Oceanside, CA Team ~ In Office & Telehealth available

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Yang Jiang, AMFT, Phd

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Russell Sprague, LMFT

Yang is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master's Degree in marital and family therapy and PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. Yang is passionate about helping her clients achieve a sense of purpose, power, and fulfillment through growth in areas such as identification of strengths, socio-emotional skills, and a desire to change. With families and couples, Yang brings a balanced and multi-faceted approach to uncovering and transforming unhealthy relationship dynamics and patterns. Yang has a strong background in substance abuse with adolescents and adults (including working with the families of those struggling with addiction) as well as anxiety and depression. She has also worked with diverse populations and understands how different identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, gender) can intersect and influence an individual's well-being. 


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Bret Klausen, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Russell Sprague, LMFT

Bret is a warm and empathic APCC who received his Master's degree from National University in 2020. A Socal native, Bret is passionate about working with children and has spent the last three years working across diverse populations. He has worked with at-risk youth and students with special needs, in addition to those experiencing anxiety, family issues, anxiety, depression, and more. He takes a multifaceted approach to treatment, drawing on techniques from client-centered, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches. In addition to in-person treatment, he has experience working with clients via telehealth, utilizing various tools and resources in order to facilitate an effective and engaging environment for clients from the safety of their own homes. Bret meets his clients from a place of deep understanding and desire to help, which he believes is foundational to the work he does


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Chelsea Maxwell, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Chelsea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. She earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Chelsea believes in meeting clients where they are at and moving at a pace that they are comfortable with in order to help them reach their goals. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She is passionate about serving military families and, as a veteran herself, understands many of the challenges that they

face. Chelsea enjoys helping clients overcome concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She also enjoys helping clients heal from trauma and is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy.


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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. 


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Katherine "Kasey" Hartdegen, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kasey is a San Diego naïve who has been working with children and families in non-profits and school based settings for the last 5 years. She has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Kasey has experience working with children ages 2-18 and their families who struggle with anxiety, depression and difficulty adjusting to new situations including divorce, Child Welfare involvement and trauma. Kasey has specialized training in play therapy and trauma focused CBT. Kasey utilizes a person-centered approach and believes parent’s are the expert on their children and views therapy as a space for children and families to explore their values and grow. She assists children and teens with creating more harmonious adjustments to life stressors including: blending families, grief and loss, family moves and transitions. She enjoys supporting communication in the parent-child and parent-teen relationships via family therapy. Kasey is passionate about helping youth have a happier, better emotional quality of life. 

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Melanie Carrion, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Melanie Carrion is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the state of California. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. Melanie has worked with families for over twenty years and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, correctional facilities, group homes, school, and in the home. Melanie has a great deal of experience working with struggling adolescents and families, working to build support systems, and working on family dynamics.  As a licensed clinician at Grow Through Life Counseling she supports clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem issues, gender identity, substance abuse and trauma. 

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Greta Meyerhof, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Greta Meyerhof has over 25 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist in many different treatment settings including working therapeutically with incarcerated youth, working with families housed in domestic violence shelters, providing therapy for young adults and family members in a residential treatment program for substance use disorder and working in a medical clinic. Greta also created and implemented a Parent Education Program that is probation approved. She has considerable experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting concerns and uses evidenced based tools in her practice such as CBT and mindful based stress reduction. She is confident she can assist families and young ones with life’s challenges whether it is managing stress, resolving conflicts or developing self-empowerment. 

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Russell Sprague, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Russell Sprague has over 30 years experience providing supportive, collaborative and empowering client-centered  treatment for children, teens, families and adults in a wide variety of settings. He has worked in group homes and residential treatment centers, in after school programs and elementary, middle and high schools, in in-patient hospitals and neuro-imaging research labs, VA Medical Centers, in juvenile halls and in outpatient County Mental Health and non-profit clinics. His positions and responsibilities have ranged from being a volunteer, line staff, live-in counselor, licensed therapist, mental health consultant,  trainer and as a supervisor for Children and Adult Clinics as well as for a Juvenile Hall in Riverside County. Clients benefit from improvements in communication, decision making, problem solving, parenting, strengthened relationships in couples and families, and self confidence,  by gaining the skills and understanding to better manage their lives.

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Alejandra Carbajal, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Alejandra has served in the mental health field since 2013. Since then, she has become passionate about her work in the field as she strives to help others reach happiness and fulfillment. Through her compassionate nature and person centered approach, she is able to encourage and motivate change in the therapeutic process. Her experience ranges from working with children/teens and their families, to providing extensive services to individuals with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.  Alejandra specializes in treating adolescents suffering from adjustment issues, emotion regulation, cutting behaviors, anxiety and depression disorders. Her goal is to strengthen social and coping skills, as well as interpersonal relationships with loved ones. Alejandra has been an LGBTQ ally since 2012 and is here to provide a safe space for those in need. She is bilingual, offering services in both English and Spanish.


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