OUR CLINICAL TEAM
Dr. Timothy R. Lynch is a clinical and forensic psychologist with over 13 years of experience providing clinical evaluations, testing and psychological treatment. He has extensive training in risk assessment, public safety evaluations, fitness evaluations, also known as competency for trial assessments for both military and civilian courts. He is a trauma-trained psychologist and has assessed & treated several hundred US Military service members and their spouses and families at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Calif since 2008. He is a former US Army combat deployed officer and specializes in the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress. I have worked with members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps with PTSD, mild traumatic brain disorder, and chronic pain and am trained in EEG Neurofeedback and re-exposure therapies such as EMDR and Prolonged Exposure.
Dr. Stacy Kim Johnston's Theoretical Orientation is a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral and Insight-Oriented frameworks depending on the client’s needs. “I treat each client as a respected individual and take a humanistic, psycho-educational, coach-like approach. I strongly believe that every human being has inner strengths, some unrecognized, and that exploring and building upon these strengths (versus focusing on pathology) is what can lead individuals to a more balanced life, rich with happiness &fulfillment. I personally strive to live each day in a meaningful way and look forward to helping others do the same.” Specialty areas include: marital and couples counseling, divorce mediation, co-parenting, anger management, communication skills and building self-esteem.
Divorce Mediation Service – to educate divorcing spouses and help them walk through all the court-required decision points that will need to be mutually agreed upon in order to obtain an uncontested divorce (including custody arrangements and separating property and assets). Upon agreement on all relevant issues, spouses will each receive a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that can be presented to the judge. (This specialized service is designed to avoid the cost of two separate attorneys and long, drawn-out divorce proceedings.)
Co-Parenting Program -designed to help parents minimize anger, avoid parental alienation and increase co-parenting techniques and cooperation. The two main purposes of this program are to maintain what is in the best interest of the children and to resolve conflict out of court.
Dr. Lamb is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. She began pursuing her calling in psychology in 2006. Since then, Dr. Lamb has had experience conducting psychotherapy with adolescents and adults, as well as facilitating group therapy and administering psychological and educational testing. She began her clinical work at The Winston School, a private school geared towards enabling students with various learning differences and psychological concerns to complete high school. Dr. Lamb provided group and individual psychotherapy. She also administered psychological testing, including achievement tests that were included in individual education plans. Since then she has spent the past five years working in an outpatient private practice setting, where she has treated a broad array of conditions. Her specialties include health issues, trauma and chronic pain. She works with adults, adolescents, pre-teens and couples. Dr. Lamb strives to empower her clients to achieve change by using the latest research coupled with a warm and practical style.
"I help Individuals and couples make positive changes in life and develop skills to better manage the issues that may get in the way. I will help you make sense of your difficulties and bring understanding to negative behavior patterns. I have worked with a variety of individuals and couples from multicultural backgrounds with wide-ranging and complex issues of mental health. I am particularly experienced in treating those with a history of trauma, depressive and anxious symptoms, those that interfere with: relationships, academic/work performance or personal creativity. I have training in evidence-based treatments, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I have worked in different settings including hospital (inpatient and outpatient) and various non-profit outpatient clinics."
Kelly Gavin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples, and families. Kelly utilizes Solution-Focused Therapy and CBT approaches to treat a wide range of challenges related to anxiety, depression, stress management, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, grief and loss, family conflict, and life transitions with the goal of improving relationships, life satisfaction, and overall emotional health and well-being. Kelly also utilizes Mindfulness-Based techniques to further help individuals decrease suffering and develop a greater sense of control and capability to manage everyday life stressors.
Kristin Green, LMFT is a strengths-based, trauma-informed clinician. Clinical orientations include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy. Previous clinical experience includes working at a hospice, providing pre and post bereavement services with patients and families, team and community-based behavior modification, crisis management, and safety planning with families in the home and school environments, foster youth and the county child welfare, as well as couples and individuals in a private practice setting. Populations served include children ages 5-12, adolescents 13-23, (specialties - self-identity, and social anxiety), and adults with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. An open-minded approach and the willingness to meet patients where there are at in the stages of change.
When considering the need for medications, many people have strong feelings about whether they are an option in treatment. We respect the fact that you know yourself best and that adding a medication regimen to your treatment is best left up to you. However, if you are unsure, or if you and your therapist have discussed the potential benefit and you would like to learn more, we urge you to seek out a consultation with our board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Bianca Karris. We invite you to ask questions about any medications that may be recommended for you, should you have any concerns about safety, benefits and risk. When it is indicated, medications can augment and speed up your recovery. If you are only taking medications, we urge you to give talk therapy a try as well, as research has shown that the combination is often superior to either treatment alone.
Dr. Kevin T. Holleman, D.O. is a board-certified general psychiatrist. He graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. He served eight years in the US Navy. Dr. Holleman provides medication management and psychotherapy for adults. His office is located off Aero Drive near Montgomery Field. Initial evaluations are a one hour interview with a focus on the presenting problem and review of medical and mental health history. Psychiatric and Psychological services are both available at this location.
Joe Sasson is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys helping others identify the blockages impeding their progress on their life path. Joe believes therapy should involve the patient feeling trust, support, and respect in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Joe grew up in San Diego, CA, but obtained his masters in social work in Las Vegas, NM where he also worked with families and youth in elementary, middle, and high school. Joe moved back to San Diego in 2014 and has been working with all age groups suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and attachment issues. Joe is trained in EMDR and uses this modality to help patients strengthen their inner resources and process trauma or replace negative thought patterns with positive ones. Joe also uses attachment-focused interventions and Jungian active imagination as needed.
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is an author, speaker, expert in using Integrative Medicine for the treatment of food and body image issues and addictions. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and also in Addiction Medicine and is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s fellowship in Integrative Medicine. She consults with treatment centers around the US who want to include her unique integrative medicine approach to treat eating disorders and addictions. She is the author of three books; the latest is The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook. Dr. Ross is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, an online coaching program for food and body image issues. Dr. Ross’ belief that addictions and eating disorders are a wake-up call to change not only on the physiological and behavioral levels but also on the mental and spiritual levels is a compelling thread that runs through all of her work with clients.