Scripps Ranch 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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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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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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Kimberly Knight-Ortiz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Kimberly is an accepting and caring Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for holding a safe space for children, youth and adults. She utilizes a holistic, person-centered approach to best connect with her clients. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors in Psychology and continued her education at SDSU and graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2017. She has well rounded experience in the mental health field from working with Veterans in an inpatient setting all the way to children in a school setting. She has experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, adjustment disorders and trauma. She has training in cognitive behavioral therapies, trauma focused therapies and in play therapy. Kimberly is passionate about helping children and youth reach their highest potential and focuses on family's strengths to empower their growth. She strives to improve communication in the parent-child relationships via family therapy and connection. Kimberly is an ally and provides a safe space to the LGBTQIA community and is also bilingual in Spanish and English and can provide therapy in both languages. These are her experiences and she can't wait to join you in yours.

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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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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.


Krissy Staley, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 

Krissy's professional experience with counseling children and teens, began in April of 2007. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with many children and families who are experiencing a variety of challenges. Her work includes helping children and teens who need assistance managing ADHD, the school setting, social and emotional needs, mental health needs, behavior management, and college and career planning. As a licensed clinician at Grow Through Life Counseling, she is excited to offer counseling to help with any challenges you and your children may be experiencing.  She is passionate about providing effective services to help children and families live a healthy and rewarding life. 

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Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist 

Esther is passionate about supporting children, teens and families navigate through challenges of their social emotional development. Her integrated background in mental health, early childhood education and child development has allowed her to help children and teens who struggle with anxiety, self-regulation, anger, depression, special needs, challenging behavior, self-esteem issues,  and trauma. She uses play therapy to help children express their needs and resolve their challenges when words are difficult. In addition to her degree, she holds a Child Development Program Director Credential. She also has a certificate in Play Therapy. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom Educator and a Child Development instructor at a technical college. She looks forward to supporting your child, teen and family to acquire new skills to help him/her succeed in the areas important to your life. Esther also enjoys supporting adults through times of transition including divorce, grief and loss and relational changes. Esther also works with couples to heal and create a more loving and supportive environment. Esther is Bilingual and offers counseling services in both English and Spanish.

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