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Eastlake, Chula Vista Team ~

 Both In office & Telehealth Available

This is a photo of Tayler Trotter an associate marriage and family therapist in our Chula Vista location.
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Tayler Trotter, AMFT 

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 117712 Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW

Tayler has clinical experience working in an Intensive Outpatient setting and with children, adolescents, teens, and adults. In her work with adolescents and teens, Tayler has supported clients experiencing depression, anxiety, recent life transitions, trauma and grief while collaborating with parents and guardians in supporting their child’s well-being. Tayler has a passion for working with youth and families, taking a person-centered approach and utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques to support clients in their growth and increasing their resiliency. Tayler received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Leticia Castillo Velasquez, LCSW
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Leticia Castillo Velasquez, LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 94345

Leticia treats many concerns including anxiety issues, depression and military family dynamics. She is bicultural and bilingual (fluent) in Spanish and well aware of the social and psychological problems facing our community. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy since believes in understanding each person’s unique problems,feelings and environment. She implements the most effective treatment plan to the particular needs of the client or family. She has experience in solution-focused therapy and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist the client to understand and make connections with their mind and body. She helps to identify negative thoughts and emotions and how they affect their daily lives. She has 36 years of experience working as a social worker and counselor with children,  adolescents, adults, and parents in the areas of substance abuse, divorce, domestic. violence, child abuse, and family and mental health issues. Leticia joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2023. 

Paul Abe, LCSW
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Paul Abe, LCSW

Clinical Leader & Licensed Clinical Social Worker 25887

Paul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the state of California.  He earned his Masters degree in Social Work in 2002 and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1998 from San Diego State University.  He has experience working with youth, adolescents, young adults experiencing trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.  Paul has worked children and adolescents in residential and school based programs and has worked for non-profit organizations focusing on foster youth and families, adolescents, and young adults. Paul works from a solution focused and strengths based perspective and is dedicated to healing and helping others.  

Takako Udell, LPCC
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Takako Udell, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 14054

Takako has experience providing therapy to children and adolescents who are diagnosed with disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and experience in integrating families into the treatment. She enjoys assisting children in building their self-esteem and self-worth. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, and play therapy. Recognizing the wide diversity of clients she serves, she shapes treatment to fit the individual needs of each client. She provides clients with a warm and non-judgmental environment so that they can safely explore what’s most impacting their lives. Her passion is to help clients make healthy, life enriching changes.She is English and Japanese bilingual and also a Navy spouse. She welcomes the opportunity to work alongside military families in their journey. Takako is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the States of California and Illinois (LCPC), and a National Certified Counselor. Takako earned her BA in Psychology from The State University of New York and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Mark Jacobs, AMFT
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Mark Jacobs, AMFT 

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 110158 Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW

I help to find the courage to explore difficult and painful experiences in a safe and validating environment, and recognize readiness for growth and healing. I am here to support you. I use humor and communication skills to foster a connection with clients and families. My experience includes providing mental health support to diverse populations: children, teens, couples and families. I am very comfortable treating a variety of diagnoses and issues, including: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, crisis, addiction, trauma, dual diagnosis and relational problems. My experience also includes helping clients navigate through the process of grief and loss related to issues of death of loved ones, illness, divorce, and job loss. I have 4 years of previous clinical experience in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and community settings. My approach to therapy includes, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Person Centered therapy. I  utilize the connection that exists in the mind and body to promote grounding and self-regulation. Together, we will work to create a personalized plan to help you reach your goals and lead an authentic and more fulfilling life.I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2018. Prior to that I served 20+ years in the United States Navy and retired honorably. I joined the Grow Through Life Counseling Team in 2023. I am accepting new patients in Chula Vista in person care and in California via telehealth. 

Eva Rios, APCC
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Eva Rios, APCC

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 10113  Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW

Eva is passionate in helping and supporting individuals of all ages from young children to adults and families through mental health services. She sees her role as a therapist as an honor and privilege in coming alongside her clients and supporting them in gaining insight,  new skills, achieving goals, healing, and growth. Eva believes we are designed for connection and one can gain change and healing in the context of relationships. Eva strives to connect and build a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Clients will find a genuine, warm, and inviting presence seeking to provide compassionate, accepting, and non judgemental care. Clients have the freedom to connect and share their desires, disappointments, hurts, traumas, joys, and accomplishments. Eva tailors her work to the needs of clients. She takes an eclectic approach often utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT),  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, and mind and body interventions. Eva’s professional experience ranges from working with adults with occurring mental illness to children, teens, and families experiencing mental and emotional issues and challenging trying times in outpatient, school-based, and residential treatment settings. Eva has experience providing mental health services  to individuals experiencing anxiety, trauma, addictions, co-occurring disorders, crisis, depression, parenting, adjustment issues, self-esteem issues, psychosis, self-harm, suicidality, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and codependency. Eva has a Master in Professional Clinical Counseling. She is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Eva is a bilingual therapist who speaks Spanish fluently. 

Denelle Lucido, AMFT
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Denelle Lucido, AMFT, APCC

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 127978, Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 10247  Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW

Through an authentic and trusted relationship over time, I hope to ease your emotional burdens and provide a safe space for you to be yourself, free from judgment. I am a Person-Centered Therapist that uses different techniques and approaches catered towards your goals in order to unlock your true potential and innate strength. I am a bilingual, second generation Filipino who loves to connect with people in positive, sincere, and meaningful ways. My clinical background includes working extensively with adolescent teens and adults that experienced anxiety, depression, addiction, stressful life transitions, and problematic relationship issues. I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and children with special needs. I will listen to you attentively and wholeheartedly, free of any judgment. I hope to provide you with a space where you will feel both the intensity and joys of therapy. If you are ready to take that first step with me, I will strive to collaborate with you towards a positive and progressive path that fills you with energy, encourages hope, and provides you with beneficial tools to deal with the stressors in your journey through life.

Leadership Team

Chula Vista Clinical Manager & Supervisor : Paul Abe, LCSW 
                            

Eastlake Location

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