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Scripps Ranch Team~In Office & Telehealth available

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Julie Brunetto, LMFT 

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Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (51282) & Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor  

I provide services to adolescents and adults struggling with mental health related issues and substance abuse. I am currently offering services via telehealth and in person. My therapeutic approach is client-centered, non-judgmental, and working with you to make changes. I utilize a strength-based approach in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to empower you to create changes that you can implement into your everyday life. I am experienced working with individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, addiction, self-esteem, trauma, life transitions and more. I take a client centered, strength-based approach to create a collaborative and positive experience while empowering you to establish healthy change. A quote from Neale Donald Walsch that I believe, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." 

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Nazanin "Naz" Nikoukary, APCC, AMFT

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Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 14897, Registered  Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 142224 Supervised by Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT-S   

Naz has worked with various populations and is passionate about using cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapy to help her clients. Born and raised in Iran, she moved to the U.S. when she was 17. She understands and can relate to her clients who have migrated to the U.S. and are experiencing changes in attitudes, family values, generational status, and social affiliations. She has experience working with clients with severe and acute mental illness. Nazanin is also passionate about Holistic therapy, where she focuses on a person's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. She might use art or music to work with people or mindfulness practices, including meditation and relaxation techniques and physical approaches such as yoga or Tai Chi. Nazanin graduated from UCSD, majoring in Psychology, and received her master's degree in MFT and PCC from National University. 

Lanelle Teran, ACSW

Lanelle Teran, ACSW

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Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker 199064 Supervised by Erica McDaniel, LCSW

Lanelle has experience with a wide range of concerns including: stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harming behaviors and other mood disorders. With a compassionate and collaborative approach, she is dedicated to empowering individuals and families as they grow in their unique healing journeys. Lanelle has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and families dealing with mental health conditions. She utilizes evidence-based approaches: CBT, DBT, ACT, MI and culturally relevant approaches to promote resilience and foster positive change. She delivers compassionate, holistic, and culturally responsive therapy to all ages and diverse backgrounds. She enjoys helping underserved communities. Her approach is grounded in a social justice and trauma-informed lens, strength-based, person-centered, and fosters a non-judgmental, affirming environment. She has more than 6 years of experience in community based and outpatient settings working with youth, adults and families. Lanelle welcomes individuals with intersecting identities, particularly 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC folx of diaspora. She is a first-generation Chicana, fluent in both Spanish and English.

Marisol Camarena-Geiger, APCC

Marisol Camarena-Geiger, APCC

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Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 8262 Supervised by Ava Kharrazian, LPCC

Marisol believes that clients should be treated with compassion and dignity and uses a culturally humble lens to consider all parts of identity. She has worked in early childhood settings, schools, and has provided home visiting and clinic-based services. Her experience helps guide strategies that are practical, strength-based and centered around the client’s chosen goals. Treatment is individualized. With extensive training in attachment, child development, and trauma, Marisol knows the importance of building healthy relationships. She has experience with children, teens and families working on a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting issues, strained peer relationships and grief. Play therapy and parent-child coaching is often utilized. She also promotes a mind-body connection, knowing that integration allows for repair and resilience. Marisol earned her Master of Science in Child Development specializing in Early Childhood Mental Health from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks University.

Ava Kharrazian, LPCC

Ava Kharrazian, LPCC 

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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 9946 & Clinical Mentor, Clinical Supervisor 

Ava is a seasoned counselor and experienced clinician with skills grounded in attachment theory, narrative therapy, trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, and the intersectionality of women and multiculturalism. She has a deep passion for supporting women and new parents during the transformative process of pregnancy and childbirth. This includes supportive care of postpartum and peripartum mood disorders, the welcoming of new parental identities, raising children, and mourning the loss of one's former self. Ava is truly person-centered and recognizes how difficulties experienced during various spaces of one’s life can cause profound disruption to emotion regulation. Ava values a holistic approach to treatment planning, recognizing the importance of every individual’s unique journey and utilizing a culturally-sensitive lens to help tailor treatment goals to the person in front of her. Ava also specializes in issues related to self-esteem and self-worth, social pressure, mood disorders, vocational and academic anxiety, and interpersonal effectiveness. She has extensive training in the trauma-informed lens and is passionate in serving diverse populations in her decade-long career, spanning everything from at-risk youth and their families, to relational aggression in schools, to trauma-recovery work with military and refugee populations in San Diego County. Ava’s other experience with GTLC includes facilitating a new mom’s support group, providing clinical supervision, and managing the practice’s Clinical Onboarding Program where she oversees the mentorship and support of our newly hired team members. Ava is bilingual and offers services in both English and Farsi.

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Ian Saward, LMFT

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 108556  Clinical Leader & Clinical Supervisor 

My specialities include trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I take an eclectic approach to therapy that includes Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and using the connections between the mind and body for grounding and self-regulation. Mostly, recently, I have provided outpatient care both in person and via Telehealth. I have a wide range of prior work experiences: non profit agencies with foster youth, domestic violence survivors, children and adolescents in a school based program, adolescents on probation, residential programs, crisis intervention for youth, and with children removed from their families by Child Welfare Services. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a professional soccer player in England, professional soccer coach and ran a family construction business for many years. In 2011, I obtained my Master’s degree in Counseling and have been providing mental health care for the last 13 years and counting. I joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2023 as the Clinical Leader of the Chula Vista location providing direct care and supervisor associate therapists. I am excited to work with Tricare families and appreciate the sacrifices of our military service members, their families and our veterans.

Scripps Ranch Leadership Team

Clinical Leader: Ian Saward, LMFT

Clinical Supervisors: Ava Kharrazian, LPCC, Eric McDaniel, LCSW & Kelly Ross, LPCC, Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT-S  

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