There are times when an outside perspective can really help you work through a tough season, a nagging problem, or a difficult relationship. Counseling can be a healthy, beneficial service that helps you process, learn, and grow–personally, relationally, and in your relationship with God. While LJCC does not have a counseling center, we have put together a list of Certified Professional Christian counselors and mental health professionals.
If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. If the situation is not life-threatening, use 211 as a resource in San Diego. 211 is a free, 24-hour confidential phone service and searchable online database to help people in the San Diego community access appropriate services. Dial 211 or visit 211sandiego.org.
* LJCC provides this list for convenience and does not endorse or recommend any particular therapist or service.
Phone: (858) 337-9884
Areas of focus and services: couples and family therapy, relational conflicts, parenting skills, family difficulties, to work concerns, personal growth, depression, grief, stress, anger, anxiety and addictions.
Dr. Baya Mebarek is a Christian licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her private practice, San Diego Couples & Family Therapy, is located in Sorrento Valley road in San Diego, CA. She sees clients on an individual, relationship, and family basis. Her primary focus is Couples & Family Therapy. She aims to create greater levels of trust, safety and stronger emotional bonds. Further issues addressed range from relational conflicts, parenting skills, family difficulties, to work concerns, personal growth, depression, grief, stress, anger, anxiety and addictions. She is compassionate, understanding and down-to earth. She works with all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and additionally is trained in grief therapy, is a certified positive discipline parenting educator and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor. She is trained in clinical hypnosis, with an emphasis in treating depression and anxiety. She has been working as an adjunct professor at Alliant International University (AIU) and as a guest professor at Bethel Seminary in their Master’s and Doctorate programs. She is a referral source for Focus on the Family and is keenly aware of the dichotomous worldviews Psychology and Christianity have that cannot be embedded into one another no matter how hard anyone tries. She is a good standing member with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapist, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist.
San Diego Couples & Family Therapy
Baya Mebarek, Psy.D., License Marriage, Family Therapist
CA License # MFC 48379
11772 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 157
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 488-5732
Areas of focus and services: relationship issues, attachment, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, obsessive/compulsivity, sexual dysfunction and trauma (EMDR), executive coaching and conflict resolution for faith-based organizations
Stephanie Nigh, licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist, has co-directed Pacific Beach Counseling with her husband, David Hendrick, since 1985. Stephanie works from a developmental, depth perspective with adult individuals, couples and adolescents. Her areas of specialty include grief, loss relationship issues, attachment, anxiety, depression, obsessive/compulsivity, sexual dysfunction and trauma (EMDR). Stephanie’s collaborative approach strengthens patterns for change and growth while addressing each client’s specific concerns. Stephanie provides groups for clergy, helping professionals and business leaders. Through Creative Leadership Dynamics, she offers consultation, professional coaching and consultation, and conflict resolution to faith-based organizations. Stephanie has been a clinical facilitator for Cloud/ Townsend’s Leadership Training Intensives and a faculty serving on board of advanced Psychoanalytic Program at San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. Pacific Beach Counseling provides an advanced therapy approach to meet the needs of high functioning individuals, professionals, and couples. We have offices in Pacific Beach.
Stephanie Nigh M.S.
Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist (MFC 19059)
Pacific Beach Counseling
1112 Chalcedony St.
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (619) 291-9164
Areas of focus and services: individuals, couples, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress, alcohol/substance abuse, eating disorders, grief and loss
Dr. Marti Peck is a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1991, and also certified in Adult Psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is currently in private practice in the Old Town (Central) area of San Diego County, close to Downtown and Mission Valley. She is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, International Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, and a Senior Faculty Member at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
Dr. Peck provides both short-term and long-term professional/therapeutic services to Christian and non-Christian adult individuals and couples, through psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, which is a form of intensive, longer-term treatment found to be beneficial to individuals desiring to change lifelong, deeply engrained patterns characteristic in one’s personality. Clinically, she treats depressive and anxiety disorders, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress, alcohol/substance abuse, eating disorders and grief/loss. She is currently a contracted provider on the panels of Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross insurance.
Marti E. Peck, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Certified Psychoanalyst
CA License # PSY12131
2251 San Diego Avenue, Suite B253
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 888-6398
Areas of focus and services: stress, anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, grief and loss, aging and senior issues, teens, premarital counseling, career counseling, emotional issues with food, theophostic counseling, energy psychology, EMDR (in training)
Elaine M. Quattro, is a member of the La Jolla Community Church family and is a licensed psychotherapist. With her many years of experience, she knows how to assess situations quickly and provide assistance when needed in a solution focused manner.
Her training and Christian background can provide the provide the most effective therapeutic approaches that will help you to make positive changes and improve the quality of your relationships.
Elaine Quattro, MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
5190 Governor Drive, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (858) 597-9270
Areas of focus and services: individual, families, couples, alcoholism, addiction, group counseling, interventions
John C. Seaman, M.A, C.A.D.C. II, M.A.C; and wife, Lindy Christiana, are members of La Jolla Community Church, and both are actively involved in the San Diego community. John has been helping individuals and families deal with alcoholism and drug issues for over 25 years.
As an educator and Consultant, at the Betty Ford Center, Del Mar, John has helped many face the challenges of addiction and mental health problems. In his private practice John works not only with individuals and families, but throughout San Diego and beyond, working collaboratively with the educational system, law enforcement, Juvenile and Adult Courts, and various health care agencies. The increasing use of alcohol and drugs across all age groups, and populations, make raising awareness about these issues a key concern.
As a long time Instructor at UCSD teaching Chemical Dependency Treatment and Advanced Intervention, John’s passion to help others has been enduring and his philosophy is clear. “Those who are honest open and willing, have the best chance of Recovery”.
John offers free, weekly lectures at the Betty Ford Center, San Diego, on the Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, and the process of Intervention. He facilitates Interventions for families and loved ones of addicts who may be in denial, and has conducted approximately 1400 Interventions in the past 20 years.
John offers individual and group counseling, as well as trainings and educational lectures for physicians and professionals.
Areas of focus and services: substance/alcohol dependency, eating disorders, anxiety, panic disorder, trauma, relational issues
Gina M. Taffi, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst located in Del Mar. She works with individuals experiencing anxiety, relationship difficulties, addictions, depression, cancer, chronic illness, childhood sexual abuse, eating disorders and complex trauma from the past that continues to show up in the presence.
Dr. Taffi’s approach to treatment reflects her many years of training in interpersonal/relational and contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy. She is also trained in EMDR and mindfulness modalities.
Dr. Taffi has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine. She is an active member of a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about Dr. Taffi’s practice please call or contact her through her website.
Gina M. Taffi, Ph.D., Psy.D.
3790 Via De La Valle, Suite 114
Del Mar, CA 92014
Areas of focus and services: Identity Development for individuals of all ages, Adolescent and Emerging Adult Issues, Athletes, Relationships, Parenting, Spirituality, Diversity and Intercultural Challenges
Jodi is a Licensed Psychologist, with a private practice in La Jolla CA, who specializes in guiding individuals on their journey of self-discovery, helping couples and families to achieve greater intimacy and relational health, cultivating resiliency and the potential to thrive, as well as the integration of heart, mind, body, and spirit. She has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary as well as a master’s degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. She has had a variety of clinical experiences, ranging from working with a culturally and religiously diverse population while living in Doha, Qatar for four years, to working in a men’s maximum-security prison. She also served as the Athletics Counselor for D-1 student athletes at Pepperdine University.
Jodi is passionate about helping people of all ages to live well. Utilizing a combination of coaching-psychology and psychotherapy, she helps individuals and couples embrace their true identities, understand and work through core problem areas, and engage in authentic and emotionally healthy lives. Jodi also leads groups, workshops and weekend retreats.
Jodi Tompkins, PsyD, MA
836 Prospect Street, Suite 101
La Jolla, CA 92037
There are times when an individual or family needs immediate support to provide food, clothing, shelter or healthcare. LJCC maintains a Benevolence Fund to provide limited assistance when difficult circumstances arise. This assistance is a one-time relief when other resources (family, friends, etc.) are not available.
Generous gifts over and above our members’ commitments to the operating budget and Capital Campaign are welcomed. To make a contribution to the Benevolence Fund, visit our Giving page.
If you know someone who is in immediate need, please let us know at Benevolence@LJCC.org.