It is a joy to be part of a journey of authenticity.
After graduating magna cum laude with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, I moved to California to become a clinical supervisor for therapeutic programs. As a life long learner, I then became certified in several modalities including Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), Motivational Interviewing, Eating Disorders (CEDS), and Experiential Therapy (CET I). After being awarded LPS designation, I then went to UCLA for a certification in co-occurring disorders. Working with clients and families of those struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues for the past 25 years, I continually discovered the importance of a therapeutic process to get a deeper level of healing. I have a passion for helping Seekers through the beautifully challenging time of exploring not just behaviors, but the beliefs that hold them. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience and there is a gift in that. My hope is that you gain clarity, confidence, and true connection.
Danielle Hering, LMFT
EMDR Therapy / Breathwork
I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992 and Masters of Science in Psychology in 1994. I chose to become a Marriage and Family Therapist out of my desire to help people. Having personally experienced depression as a teenager, I was inspired to assist others in dealing with their pain. The combination of therapies that I use are designed to release negative belief systems and painful emotions. My years of experience have taught me how to identify the root of the problem and to know what will be most effective in healing what is keeping you stuck. There is a wisdom within our hearts that is meant to guide us, that knows how to heal us. Yet so many people are unable to connect to this aspect of themselves because of all the layers of pain and self-judgement they are carrying.
I utilize a combination of traditional psychotherapy techniques, hypnosis, guided imagery, EMDR, or Breath Work to heal issues at their core. The work is intense at times, but it gets results. My goal is to create a space that allows you to finally discover the truth of who you are.
Amy Ryk, LMFT
Eating Disorder Specialist / DBT Therapy
I received my master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked in the mental health field, specializing in eating disorders and substance abuse in both residential and outpatient settings, since 2006. I value the way therapy supports and empowers people to navigate the complex and sometimes confusing journey of the human experience. By exploring and transforming thought and behavior patterns that restrict fullness of being, one is given the opportunity to restore joy, confidence and authenticity; ultimately approaching life with more purpose, awareness and direction! My role includes facilitating individual, group and family therapy as well as supporting clients through challenges around distress tolerance and emotion regulation. I also work closely with clients to have the best treatment experience possible, targeting your specific needs in relation to beginning treatment and feeling companioned and supported the entire way.
Jennifer York, LMFT
Primary Therapist / Expressive Arts Therapy / BioEnergetic Analysis
I believe we build barriers as an attempt to protect ourselves from childhood and adult relational traumas however, these mind and body defenses are no longer necessary and block us from what we truly want in life; inadvertently causing more suffering than protection. The symptoms of these barriers manifest as depression, anxiety and addiction as well as physical illness.
It is a tremulously courageous task to work through these barriers and it cannot be accomplished alone. We are hurt in relationships and we need to heal in relationships. I have been blessed with caring and attuned therapists that have guided me through the depths of depression and addiction. My passion now is assisting others on this journey of discovering and loving their true selves. I am a relational, somatic and expressive arts therapist. My training and experience is in Art Therapy and Bioenergetic Analysis. I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since, 2004 and hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy since, 2003.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi.
Integrative Life Coach & Counselor / Life Purpose & Meaning
My name is Jamie Clear and I am a Life Coach and Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a Certification as an Integrative Life Coach by the Ford Institute for Transformational Training. I continue to deepen my skills and education in a variety of specialization areas including: Enneagram, MBTI, Art for Healing, Bio-Spiritual Focusing, and Spiritual Direction.
I’ve had the honor of spending hundreds of hours working with clients to create internal shifts that result in deeper levels of fulfillment, connection and meaning, and what I know for sure is that transformation occurs in the context of relationships. Our work together is designed to promote transformation and encourage authenticity as we journey together to reclaim our wholeness and express our truest selves. My intention is that clients leave with more hope in their hearts than when they walked in. As clients begin to re-imagine their life story, new possibilities emerge that create space for a more creative, connected, and generative life. As philosopher and poet, Mark Nepo says, “Every trouble wants to draw the very best of you into the world.”
Elara Montagno, MFTI
Alumni Program Therapist / Yoga Instructor
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil which is where I first developed my respect and appreciation for this beautiful planet that we inhabit. In elementary school I moved to Massachusetts, where I lived throughout college and graduate school. After completing my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University, I followed my heart, my love for sunshine, and my admiration for the great outdoors and moved to San Diego. My passion lies in holistic health and I encourage my clients to get in touch with the earth, natural healing, and open to the truest versions of themselves. I use components of mindfulness, meditation, positive psychology, CBT, and DBT in my solution-focused therapy work and I especially enjoy incorporating natural methods of healing into my sessions. I am also a certified yoga teacher as and I am excited to share my knowledge in overall mind, body, and spiritual wellness.
Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP
Family Program Therapist
Jean Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and a Practitioner and Trainer of Psychodramatic Bodywork®. Through Action Institute of California, Jean facilitates a monthly Family Addiction and Recovery Workshop to support Villa Kali Ma clients and their families in moving forward together on a path of recovery.
Jean has worked in the addiction and mental health fields for more than 22 years, specializing in addiction and codependency recovery, through the lens of trauma resolution and somatic psychotherapy. Jean brings her own 28 year journey of healing and recovery to every workshop she facilitates, and as Founder and CEO of the Action Institute of California, she is committed to using action to effect change on a body, mind and spiritual level.
"I don't believe it to be an exaggeration to say that Villa Kali Ma saved my life. I couldn't have asked for a better environment to heal and redirect onto a path towards true living."Kristen B.
"This place completely changed my life. I needed a drastic change from the typical recovery environment in order to stay sober long term. Villa Kali Ma was more than able to provide a safe healing environment for me to cultivate a strong spiritual connection through yoga, meditation, and an organic lifestyle. I can honestly say that I love who I am today and I am forever grateful for Villa Kali Ma!"Cynthia B.
"I am so grateful I found Villa Kali Ma, it has truly changed my life. Kay is awesome and the entire team who works there is absolutely amazing. I was introduced to many different types of therapy, healing and recovery options. I was able to choose what works for me and continue them outside of treatment once I went home. VKM is truly a tranquil place to start healing. If you are looking for treatment I would highly recommend making this the start to your recovery."Suzie H.