About Us

Our Mission

We are dedicated to helping rehabilitate and rejuvenate the lives of those from disenfranchised communities by providing affordable outpatient counseling services.

Our Core values

Is the act of providing quality mental and behavioral health care to residents of disenfranchised communities in a manner that normalizes mental health recovery and creates long lasting change.  

Is the act of providing consumers, staff, clinicians and our community partners with the skills, resources, authority, opportunity, and motivation to make changes in their individual lives; which will create a ripple effect to restore and rebuild the communities in which they reside.

The day-to-day duty of every clinician, staff, and community partner joining together as a cohesive unit to improve the mental health of ourselves, our people and our community.  


What we do

We provide individual, couples, family, and group therapy.

Individual, Couples and Family Therapy 

We provide individual, couples/conjoint, and family therapy. We define conjoint therapy as two individuals that may be have a relationship like roommates, friends, or familial relationships like siblings.

Parenting Classes  

We offer parenting classes that teach parents the Love & Logic way of discipline your child that increases the esteem while fostering a healthier relationship. 

52 Week Court Mandated 

Domestic Violence Groups

We offer 52 week court mandated DVRT groups for individuals convicted of Domestic Violence. 

For more information email dvrt@urbanrestorationcounseling.org

Anxiety and Depression Groups 

We offer adults and teens groups for individuals struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

New Parent Wellness Groups

We are excited to partner with the San Diego chapter of Project Concern International. This partnership with PCI-Healthy Start creates a healing space for pregnant and new parents to focus on managing their mental health while caring for a new baby.

To pre-register for our groups that meet the 1st Tuesday of each month, please head to https://bit.ly/lovingnewmoms.  

ENROLL TODAY: The Journey of Parenting - Six Week Parenting Classes

Urban Restoration Counseling Center is excited to offer parenting classes based on LOVE and LOGIC once again! Classes will begin on September 15th at 6 PM. To enroll, please email info@urbanrestorationcounseling.org or click the link here to submit your information.

Our team

meet our clinical staff 

Urban Restoration Counseling Center is one of San Diego's budding mental health facilities. Our team is compiled of licensed therapist, as well as, associates and trainees and is committed to training the next generation of clinicians that are committed to creating spaces for healing for generations to come. 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

-Dr. Maya Angelou

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Janel King

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Be gentle with yourself. 

 -Lydia Eng

Chief operations officer & co-founder 

Shanelle D. Johnson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

Laughter through my tears is my favorite emotion!

-Steel Magnolias, the Movie

Operations Director

diego flores

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

-George Bernard Shaw

domestic violence program manager

janet matthews

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” ― Frida Kahlo
clinical therapist

clifford delaney

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good. 

-Carl Sagan 

associate therapist

Tarrah Oktavec

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

"I know who I am. I love who I am. I like what I do, and I like how I do it. I like my mistakes and I like the pace at which I learn from my mistakes. I don't want to be anybody else but me, and by knowing this, I want to continue figuring out who.... I am."       -Zoe Saldana

associate therapist

Chelsea Davis 

Associate Clinical Social Worker 

You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you can’t choose both. 

-Brené Brown

Associate therapist

Tessa Friedeborn

Associate Clinical Social Worker

You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you can’t choose both. 

-Brené Brown

Associate Therapist

Malik sampson 

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

-Helen Keller

 therapist trainee

Krista Smith

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“Love her but leave her wild.” 


 therapist trainee

Ronnae Beech

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

-Maya Angelou

 therapist trainee

Morgan kelly

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. 

- Maya Angelou 

 therapist trainee

Farah Jadhavji

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

"and here you are living despite it all"

 - Rupi Kaur

 therapist trainee

Fonda yeh

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

How we do what we do

insurance & payments


URCC Licensed Clinicians are contracted with the following insurance panels:

private pay

URCC Licensed Therapists and Associate Therapists accept cash pay clients. Each session is 45-50 minutes.

  • LICENSED therapist: 
  • $80 - Individual sessions
  • $100 - couples/conjoint sessions
  • $120 - Family session (3 or more persons)
  • associate THERAPIST:

What's new with us


February 2021 Newsletter

Black History Month

February 2021 Newsletter
In this newsletter we celebrate Black History Month and highlight some of our favorite Black artists, businesses, shows, movies, and more. Hear from Janel King, one of the founders of URCC as she discusses being Black in America and her role as a therapist in speaking with families, parents, and individuals at URCC.
Lastly, keep a lookout for our podcast @coffeewithsdj, and ask questions, suggest topics, whatever you want! We are doing it for YOU, and would like to give you what you need.

January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

January 2021 Newsletter
Happy New Year! In this months newsletter, we go over human trafficking, and what you can look out for. We are also excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, "Coffee with SDJ"! Feel free to send us a private message on our Facebook and Instagram with any questions or topics you would like us to discuss in our mental health podcast.

December 2020 Newsletter

End Of Year Reflection

December 2020 Newsletter
In our December newsletter, hear from co-founder of URCC - Janel King as she discusses end of year updates and reflects on 2020. In good news, URCC has now officially been certified as a 501(3)(c) charitable, nonprofit organization, which is something we are celebrating! We would also like to thank our 28 donors who raised $2,910 on Giving Tuesday. Their donations are going towards providing 6 people with 15 sessions of no cost/low cost therapy. Finally, we look forward to 2021, and as always are here to help.

Written by Nicole Golba

With no endpoint in sight, Sequieta Whitfield reflects on recovery

Recovery is more than a term—it’s a state of being. It’s more than an absence from mind-altering substances—it’s a conscious, active state of both physical and mental rehabilitation.

Written by Nicole Golba

Johanna Wilson: Showcasing Art and Architecture

For Johanna Victoria Wilson, architect and artist, showcasing the sensitive side of the human being is of utmost importance... 

Traducido por Miranda Diaz

Johanna Wilson: Presentando arte y arquitectura

Para Johanna Victoria Wilson, arquitecta y artista, mostrar el lado sensible del ser humano es de suma importancia... 


help us provide free/low cost services

Urban Restoration Counseling Center is committed to providing free to low cost therapy services for individuals in need. In order to do this we need the financial support of the community to make this dream come true. You can choose to support with a one time donation, monthly donation and/or sponsor one of our fundraising campaigns. 

  • Maternal Mental Health helps fund bi-monthly support groups and parenting classes for birthing and new parents. 
  • Stop Domestic Violence helps support fundraising for our Domestic Violence programs. This years area of focus is to rid the adolescent and teen domestic violence. 
  • Healing Our LGBTQ+ Rainbow helps fund therapy services specifically for Queer, Transgender, Black, Indigenous People of Color (QT-BIPOC) teens and Transitional Age Youth (TAY). 
  • Free Therapy For All helps fund free to low cost therapy services which may include covering insurance co-payments for those in need.

One Time Donation 

You can support URCC by making a one time donation. 

Monthly Donation

You can support mental health wellness with, as little as, a $5.00 monthly donation.

Sponsor a Campaign 

You can sponsor our: 

-Maternal Mental Health Program 

-Healing Our Rainbow (LGBTQ+) 

-Stop Domestic Violence 

-Free Therapy For All

Corporate Sponsorship

We would love to speak with you more about opportunities for corporate sponsorship. 




Please feel reach to reach out to us if you still have questions or want to connect with us further.