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.
I was fortunate to be born and raised in this beautiful city. It’s here I started to direct my focus on a mission to help and empower women all over the world. I obtained my BA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. I explored many avenues of women’s service before realizing that I was drowning and in need of help. For years I struggled with alcohol addiction. Upon entering recovery my direction and passion became clearer. I wanted to help women who also suffered from substance abuse. With this goal in mind, I acquired my AOD certification and pursued my Masters in Professional Counseling (LPC).
I decided to expand my horizons and apply classroom learning to world experience. I took a hiatus from life and ‘Eat, Pray, and Loved’ my way around the world. I ventured to spiritually-inspiring locations such as India and Indonesia (where I became a certified yoga instructor) and spent five months living in Italy. Through discovering culture and spirituality, I learned to open my heart and lead with total compassion, gaining new perspective on life. My journey with Villa Kali Ma started in 2017, when I joined as a resident advisor. I have learned so much here in the last two years and am proud to say I am now the Program Manger. Together with this amazing staff, we have seen so many women rebuild and empower themselves. It is where I feel I belong. Being passionate about spiritual and mental well-being, I serve as a mentor, a yogi and a fellow woman in recovery. It is here at Villa Kali Ma that I aim to further my mission and integrate it with the professionals and vision of this wonderful program.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard.
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.
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.
Therapist/ Yoga Instructor
I am a therapeutic educator, a Somatic Therapist, DBT Therapist a yoga teacher and a devotional singer. I am so honored to be at this point in my journey, and to share in your healing journey with you. I know that we don’t make it in this world alone and I am so grateful for those whom have walked with me along my path. Having gone through my own heroine’s journey, a journey that involves long term recovery from eating and body image issues, painful addictions in mind, body and and behavior, and healing from many forms of trauma. Coming home to my wholeness and to the power of my voice and my heart has set me free, and it is my honor to support Villa Kali Ma and all who go through this program with lifelong tools to feel good, whole, worthy, kind, forgiving and joyful, no matter what the waves of life will bring you. It is not a journey about perfection, it is a practice of coming home each new day. It is my sincere gift to get to share some of what has worked for me, and the medicine that I have cultivated through my own path, with those I serve.
I have been teaching yoga for 13 years. I hold a deep reverence for the medicine that yoga infuses in my life everyday, and the role it has taken in changing my brain, my life, and supporting my daily recovery. This healing led me to investigate the mind body connection more fully and get a Masters in Somatic Psychotherapy at Naropa University, here I researched embodiment, mindfulness, and the healing that happens in the therapeutic relationship. I am trained in DBT therapy and I love to lead groups. I am passionate as a therapist and an activist in issues facing women and I love to support women in reclaiming their voice, their power, their bodies, and the love of sisterhood.
Being open, willing, and honest with ourselves is the beginning to healing the mind, body and soul. This is one of the many lessons I’ve learned to follow in my own journey through sobriety. Greetings! I’m Carie Moser, Case Manager/RA at Villa Kali Ma.
I graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 1995 with my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology. It wasn’t until after I achieved sobriety 4 years ago and my desire to help other women in recovery, that my intuition led me back to school to pursue my certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.
As a Case Manager, I will see you through your whole treatment from intake to discharge and provide you with a supportive and safe place to tell your stories and experiences, while leading with my heart in compassion, kindness, and empathy toward our clients.
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.
"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.