About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce intergenerational trauma by changing the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities understanding of mental health

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.

2021 inspiration award honoree

Urban Restoration Counseling Center was nominated by NAMI San Diego & Imperial County (NAMI SD/IC) for the Trendsetter Award. The Trendsetter Award is awarded to organizations/ individuals that use "out of the box" thinking to help destigmatize mental health issues. 

This is the acceptance speech held at the 18th Annual NAMI San Diego & Imperial Counties Color Ball & Inspiration Awards from co-founders, Janel King and Shanelle D. Johnson. 

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.  

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

Be gentle with yourself. 

 -Lydia Eng

Chief operations officer & co-founder 


Shanelle D. Johnson

Laughter through my tears is my favorite emotion!

-Steel Magnolias, the Movie

Operations Director

associate marriage and family therapist

diego flores

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

-George Bernard Shaw

domestic violence program manager

licensed marriage and family therapist


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

clifford delaney

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 

licensed marriage and family therapist

Tarrah Oktavec

“Love her but leave her wild.” 


 Associate marriage and family therapist 

Ronnae Beech

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 

 associate marriage and family therapist 

Farah Jadhavji

"and here you are living despite it all"

 - Rupi Kaur

 therapist trainee

Fonda yeh

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

“ Be Kind... You never know what someone is going through” Unknown 

Associate marriage and family therapist

Teri acosta

“Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. How could they know how long it will take to heal you?”   — Abertoli


therapist Trainee

Sasha Ambrose 

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
“When was the last time you told your story? It is the telling that heals...the story tells us and
saves us.” - Mark Nepo


therapist Trainee

Joanna Lima 

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn


therapist Trainee

James RickeL  

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“The best thing you could do is MASTER the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire,YOU ARE THE FIRE.” - Mama Indigo

therapist Trainee

Mariza Maldonado

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within you.” Maya Angelou

therapist Trainee

Jacquiline Johnson

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."

- C.S Lewis.

therapist Trainee

Monica Morales-Harrison

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

“The art of letting shit go and loving yourself” ~Emily Sunset Martinez

therapist Trainee

Emily Martinez


Marriage Family Therapist 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:


ENROLL TODAY: 52 weeks Domestic Violence Offender Program.

Urban Restoration Counseling Center is excited to offer Domestic Violence Offender Classes that are Centrally Located in San Diego. To enroll, call 619-648-1158, email info@urbanrestorationcounseling.org or click the link here to submit your information.

Therapy for ALL 

Urban Restoration Counseling Center is excited to provide no/low cost therapy counseling services. 

To enroll:

CALL - (619) 648-1158 

EMAIL - info@urbanrestorationcounseling.org 

click the link here to submit your information.


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.

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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.

Donor advised funds 

TAX ID Number: 38-4104888


1925 Euclid Ave, Suite 108, San Diego, CA, 92105

Schwab Charitable™ donor-advised fund

Fidelity Charitable

Silicon Valley Community Foundation





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