Jason Custodia, DO, is a psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in California. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders and anxiety. In his practice, Dr. Custodia believes that a person’s mental well-being is born out of an interconnected web of mind, body, spirit and environment. All these areas must be addressed for mental well-being to occur.

As a young resident, Dr. Custodia was always fascinated by people’s stories. His career path first took him to internal medicine, but he eventually went back into residency to change his specialty to psychiatry. He became interested in PTSD during his time in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Custodia was a Navy physician for over six years and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as the Executive Officer of 1st Medical Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He has lived all over the U.S., including stops in Missouri, Michigan and Arizona.

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius  

Prescribes Medication: Yes

Age Range: 18+

Specialties: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood Disorders and Anxiety

Diana Meier is a licensed clinical social worker who offers services to residents of California ages 18 to 50. Diana specializes in working with individuals of who struggle with addictions, anxiety and depression, stress management, women’s issues and health, relationships, bipolar disorder and LGBT issues. In her work Diana believes in meeting her clients where they are at, without judgement and using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and alternative options to 12-step recovery in her treatment. Her philosophy is to lead the process while she guides, encourages and supports her clients to meet their goals and move closer to where they want to be.

Diana’s interest in behavioral health care stems from her own history of overcoming challenges that began in her youth. As a person who has always had a keen, in-depth understanding of relations, she pursued training at California State University where she obtained her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Children, Youth and Families. She the continued her education at San Diego State University to get her Masters in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology.

On a more personal note, Diana is a passionate surfer and snowboarder and has been doing both activities in southern California for over 20 years! She is a vegetarian of 25 years and as an avid animal lover has been doing animal rescue and adoptions for over a decade. She tries to always be mindful and compassionate and live with integrity.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 18-50

Specialties: Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Women’s Issues and Health, Relationships, Bipolar Disorder, LGBT Issues

Martha Chapa-Padilla, LMFT is a board certified marriage and family counselor, fluent in both English and Spanish offering counseling to children and adult residents of California. She has considerable experience providing effective mental health services within educational and health systems and is currently certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Some of her clinical interests include: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, child and adolescent issues and relationship issues.  During each session, Martha believes in both treating each patient with respect and dignity and helping them reach more functional, productive, and happier lives.

Martha’s exposure to the topic of mental and behavioral health began with her mother, whom struggled with mental health issues for most of her life. After taking an introductory Psychology course she found that this topic she had loved was able to give her a better understanding of her mother’s experiences. This connection gave her the inspiration to educate and support others, which she has done both as a therapist for youth and adults and as a university faculty member.

Along with her professional interests, Martha is also a very big fan of the Investigative Discovery Channel; however, she always makes time to watch her favorite team: the San Francisco Giants.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 5+

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Child and Adolescent Issues, Relationship Issues

Peggy Stewart is a licensed clinical social worker who works with child, adolescent and adult residents of California. She has experience providing therapy to individuals experiencing stress and anxiety, physical health related distress and depression as well as facilitating support groups. Peggy is also certified to provide bariatric clearances and has extensive experience helping recipients and donors navigate the organ transplant process. Peggy’s philosophy of care entails empowering her clients to soar to their highest quality of life by using evidence-based therapeutic models.

In California, Peggy was the former region 5 patient affairs representative for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and served on the committee for 3 years. She continues to work with UNOS to help write and review policies related to transplant issues. In addition to this, Peggy also serves on the editorial board for a journal, Progress in Transplantation, where she reviews evidence-based research articles that inform her practice as an LCSW.

In her free time, Peggy maintains a reptile rescue and shelter that she owns to help abandoned and donated animals. She also has fond memories of the time she has spent traveling to Asia and the Caribbean.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 5+

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Physical Health Related Distress and Depression

Jeni Yarbrough is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to residents of California who are 12 years of age or older. She has clinical interests in working with people who are experiencing LGBT issues, special needs challenges or parenting challenges as well as individuals in the deaf community. Her philosophy of care involves meeting people where they are at, using a strength-based approach to enhance skills that already exist and encouraging individuals to be open minded to new ideas and thought patterns.

Jeni’s interested in behavioral health care began when she acknowledged the universal human need to confide in and seek guidance from another person. For over four years, she has been passionately driven to be a support person for every person she works with, extending empathy as they gain insight on the parts of themselves and life they struggle with the most. When she isn’t encouraging her clients as they work with her on implementing different strategies in their lives, Jeni enjoys hiking and reading. She has also obtained her scuba license that she tries to use whenever she can.

Prescribes Medication:  No

Age Range: 12+

Specialties: LGBT Issues, Special Needs Challenges, Parenting Challenges