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Learn more about our one of a kind practice.


Our Mission - Growth! 


    The Mission of Grow Through Life Counseling is to provide quality counseling for children, teens, and families in San Diego County through effective intervention, cognitive therapy and quality psychological support. 



Our Vision


    The Vision of Grow Through Life Counseling is to inspire a new generation of youth to overcome challenges to be healthier, happier, healed and equipped to with positive coping skills as they enter adulthood. We know by helping younger populations we have a meaningful long term impact on future generations and on our communities. 

Our Philosophy


    We believe happy, well trained therapists can provide a higher quality of care to children, teens and families. We have the expertise, compassion, understanding and empathy to help all families in pain. We believe in reducing mental health stigma as we know counseling provides many benefits with or without a diagnosis and all people go through struggles and can benefit from more support in their lives. Our strengths are our prior experience with children, teens and parents in schools, outpatient clinics, inpatient facilities, day treatment, group homes and in research studies. We provide safe, quality, effective, cognitive therapy services with uncompromising integrity.


Company History


Grow Through Life Counseling was founded in 2012 to provide a higher level of quality support to families in Eastlake. Kara Kohnen, Clinical Director and Founder desired to provide a higher level of care to younger populations in the Eastlake Area of Chula Vista.  All clinicians employed at Grow Through Life Counseling have a passion for improving the lives of younger populations. In it's first 5 years, Grow Through Life Counseling has helped thousands of children, teens & families in the Eastlake area. In 2017, Grow Though Life Counseling expanded it's services to north San Diego in order to serve patients who were driving a far distance for treatment. This expansion  helped us serve more San Diego families seeking high quality care for children and teenagers. In 2019, Grow Through Life Counseling expanded to Scripps Ranch & Oceanside. In 2020, GTLC started in Murrieta and in 2021 we opened in La Mesa, CA.  

What Sets Us Apart:


~ At Grow Through Life Counseling, as a new patient you will speak with a real human being when you call our intake line! This will be an opportunity for us to make sure we are the right clinician for you and for you to get all of your questions answered prior to scheduling your first appointment. 

~All patients have a phone extension for voicemail and email address to reach your therapist directly. 

~We never nickel/dime for administrative tasks and provide school absence notes for free - just let us know you need one.

~When you come to treatment at Grow Through Life Counseling, you will be meeting in a warm, family friendly space in which all ages of children are welcome. Our rooms are big enough to have all family members join and we welcome extended family as well. 

~We hear other therapists don't call people back. We will call you back every time within 24 hours or the next business day. If we don't pick up, it is likely we are in session and make every effort to return your call in a timely way. At times, we are in session until 8pm so we will wait until the next day so as to not call you too late in the evening. 

~We provide superbills at your request for no additional fees.

~We give all patients a portal link to request future appointments up to 3 month in advance to accommodate your busy family schedule.  and once you are a patient you will be able to log in at your convenience and request future appointments.

-We offer after school and weekend options to serve you at the times that work for you and your family 

~We offer six locations: Eastlake in Chula Vista, Sorrento Valley, La Mesa, Oceanside, Scripps Ranch and Murrieta

-We can now offer Telehealth for all of California  

~We recognize the most important part of your care is the relationship you have with your provider and welcome feedback at any time.

-We operate at the highest ethical and legal standards with uncompromising integrity.