing other difficulties surrounding mood disorders, addictions, men’s issues, stress management, conduct disorders, PTSD and adjustment disorders. He draws on a variety of evidence based techniques to promote healing – including but not limited to mindfulness, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, CBT, ego-state therapy and EMDR. He also brings a strong background in Meditation, Mindfulness and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). Wesley has been working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the field of mental health for the past seven years. Wesley’s experience in therapy incorporates both traditional Western psychotherapy along with Eastern philosophies of meditation and mindfulness to create a platform for growth, acceptance, and peace. Wesley earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from The University of California, Riverside, and his Master’s of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. As a part of his graduate studies, he worked directly with offenders of domestic violence offering anger management treatment. After completing his Master’s Program, Wesley worked with a mixture of clients in both the non-profit setting as well as the private sector.
Katie Barr, LCSW
With over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, families, and adults, whether having a crisis, struggling with a mental health diagnosis, need for emotional support or wishing to have a better understanding of yourself and your relationships, Katie will help you determine how to deal with these issues effectively for long lasting relief. Having served in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, outpatient services, school settings, victims of crime settings, and the department of defense, she has extensive skill with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the areas of crisis intervention, addiction, mood disorders, and parenting issues. Her approach is positive, affirming, and nurturing, and she uses a variety of techniques depending on each client’s needs. Katie is especially skilled at working from both the cognitive/behavioral perspective and the family systems frame of reference. Specializations include working with difficult adolescents, couples therapy, crisis intervention, depression, anxiety and stress, women issues, family conflict/parenting issues, student issues, and victims of crime.
Dana Davis, M.S., MFT
Dana 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. She uses an array of proven techniques and theories to help clients reach their goals. She views her role as a therapist as one that to reinforces an individual’s strengths and resources while shifting destructive patterns to lead a person to a higher quality of life. Many things contribute to Dana’s ongoing success as a licensed therapist – with over 20 years of experience, ongoing training and professional support, love for the work itself, and belief in the healing process. Dana concentrates primarily on services to adults, teens and couples. Her areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, grief and loss, women’s issues, trauma, and stress management.
Wendi Cohen, Integrative Healthy Change Practitioner
Megan Goodrich., Healthy Change Coach
Megan earned her BA in Anthropology from San Diego State University. She is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a Holistic Health Coach. She completed her education in nutritional theory, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She also holds certifications as a Nutritional Therapist, Detox Specialist, and Dietary Supplement Specialist from The Health Sciences Academy. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Integrative Psychology from Akamai University. Megan has been a SMART Recovery volunteer facilitator since 2014. She has completed training in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training). She was born and raised in San Diego, California. As a recovery coach Megan uses her training as well as her personal recovery experience to connect with and support others searching for practical solutions for their problematic addictive behavior. She relies on concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy, the community reinforcement approach, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and other therapeutic approaches, to act as an emotional, informational, and logistical support. She assists clients to identify their needs, identify and resolve personal/environmental obstacles, prioritize their goals, create plans of action, and maintain accountability.
Lauren Sitzmann, Executive Assistant, Certified Healthy Change Coach and Neurofeedback Technician
Lauren is an important member of our team assisting in many areas of the Center’s services. She is a Nationally Certified Health Coach and Certified Health Education Specialist offering healthy change coaching for clients who want to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes. Healthy changes can include exercise, eating habits, sleep hygiene, social connections, and stress management. Lauren also delivers Neurofeedback (also known as EEG biofeedback) as an alternative service for clients with brain regulation issues such as Anxiety, Stress, ADHD, Sleep, Migraines, etc. Her background includes working with young people to develop communication skills, self-reliance, life-skills, personal fitness, and healthy eating. Lauren graduated with a BA in Health Promotion & Human Physiology from the University of Iowa, minoring in Mass Communication. Stop by her office to say hello and enjoy some of her delicious hand-crafted infused water – she will surely brighten your day!
Amy Andersen, Yoga Therapist
Amy is a Trauma-informed Yoga Therapist, Advocate for Women in Recovery. A Skincare Expert and a Health Advocate, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of recovery and trauma. Having experienced her own life trauma and situational PTSD, and the personal healing she received through the practice of Trauma Informed Yoga, she decided to dive “all in” and study all she could and integrate it into her teaching career. She completed the 1,000 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification Course through Soul of Yoga and has centered her teaching and practice around Trauma and Recovery. Amy brings her passion, wisdom and compassion to her teaching. She is continually upgrading her studies and skills so she can offer the most helpful tools to help others. In Amy’s words “Trauma Informed Recovery Yoga is about creating a safe space to release stuck energy in our body. It is about self regulation and awareness… feeling safe in and around our bodies. To breathe fully in the moment and to be ok where we are at right now.”