Scripps Ranch Team~In Office & Telehealth available

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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. 

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Megan Baldwin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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. 

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Angela Famous, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Angela has worked in mental health for more than 13 years. She has provided care in both long-term and short- term residential facilities for teens and adults, crisis houses, outpatient and emergency settings. She has years of experience in working with youth with various anger, mood, anxiety and behavioral challenges and with providing family therapy. She is currently in the UCSD Registered Play Therapy program and brings these new skills to her sessions with youth. She believes there is more to learn and is a lifelong learner herself. She has a passion for educating and assisting patients and families to find excellent behavioral health treatment services. Angela holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a MS in Counseling in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Angela joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2020 to support the Scripps Ranch community (and beyond with Telehealth!). 

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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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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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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

Clinical Manager & 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.

Scripps Ranch Leadership Teams

Clinical Manager: Esther De La Cruz

Clinical Supervisor: Russell Sprague 

Scripps Ranch Location

​© 2021 by Kara Kohnen, LMFT @ Grow Through Life Counseling   Located: Eastlake of Chula Vista, Del Mar, San Diego, Scripps Ranch, Oceanside and Temecula. *Now Offering Telehealth! 

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