Eastlake, Chula Vista Team ~
Both In office & Telehealth Available
Tanya Moreno, ACSW
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker 96480 Supervised by Kelly Ross, LPCC
Tanya values an eclectic approach to treatment planning and recognizes the unique journey of every individual across their lifespan. She treats: trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, and life transitions among other mental and social emotional health concerns. She creates a warm and collaborative environment in which clients feel supported while processing past experiences and strengthening skills to accomplish goals. Tanya uses a combination of evidence-based treatments and approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), mindfulness, play-based therapy, and neuroscience. Most recently, Tanya has worked in a school-based setting providing mental and social emotional support to elementary school-aged children. Tanya holds a Master of Public Health from UCLA and a Master of Social Work with a Pupil Personnel Credential (PPSC) from SDSU. Tanya is bilingual and offers services in both English and Spanish. Tanya is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW 96480) supervised by Kelly Ross, LPCC.
Blanca Iniguez Valdivia, ACSW
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker 119060 Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW
Blanca creates a safe space for support in healing, achieving goals, and processing past experiences. She meets you where you're at and goes at your pace. Therapy will be a non-judgmental, patient, and kind environment. Blanca takes various approaches depending on goals. We will work on learning adequate coping skills to help with anxiety, depression or mood concern. We will process previous life experiences and find what works for you. Blanca’s experience includes working with children, teens and adults by addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, suicidality, and other mental health concerns. She uses a combination of evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also provides strengthening grounding skills to calm your mind and body when feeling upset or overwhelmed. Blanca is a first generation Latina I am able to offer services in Spanish as well.
Nate Jacobi, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 142918 Supervised by Paul Abe, LCSW
Nate is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who earned his Master’s degree at the
University of San Diego. Nate brings experience working with individuals, couples, and families
and especially appreciates working with patients who are trying therapy for the first time. He
strives to create a comfortable and trusting therapeutic relationship with his patients, and is not
afraid to ask some challenging questions once he gets to know you. Nate supports patients
experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, insomnia, pain, grief, and relational challenges.
Nate’s mission is for every patient to feel that they are making progress towards a goal, no
matter how big or how small that goal might be. He practices eclectically using skills from
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical
Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and
Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT).
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
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
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
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
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, 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.
Veronica Villalobos, APCC
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 12423 Supervised by Paul, Abe, LCSW
I believe that every person has the potential to achieve their dreams, and I am dedicated to
helping them get there. I am a caring, passionate, and solution-focused therapist that has
helped countless individuals overcome challenges that drive their well-being. My
compassionate and understanding nature allows me to create a safe and supportive
environment for my clients to open up and explore their feelings and experiences. I have a
particular passion for working with kids and teens with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community,
and transition-aged young adults, and have extensive experience with these populations. In
addition to my experience, I have also completed advanced courses in a variety of areas,
such as play therapy, multicultural competence, and lifespan development. I use a
combination of techniques and approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy,
mindfulness, and goal-oriented therapy, to help my clients make lasting changes and
achieve their goals. Whether you are struggling with mental or behavioral issues, looking to
improve your relationships, or trying to achieve personal growth, I am here to support you.
Together, we will work to create a personalized plan to help you reach your goals and lead
an authentic and more fulfilling life.
Rachael Fitz, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 135705 Supervised by Ian Saward, LMFT
Rachael is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, who received her Master of Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has worked with children in the mental health field for several years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She utilizes a person-centered approach when working with children in order to meet them developmentally where they are at. Rachael is passionate about working with youth and their caregivers and utilizing mental health treatment to help them thrive. She has several areas of clinical interest, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and reactions to traumatic stress. Rachael utilizes both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches to therapy. Rachael joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2023.