Scripps Ranch Team~In Office & Telehealth available
Joel Gamache, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Joel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensed in the state of California. He earned his Master of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix in 2016. He has experience providing therapy for the psychological effects of chronic pain and intense acute pain, San Diego's homeless population, pre-teens and teens in the juvenile justice system prior to providing therapy to children, teens, and families in the county clinic setting. In this setting he served those who experienced trauma, developmental trauma, child abuse, and developmental delays. He has a psychdynamic therapy style and primarily focuses on improving family communication to resolve difficulties. Joel is a veteran of the United States Navy and is thankful to have service members and their dependents within the population he serves. He has been serving the San Diego community for 13 years within the fields of nursing, hospice volunteering, and psychotherapy.
Yashia Vargas, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Yashia is empathetic and passionate about helping others feel seen and heard. Yashia is committed to working with children and families. She has prior experience in residential, inpatient treatment centers, school settings and transitional housing. Her experience with trauma informed practices, restorative justice, play therapy, mindfulness, CBT and more has allowed her to provide an integrative approach to therapy. Yashia is bilingual and offers services in English and Spanish. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Yashia joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2021 to support Scripps Ranch families and the surrounding communities.
Sara Jaques, APCC
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Kirsten Wimmer, LMFT
Sara received her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Adam's State University, Colorado in 2018. She has worked in a variety of settings such as public schools, residential treatment centers, to pro bono community health agencies. Sara has experience with a varied demographic: children and adolescents from economically challenged backgrounds, families, and adults who have struggled with disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, ADHD, autism substance abuse, as well as bipolar disorder. She enjoys using cognitive behavioral therapy as well as a solution- focused approach. Sara uses her compassionate personality to develop a trusting and meaningful relationship with her clients. She believes in the power of healing through human connection, and strives to ensure your present pain doesn't make you forget about your future purpose.
Natalie Osborne, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Natalie absolutely loves her work! She believes in utilizing a strength-based, humorous, integrative approach to empower clients and support them in sorting out challenges and achieving goals. She considers it a pleasure to be able to work with a diversity of clients and/or families in embracing growth and resiliency. She has specialized experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She also has experience with trauma, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), substance use, and/or psychosis. As a practitioner, she is eclectic and uses elements of: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Family Therapy. Natalie sees therapy as a collaborative process that helps to increase self-awareness, offer new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increases personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience. Natalie values authenticity, family, genuine connections, and balance in her therapeutic approach (ie. the ability to bend, rather than break). She completed her Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University and joined the Grow Through Life Counseling team in January 2021.
Jennifer Siddons, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Lauren Manlove, LCSW
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.
Yang Jiang, AMFT, Phd
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Kirsten Wimmer, 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.
Kirsten Wimmer, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
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. In 2021, Kirsten joined our clinical supervisor team to support the growth of associate therapists.
Megan Baldwin, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Manager and Clinical Supervisor
Megan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California. She graduated in 2015, from San Diego State University, with a Masters of Social Work degree. She specializes in working with children and youth experiencing grief, loss, life stressors, anxiety, and low self-esteem. In practice, Megan believes in using a strength-based perspective and a client-centered approach. She has received training in Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At Grow Through Life Counseling, Megan is excited to offer counseling to you and your family with hopes of making it a healthy, successful, and meaningful life.