Our Licensed therapists

  • Licensed therapists are governed by the board of behavioral services 
  • May be able to accept SOME insurances 
  • Able to Accept Cash Payments 

Janel King, Co-founder

Licensed marriage and family therapist 

Are there times when you cannot explain the overwhelming emotions you are experiencing. I enjoy helping those who are seeking change and are motivated to do so. I believe people should always work toward becoming their best selves. I work with individuals, families, children, and adolescents. If your family is suffering from functioning in a loving and happy manner and you cannot figure out where the problem lies, family therapy may be the right choice for you. From learning to function with a new baby, blending, or newly transitioning teenagers, I can help.

I work from a loving space where I will assist you by building on your current strengths. Work together and individually in helping your family function to the best of the family's abilities.

If your child is struggling with an issue you cannot seem to help them overcome. I offer parent training, we will work through the struggles of setting limits, fear of bringing home a new baby for mother and father, or learning to understand the importance of bonding with your children.

Shanelle D. Johnson, Co-founder

licensed marriage and family therapist 

I am looking to work with individuals and couples that have managed to weather the storms of life but not without bumps, bruises, and scrapes. I want to work with couples that can't seem to communicate without arguing, that have difference styles of parenting, whose trust have been broken by moments of infidelity or lives impacted by medical and mental illness. I specialize in helping individuals and couples renew, rejuvenate, restore, or rebuild their relationships.

I am a relationship guide and mentor that works with individuals and couples to help them develop blueprint to resurrect, restore, and establish healthy and meaningful relationships. I am a warm, honest, and open therapist that offers a non-judgmental environment where you can safely explore the challenges of your relationships.

Janet Matthews

domestic violence program manager

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist 

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I believe in creating a comfortable and safe environment for my clients to share and explore their personal experiences without shame or judgment. I enjoy helping people to have enjoyable and satisfying lives and relationships. I love seeing individuals become the persons that they want to be, and succeed in their personal goals.

I have experience working with grief and bereavement, trauma, addictions, social skills training, and a variety of other mental health disorders. If you or someone you know has gotten in trouble with the law for domestic violence or sexual offending, I provide group or individual therapy for these populations.

It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. If you are in need of support, and a listening ear I can help. My desire is to help you to become healthier emotionally and mentally, and to live a joyful life.

Clifford Delaney 

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist 

It’s a blessing for you to tell your story; to reflect on life’s challenges and explore hopes and dreams; to find that safe place within to express life’s meaning; to talk of life’s journey with a sense of purpose. If these are the blessings you seek, tell your story. You are not alone. I would be blessed to listen. Sense the joy of life; experience the release of pain. Be blessed to recognize and experience control of your life.

I specialize in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and relationship issues. My approach integrates Family Systems, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Client Centered interventions. I am a trained Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual (CCTS-I).

"What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? There are so many silences to be broken." - Audre Lorde, 20th c. American writer


  • can accept cash pay Clients and victim or crime clients

Diego Flores

Operations Manager

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

My therapeutic style is collaborative and I invite those who are motivated to seek change including those from the LGBTQIA community, youth in transition (ages 16-24), and families in transition due to divorce, death, and re-marriage to come and speak with me. My specialty is couples counseling. Whether you are a monogamous couple or you are in a non-monogamous/polyamorous relationship, I provide space for couples who want to define who they are and what their relationship means to them now and moving forward.

I believe each relationship is unique and that couples want to make their relationship work but can keep hurting each other instead. I believe that people are resilient and strong and that you have the ability to change and use your life experience to rediscover your strength and overcome the stress that comes from your history, your biology, and your relationship.

I seek to help you access new skills that will improve your relationship, explore what has/hasn't worked in your past, learn what it means to be in a healthy relationship with yourself and those you love, and make changes to help you create the story of your life that best defines you. I know about relationships and mental health, you're the expert in your life, together we can reach your goals

Tarrah Oktavec

Associate Marriage And Family Therapist (AMFT)

The focus in my approach to therapy is to provide practical, tried and true, treatment that meet your values. We can work on a myriad of issues, some of which are handling transition periods, growing up, disconnection amongst family, relationship conflicts, addiction, or you’re worried about a possible condition like anxiety or depression. Do any of these questions resonate with you? Are you mistreating yourself or are those around you treating you poorly? Do you feel like people don’t understand you? Have there been times when you feel like you’re bored with life? Is your child seen as timid and have they been bullied?

There are two parts to keep in mind, how we work together during the session and completing independent tasks. Remember, practice creates change. I will guide you through an application of skills to improve communication, handle difficult emotions, cap negative thoughts, find solutions to problems, and increase your connection to the present moment.

Since you're here, I believe you are searching for a good fit. Come, talk about it. Let's uncover the possibility. I will follow your lead, at your pace and provide a space for the freedom to express yourself and eventually take control of your life.

Farah Jadhavji

Associate Marriage And Family Therapist (AMFT)

I wholeheartedly believe that telling your story, no matter how difficult it is, can lead to relief and healing. When we hold in our thoughts, feelings and emotions, we tend to hold on to this feeling of heaviness and frustration. 

My goal is to facilitate your storytelling so that you can better understand yourselves. I am looking to work with individuals and couples who are motivated to seek change. I believe that therapy is a space for deep self-discovery that will allow you to make informed decisions, re-educate yourself, and re-parent yourself. 

I want to work with individuals who have been impacted by emotional abuse from their narcissistic partners or family systems. It’s easy to become blinded by love and lose yourself in a relationship, but I believe everyone should have the opportunity to live their best individualized lives as they continue to foster healthy, balanced relationships. 

My therapeutic approach is integrative, multicultural, transparent, collaborative and person-centered. I have been described as warm but direct, personable, authentic and validating. I work with all types of issues but my specialties include healing from narcissistic/abusive relationships and families, emotional abuse and reactive abuse, depression/anxiety, anger, low self-worth, and cultural issues (inter-generational trauma, identity issues, etc.) 

If you are dealing with an issue or a relationship that you can’t seem to overcome, I can offer you a safe, non-judgmental environment where I can be of support to you in your journey and help you reach your goals. I offer individual, couple, and family sessions.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” - Maya Angelou.  

Teri Acosta 

Associate Marriage And Family Therapist (AMFT)

Something’s not right.

It feels like there’s an invisible and unmovable wall between you and the life you desire.
You seem to run into it when you try to do change, repair, or walk away from concerning behavior, family problems, work related issues, or troubled relationships.

So why is the wall there? The answer is different for each person. Common underlying causes are low self-worth, a lack of relational/coping skills, ongoing conflict, unresolved trauma. generational patterns of dysfunction relationships, abuse, and substance use.

My area of emphasis /specialty is helping individuals and couples like yourself not only get unstuck and resolve your current issues, but in the process to also uncover, discover, and set free the incredible, one-of-a-kind person you were born to be!

Bottom line is you’re stuck. and your attempts to get through, around, over, or under the wall have not produced positive results.

Fellow Sojourner, it seems to me that today would be a good day to reach out and let someone help you walk through the issue that has you reading therapist profiles. I’d like to be that person.

My therapeutic style is personal, compassionate, open, bold, at times humorous, and most importantly, effective.

Meet Our Clinical Supervisors

Shanelle D. Johnson, LMFT

Janet Matthews, LMFT

Janel King, LMFT

(left to right)

Our therapist trainees

  • master's level graduate students enrolled in graduate programs throughout the nation
  • can accept cash pay clients
  • providers for the therapy for ALL program

Ronnae Beech 

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Before pursuing psychology and becoming an MFT I didn’t know what my passion was and I had a lot of hobbies. It took me to try all of my hobbies in order to come back to my interest in the human mind. I’ve always been the “go to” for advice or giving it to you straight so I figured why not make a career of it. It comes pretty natural to me so I find myself being person centered in my therapy. 

I like to have real conversations with real people and allow space to let their hair down while they get the support they need. My job is my to listen to you, help you work through your current issues and ways that help you improve. My goal is to get everyone to max out on their self love and personal (self) journey in life, or whatever that may look like to them. I am gifted at helping people identify their own personal happiness, learn to set healthy and clear boundaries and learn to live free of external validation. 

I find my happiness, serving underserved and underrepresented communities. It is so rewarding to see my clients blossom and truly step into their strengths. 

Sasha Ambrose  

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am a second year graduate student at the University of San Diego. Currently, I am a MFT Trainee working under the supervision of Janel King, LMFT. In May 2022, I will be graduating with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and I couldn’t be more excited to get started with my passion of helping others just like you.

If you feel like you are stuck in life and are looking for a way to change yourself for the better, I am here to help! My goal as a therapist is to help you navigate the struggles life brings and set you on a path towards overcoming them.

Thank you for taking the time to find out a little about me and I hope to have a chance to talk with you soon!

Fonda Yeh  

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

Finding a therapist is hard. You want someone who can truly see and hear you, who has the cultural competence to understand where you’re coming from and the knowledge to help you get to where you want to be.

As a therapist in training, I hold an intersectional lens and am passionate about working with BIPOC women on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.

We’ll work collaboratively to view your struggles with curiosity instead of judgment and reclaim your narrative on the journey to becoming your authentic self. 

Joanna Lima  

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I value holistic health, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. As a Navy spouse of 17 years and mom to a teenager, I am familiar with the military lifestyle and the impact it has on every family member. Previously, I earned degrees in Religious Studies and Library Science. I've worked as a classroom teacher and a librarian; now, I bring my love of learning into therapy sessions to discover how I can be helpful to you in your journey.

Collaboration is key to successful therapy. In the short-term, I work with you to develop effective strategies for coping with the stressors in your life. In the long-term, we will move toward growing deep roots, embracing change, and unlocking the power and potential already within you. Throughout our work, I attune to the language you use to talk about your experiences, and I listen for your innate strengths and resilience. I believe that human connection and ethical relationship are the foundation for healing and growth.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me. I look forward to supporting you in creating the life you want.

James Rickel  

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Life can be stressful and confusing at times. Some days can be overwhelming and a struggle. Sometimes, even everyday tasks can be difficult. Stress, anxiety, disappointment, and conflict can occur when our expectations of the present are different from what truly is.

Know that you are not alone.

I believe in creating a safe environment free from judging. A place to explore the complexities of life. We will work together to find solutions to these complexities, to foster the strength to overcome adversity, and to discover the tools to help with this. I may not have all of the answers, but together we can try and discover them.
Asking for help can be a difficult task. This first step is yours…the rest we can do together.

Sometimes, just talking to someone helps.

Jacqueline Johnson


Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

The journey of life was never promised to be a smooth ride to anyone. Complete health is being intentional about your physical, social, and mental well-being. When we are able to step back and look at ourselves from this perspective- truly seeing what represents us as a “whole” person, it is easier to see the steps we need to take in our individual journeys to reach goals in those destinations. I want to let you know that is never a road you need to go down on your own! I believe that everyone brings something unique to them to this life- your strengths, differences, struggles, etc. and the things that we go through help tell OUR personal story.

My goal in therapy is to ultimately partner with you to integrate whatever spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional goals/needs that you may have and work together to create lasting change and a positive future. The relationship between the mind, body, and spirit plays an integral role in a person’s journey. I am not here to play the part of a teacher or friend, but instead using skills that I’ve learned to partner with you as an individual. I am an open, warm, intentional, and authentic person seeking to collaborate with you and allow a safe space for you to be…you.

My general approaches to our therapeutic relationship will be integrative, but Person-Centered, Holistic, and Solution Focused. If it sounds like we may be a good fit together, I would love to come alongside you on your journey to help you reach those different destinations.

Mariza Maldonado  

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

With the many obstacles thrown at us daily, it is not uncommon to find yourself in a place of uncertainty, a place where you are overcome by a plethora of emotions that lead to participation in alarming behaviors or leave you feeling debilitated. If this is you, I am proud of you for making it here and reading this far. Through acknowledgment of your suffering and your participation in a collaborative therapeutic relationship, you will be on your way to reaching your goals and beginning your healing journey.

I offer a safe and healing space free of judgment. In this space, we focus on your unique goals and tailor treatment to your specific needs. I walk alongside you to support you in paving a new path and changing the narrative of your story so that you can begin to walk in alignment with your true and higher self.

Reaching out for support is the first step towards beginning your healing journey.



Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

Sharing your deepest thoughts with a complete stranger can be frightening. “How does this work? What should I say? Do I even need a therapist?” If these are your words, trust me, I get it! These were my thoughts just a few years ago. Since then I’ve learned that choosing a therapist can be like choosing an ally. As a therapist trainee, I am committed to supporting you on your path to emotional balance, true change and real connection with others.
Our journey will be one of progress through developing insight, learning new tools and skills for managing problems, and creating new behaviors to replace old habits. Together we can build on the experiences of your past, so you may move more confidently into your future.
If the difficulties in your life are weighing you down and you don’t know where to start or nothing you’ve tried worked, let’s sort through it together. In being humble, open and transparent, we’ll build an authentic relationship that focuses on your goals and the improvements you want to see in your life.
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."- C.S Lewis.
Shall we begin?
Couples, teens, families and individuals are all welcomed. I cannot wait to meet you!
I offer a safe and healing space free of judgment. In this space, we focus on your unique goals and tailor treatment to your specific needs. I walk alongside you to support you in paving a new path and changing the narrative of your story so that you can begin to walk in alignment with your true and higher self.

Reaching out for support is the first step towards beginning your healing journey.

Emily Martinez 

Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

“Simply put, the art of letting shit go and loving yourself is about being politely un-apologetic of oneself and where you are at. It is about accepting that you cannot change the past but can decide how you choose to live in your present. It is about not letting external influences validate your worth or living up to someone else’s ideals that leave you feeling restricted. It is more about feeling empowered in your vulnerability and knowing it is ok to not know what you don’t know.
The art of letting shit go and loving yourself is about not letting life become a never-ending struggle or a tasteless journey of wanting to just figure it out. It is about enjoying the discovery wherever that may be. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) it has brought insight to individuals, couples, and ethical nonmonogamies, ages 17 beyond awareness of the lens they are viewing life from and supporting them in brining ease and flow to their life. Through my work on many topics such as self-esteem concerns’, anxiety, LGBTQA, addiction, depression, sexual trauma, relationship issues, career changes, and seeking spiritual guidance to deepen their relationship with the divine can bring on lots of pressure and makes one not operate at their full capacity. If you are ready to be your full self lets let that shit go together!

Our Case Managment team 

  • What is Case Management?
    • Case management is a means for improving clients’ health and promoting wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identification of service resources, and facilitation of service.
  • How does case management help our clients? 
    •  It is a wholistic approach to Addressing and handling the needs of our clients (e.g., addressing medical, physical, functional, emotional, financial, psychosocial, behavioral, spiritual, and other needs), as well as those of their support systems.
  • how does it benefit our clients?
    • The goals of case management are first and focused on improving the clients clinical, functional, emotional, andenvorinmental and mental health status. 

dominique elms 

Case Management Intern 

Gabriela Gutierrez

Case Management Intern

Caroline argote

Case Management Intern