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

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

Marcia Thompson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and North Carolina. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are mood disorders, life transitions, panic disorders, life coaching and stress management. In her practice, Marcia aims to inform and empower individuals she works with .

Marcia’s interest in mental health care started when she took a child development class in high school. She became intrigued with the field of human behavior and decided to pursue a career in it.

Marcia is very interested in integrative medicine approaches to mental health. In her free time, she loves cooking and gardening.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 18-65

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Life Transitions, Panic Disorder, Life Coaching, Stress Management

Laura York, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to residents of all ages who live in the state of CA. She has expertise in the use of solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, life skills coaching, humanistic therapy and experiential therapy. Laura’s philosophy is to empower the client by giving them the tools, coping skills and education to work through their struggles. She always aims for them to come out of treatment with increased self-esteem and self-awareness along with a positive outlook on their respective futures.

Laura has been in the clinical field for over 17 years, with a significant portion of that dedicated to working in schools. What she enjoys most about her profession is getting to know the core and depth of her clients, which leads to an appreciation and understanding of humanity. In her personal life, Laura values personal integrity, a positive outlook on life and trust in all relationships. She uses hot yoga as a tool for her own personal growth, both spiritually and physically, while also using it to lower her level of stress. Laura also enjoys traveling and meeting as many new people as possible to learn about cultures of all kinds.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: All Ages

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Parenting, Relationships, Anxiety and Depression, Career Guidance, Effective Communication, Anger Management, Wellness and Health Promotion, PMS, Post-Partum Depression, Stress Management, Life Coaching, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Disorders, ADHD (adult), ADHD (child and adolescent), Autism spectrum disorders (adult), Autism spectrum disorders (child and adolescent), Child and Adolescent Therapy, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Developmental Disability, Divorce, Geriatric Therapy, Homebound Illness, Oppositional-defiant Disorder, Play Therapy (child and adolescent), Separation Anxiety Disorder, Trauma and Abuse, Grief Counseling, Eating Disorder, Men’s Issues and Health, Women’s Issues and Health, Marriage and Relationship Counseling