Del Mar Team ~In Office & Telehealth available

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Holly Kempler, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Holly Kempler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. She supports her

clients through a client-centered and strengths-based approach. Holly views her clients from a Systems

perspective, looking at the client and their interactions with the world around them. She earned her

master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California with a concentration in mental

health. There she also obtained her Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work, making

her an expert in navigating support services within the school system. Holly has experience working with

clients throughout a majority of the lifespan and specializes in working with children and teens.

Throughout Holly’s career as a social worker she has provided clinical services in many settings

including: schools (elementary, middle, high school, continuation/ court schools), mobile crisis

community-based services, outpatient clinics, group homes, and juvenile/ adult detention centers. She

has experience supporting client’s with a wide range of concerns, such as trauma (including complex

issues such as human trafficking), depression, anxiety, anger, ADHD, grief, substance use, relationship or

family issues, life transitions, and self-esteem issues. Holly is a well-rounded clinician who is passionate

about empowering her clients.


Audrey Anderson-Teshima, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Audrey helps children and families set boundaries of acceptable behavior, improve communication, and re-engage with school and schoolwork. It’s difficult to be a parent, and difficult to be a child. If you are in a blended family, or if your family includes a child with special needs, the challenges are even greater. Audrey has a wealth of experience in helping families thrive, including military service members and their families who face difficulties around deployment, family reintegration, and grief and loss. Prior to becoming an LMFT, Audrey was a Special Education teacher for over 15 years. She holds an MA in Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Chapman University and an MA in Teacher Education from Azusa Pacific University.

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Haley Meyers, ASW

Associate Social Worker Supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Haley received her Master of Social work with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families from the University of Southern California. Haley is an empathetic and down-to-earth therapist who is passionate about supporting children, teens, and their families through times of struggle. She has extensive experience working with youth in a variety of capacities some of which include school settings and outpatient programs for youth experiencing a variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, grief and loss and more. Haley takes a person-centered, strengths-based approach when working with clients while incorporating aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing along with other evidence-based practices. She is dedicated to using modalities that best fit each client’s needs and personality to help them get a better understanding of themselves, identify effective coping skills, and recognize their agency and ability to create the meaningful and lasting change that they are seeking in their lives. 

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Ava Kharrazian, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Ava loves to support new mother's who have children ages 18 months and younger. She appreciate the adjustment in motherhood and the challenges of having young children and balancing identify and self care.  Ava is truly person-centered by recognizing how difficulties experienced cause disruption in emotion management. Subsequently, she values a holistic approach to treatment planning, recognizing the importance of every individual’s unique journey, and considering multiple aspects of life and self in providing support. Her experiences include facilitating a New Mom's support groups. Additionally, she addresses issues related to self-esteem and self-worth, academic and social pressure, anxiety and depression, career and college guidance, and varying behavioral and emotional challenges. She believes in providing a safe space for children and Mom's to work through life’s challenges. She is here to help you and your child build new skills, and empower your family to regain control and live a more fulfilling life! Ava is bilingual and offers services in both English and Farsi.

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Samantha Evans, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Samantha Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the state of California. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, San Marcos, a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University as well as a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work. Samantha has worked with the adolescent population for over seven years and has worked in a variety of settings: schools, juvenile detention facilities, home services, and in an outpatient setting. Samantha has a great deal of knowledge working with students with IEPs (individualized education plans, special education (SPED), and mental health within the school setting. Samantha enjoys working with adolescents and the family systems. With her combined background in mental health, early childhood education and child development, this has allowed her to support clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem issues, and trauma. As a licensed clinician at Grow Through Life Counseling, she is enthusiastic to offer support to families who may be experiencing challenges.

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Kirsten Wimmer, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Kirsten brings her passion for working with youth and helping families thrive.  She is experienced at treating depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors through CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) tools and other interventions. Kirsten enjoys working with families as part of the treatment process. Kirsten's experience  includes working with youth in both Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization(PHP) levels of care with the mood treatment programs.  Kirsten has a passion for helping young adults with identity development and setting career goals. She also helps families with adult children living at home.

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