11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92130
Eastlake located at:
2300 Boswell Rd, Suite 245 Chula Vista, CA 91914
Scripps Ranch located at: 9820 Willow Creek Rd, Suite 240 San Diego CA 92131.
Oceanside located at: 2181 S El Camino Real, Suite 204 Oceanside CA 92054
Nicole Hernandez recently joined our team as an intake coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s in
Applied Behavioral Science and plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is also
working towards obtaining her Master’s teaching permit in child development. Nicole has a
background working with children who have autism, and with women struggling with co-
occurring disorders and eating disorders. Nicole is also a preschool teacher and enjoys working
with children and families. She is passionate about holistic health and believes it is important to
integrate mind, body, and soul in order to have a balanced sense of well-being. Nicole is intuitive
and empathetic to others needs and eager to learn.
Client Support Manager
Shakera Yusifi joined Grow Through Life Counseling in 2019 to support clients and therapist in providing great care and assisting in billing on boarding processes. Shakera brings with her her talent for working compassionately with people and addressing their needs. Shakera has previous HR experience at a Client Support Manager for EA Health Corp with complex organization and support tasks. Prior to this, Shakera was the Head Neurophysical Training at the Drake Institute in Vista, CA. She provided direct care as well as managed a team of technicians in assessing and treating ADHD, Autism and other Learning and Processing Disorders. Shakera is passionate about helping others.
Kara Kohnen, LMFT
Clinical Director and Owner
Kara Kohnen is the Clinical Director at Grow Through Life Counseling and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years of experience working with children, teens and families in behavioral health. In June 2012, she began Grow Through Life Counseling for specialized treatment of children, teens and families. Her areas of expertise include: parenting, behavior modification, ADHD, Learning Disorders and high functioning Autism. She enjoys working with younger patients and frequently work with families as part of the treatment process. She also help adults with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, transitions and grief. She use several techniques including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) as part of the treatment process. She is a clinical supervisor of prelicensed clinicians and has taught in graduate programs. In 2017, Kara wrote twobooks: one for children called "Why Am I Going to Counseling?" to help parents explain the benefits of treatment and the therapeutic relationships of children starting and in treatment and "13 Reason Why Am I Going to Counseling for Teens" to help teens actively engage in the process and to promote suicide prevention. Kara enjoys speaking at schools and in communities of topics about pediatric mental health, teen mental health and suicide prevention.