Sorrento Valley Team ~In Office & Telehealth available


Amanda Hanna, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapy and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Amanda provides an empathetic, understanding, and compassionate therapeutic environment for her clients. She has experience working with children, teens, and adult individuals experiencing a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, life transitions, codependency, emotional reactivity, ADHD, trauma, substance abuse, and more. Her approach is both collaborative and integrative, drawing upon strengths-based, solution-focused,

postmodern methods and mindfulness. Amanda works with adults and mothers to help them gain insight and develop coping skills to restore their personal agency, facilitate interpersonal growth and enhance individual life experiences and relationships. While working with children and youth, she often utilizes play therapy techniques and interactive interventions to engage them in learning self-regulation techniques and improve their identification and communication of emotions in tangible ways appropriate to their developmental levels. Amanda empowers her clients’ personal strengths and resiliency by tailoring treatment uniquely to each individual client in order to best service their specific wants and needs. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT.

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Kimberly "Kim" Macias, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Kim has a passion for helping youth and their families. She is a Southern California native who did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UC San Diego and herMaster’s degree at University of San Diego in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.Kim has experience working with children, teens, young adults, and their families across a wide range of settings including outpatient, in-home, and school based settings. Kim specializes in CBT, PCIT, and Motivational Interviewing among other approaches. Kim believes in promoting well-being for all by helping clients with their mental health, family dynamics, behavior modification, and being an ear to listen about what it means to be a teen in today’s world. Kim is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

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Lauren Manlove, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and trauma informed care. Lauren also incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, mindfulness, family involvement and parenting support into her work. She has worked in various settings including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient programs, day treatment programs, school based programs and community clinics. She has also worked with diverse populations, but has primarily focused her work with children, adolescents and families. She has specific experience addressing issues including ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, self-regulation, Autism spectrum disorder (level 1), self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self harm and adjustment challenges. Lauren truly values using a strengths-based treatment approach to help co-create a relationship where clients can freely explore their thoughts and feelings, in addition to building tools and strategies to overcome challengesShe received her masters in social work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA in 2010.

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Connor Berk, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Connor works with youth, families, adults, and couples to create a welcoming and safe environment to achieve their goals. He is skilled at working with clients facing challenges such as anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, life transitions, and more. Connor also has experience working with clients via Telehealth to accommodate client needs. He utilizes evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprossessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing as a part of an individualized treatment plan to best support each client’s growth. Connor is committed to work together with clients to increase their agency to overcome barriers and create lasting change. He received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in CA . Connor joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2020 to support San Diego families. 

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Haley Meyers, ASW

Associate Social Worker Supervised by Mattilyn Millman, 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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Jennifer Siddons, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Russell Sprague, LMFT

Jennifer is an associate marriage and family therapist registered in the state of California with over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Jennifer has gained extensive experience working with children, teens, transitional aged youth and families in a variety of locations including, in-home, residential and school based settings. Jennifer utilizes a wide variety of evidence based practices including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems and Psychodynamic modalities. She understands that each person is unique and provides individualized treatment in order to best suit her client’s needs and unique experiences. Jennifer is nurturing, empathetic and trauma informed. She provides a nonjudgmental safe space to explore thoughts and feelings and is passionate about helping her clients recognize their own individual strengths and feel confident in themselves and their ability to overcome challenges.

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Kirsten Wimmer, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and 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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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.

Del Mar Leadership Team

Clinical Manager: Kara Kohnen

Clinical Supervisor: Kara Kohnen

Sorrento Valley Location

​© 2021 by Kara Kohnen, LMFT @ Grow Through Life Counseling   Located: Eastlake of Chula Vista, Sorrento Valley, San Diego, Scripps Ranch, Oceanside and Murrieta  *Now Offering Telehealth too! 

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