Meet The Board

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, CADC I, and Certified EMDR Therapist. She has had the opportunity to work at various non-profit settings along the West Coast. Recently, she developed a trauma-informed counseling program for a local non-profit in San Diego. She was in charge of developing trauma-informed policies and procedures to meet the needs of the Mira Mesa community. She continues to work at the counseling program as the program manager/clinical supervisor. Her passion is treating substance use, trauma, and LGTBQ issues. She also supervises a small group of interns in their practicum. In her spare time, she is a member of the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team and a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer.


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Kathryn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, born and raised in San Diego, CA. Kathryn’s clinical experience includes treatment of individuals and couples in the aftermath of psychiatric hospitalization, managing severe mental illness, substance induced or medically induced psychosis, adjustment to major medical diagnosis, and stress management for working professionals with personality disorders. Currently, Kathryn is a medical case manager for Molina Healthcare CA, Adjunct Professor of Psychology for Vincennes University Military Education Program, and CEO Counseling SDC.

Private practice website: www.counselingSDC.com


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Erica is a private practice therapist specializing in supporting adults with trauma, attachment wounds, and substance misuse. Her practice is conveniently located in Mission Valley. Erica has worked as a psychotherapist since 2005 and is originally from Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including community mental health, dual diagnosis treatment programs, and college counseling centers. Erica's responsibilities have included prevention education (suicide, substance misuse, and sexual violence), as well as, mental health stigma reduction through providing workshops and planning events.  Erica is part of San Diego's Trauma Response Network.  She is passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and other traumatic events. She is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and some of her therapeutic approaches include AF-EMDR, IFS, CBT, and MI

Private practice website: www.ericathompsontherapy.com


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Mary is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and prospective Certified Child Centered Play Therapist. She currently works in a private group practice, Family Connections Therapy, where she provides therapy to children and youth ages 0 through 18 and their families. Mary's experience includes adult inpatient and outpatient, as well as school, clinic-based, and private practice services for children and adolescents. She plans to further her career by developing an online platform for therapists and mental health practitioners to build community, network, and share interventions helpful for the child and adolescent population. Working with youth is one of Mary’s greatest passions. Eventually, she hopes to become an expert in providing therapy to children ages 0 to 5


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Sara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In her private practice, Sara focuses on working with women experiencing high stress, depression, anxiety, or recovering from trauma or major life changes. Sara is also passionate about working with family and friends of people with substance misuse, including teens. She provides EMDR and other trauma-based treatments to individuals who have experienced trauma.  Sara previously worked with older adults who suffered from homelessness, severe persistent mental illness, and often substance misuse. She had the opportunity to serve as a therapist and then program manager for a county contracted program providing trauma focused therapy to children and families navigating the foster care system. In her life outside of being a therapist, Sara is a mom, artist, and loves nature and yoga. She wants to help remove the shame that some people feel about mental illness and therapy.  


Private practice website: www.saracolemft.com


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Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist providing therapy, case management, and intensive outpatient services for clients in San Diego. She has history of working with youth in a variety of settings, including outpatient, residential, and crisis shelters. She also has experience working with the military as a therapist on military bases. She practices a variety of modalities, focusing on CBT, DBT, play therapy, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed care in her work. Sarah is a member of the Pet Assisted Therapy team at the San Diego Humane Society and has served on the San Diego CAMFT Chapter board for over two years. She has previously served on the Desert CAMFT Chapter board as the Prelicensed Member Representative. Sarah was recently appointed as a State CAMFT CEPA Committee member and will play a critical role in maintaining the continuing education standards for mental health professionals in California.


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Ebonee is a candidate in becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist Associates. She is a native to San Diego, CA. She currently works for a Non-profit facility to provide therapy and case management for clients in San Diego. She has a history of working in a variety of settings, which include outpatient, residential, and crisis shelters. She has clinical experience working with adults and youths with crisis management, managing severe mental illness, substance abuse, and psychosis. She can provide EMDR and other trauma-based treatments to individuals who have experienced trauma. Her passion is working with military, first responders, EMT, firefighters, police, and all other professionals that continuously experience trauma. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, playing various board games, going on bike rides, and spending time with family.


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Sarah is a student at San Diego State University in the Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care certificate program. She is pursuing further education in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Her current community work includes supporting families navigating crisis or sudden death through Trauma Intervention Program's East County chapter. She volunteers with the Somali Bantu refugee community in City Heights and with Sharp Memorial's Arts for Healing program. Sarah shadows with IVAT's clinical training program and is interested in trauma prevention, intervention and advocacy. Her goal is to provide mental health support for families in underserved communities with a focus on social justice and the disruption of intergenerational cycles of trauma.


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Nancy is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee with a passion for somatic psychotherapy and mind-body healing. She was first exposed to the mental health field while working with a number of local nonprofit organizations. She is inspired by trauma-informed approaches and the impact it is capable of for an individual's well-being. With the desire to supplement traditional talk-therapy, Nancy is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; Trauma-Informed Yoga; and Experiential Therapy. Nancy currently serves as Member at Large with CAMFT-SD. As a liaison and support person for CAMFT-SD, Nancy aims to not only provide information and updates about the current state of the MFT field to her peers, but rally them around the value of participating and engaging with CAMFT-SD.


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Marisa Padilla, AMFTMarisa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Clinical Counseling Program. She currently works at an intensive outpatient program in San Diego where she provides individual, group, and family counseling to adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders. Marisa has a diverse range of clinical experience including outpatient hospital settings, in-home outreach case management, psychiatric research, and behavior intervention with children in school settings. Throughout her training she has become well versed in ACT, CBT, motivational interviewing, and specific mindfulness-based approaches. Marisa is passionate about providing support to adolescents and transitioning age youth during this important stage in development, and hopes to specialize in work with these populations with a focus on advocacy and social justice. 


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