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.  

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

Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives. 


Clinical Therapist

Kevin Belcastro

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Changing your mind and changing world
clinical therapist

clifford delaney

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. 

-Marie Curie


En la vida no hoy nada que temer, solo hay que entender. -Marie Curie

associate therapist

Karina Ahumada

Associate 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
You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. 

-Dr. Maya Angelou 

associate therapist

randy wynglass

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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

-Brené Brown

Associate Social Worker

Tessa Friedeborn

Associate Clinical Social Worker
Don't go backwards—you've already been there. 

-Ray Charles

 Therapist Trainee

Jun Park

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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

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


July 13, 2020

Rediscovering Self-Care

This month's newsletter is all about self-care and guess what? URCC has your back! Learn about this month's newsletter and all the fun content, from using ice to decrease anxiety to our amazing pet corner! We have a lot of fun and interesting information for you to take care of yourself and get informed, even in quarantine!

July 13, 2020

Redescubrir el autocuidado

Este mes nuestro Newsletter se enfoca en el cuidado personal. ¿Y adivina qué? ¡URCC esta aquí para ti! Conozca nuestro boletín del mes y todo el nuevo contenido que viene, desde comer helado para disminuir la ansiedad hasta nuestro increíble rincón de las mascotas. Tenemos mucha información divertida e interesante para que usted se cuide y se informe, ¡incluso en esta cuarantena!

June 20, 2020

LGBTQ+ Pride Newsletter

The internship team, composed of individuals spanning from across the United States and from different professional interests, expertises and backgrounds, features Matthew Lioe, Nicole Golba, Armando Torres, Uzoamaka Nwafor, Juan Ramirez, Miranda Diaz and Jun Park. Each individual brings skills to a different aspect of what makes URCC so special. Spend some time getting to know the faces behind the screen!

Traducido por Miranda Diaz


Con más de 18 años de experiencia corporativa en América y con la propiedad en sus manos, no nos sorprende que April Laster sea la directora ejecutiva y fundadora de una conocida organización sin fines de lucro en San Diego: Open Heart Leaders.

Written by Nicole Golba


With 18 plus years of experience in corporate America and with ownership under her belt, it’s no surprise that April Laster is the CEO and founder of a well-known nonprofit organization in San Diego: Open Heart Leaders. 


Anything But Phluid: Angelle Maua’s Aha Moment

For The Gender Phluid Collective (GPC), nothing stresses dismantling a sizable set of narratives better than their mission statement of helping one on one, one at a time. It’s no easy feat, but a communal effort and work done largely in part by Angelle Ma...


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.