Meet Our Therapists
Kathryn de Bruin
“Born and raised in South Africa a number of my first milestones were achieved in this beautiful, dynamic country.
Amongst these were completing my schooling, a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work, as well beginning my work experience in a private practice in South Africa’s capital city Pretoria. It was there that I facilitated preventative programmes in schools and practiced child therapy.
Alongside my husband, we moved to Aachen, Germany, for two years, an experience which enabled me to explore the human psyche in terms of environment adjustments and change management. It was after this two year period that my husband and I moved to San Diego, USA. Having lived in various countries, experiencing and working with different ethnic groups, I have become better equipped to relate to and counsel individuals dealing with life changes and challenges.
In 2004, having lived in San Diego for four years, I attained my Masters of Arts at Bethel Seminary, graduating Summa Cum Laude. It was during my training and internship that I was able to work in a variety of settings to gain the experience and expertise required for effective psychotherapy.
I have a passion to empower individuals and families to attain a higher standard of functioning. I am therefore licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a registered Play Therapist Supervisor and an Emotionally Focused Therapy Supervisor. I am also passionate about supervising and consulting other professionals who work with children, families and couples. This includes weekly individual and group supervision to trainees and interns of the non-profit Alliant Couple and Family Clinic.
I am a wife and a mother of three children. This experience has enabled me to reflect on the significance of Child Therapy as well as Marital Therapy and given me the life experience necessary to interact with clients and professionals alike, ensuring a meaningful, sustainable connection.”
Ansley Fraser Curtis
Therapist, New Alternatives, Crisis Action & Connection
Therapist, Pathways Community Services Catalyst Program
Education and Affiliations:
“We often believe that the physical or emotional resources that we desire are limited or scarce. We engage in attitudes and behaviors that achieve short-term gains at the cost of lasting satisfaction, contentment, or peace of mind. These patterns of behavior can eventually impede our very ability to recognize or experience what might assist us in moving toward our goals and heartfelt desires.
Clients who work with me will find an inviting and collaborative environment where they can bring their “whole” self, the “messy” parts included, and engage in a process to better understand their stories and contexts, while receiving practical suggestions to support their experiences both during and outside of therapy sessions. I enjoy working with clients who wish to get unstuck from repetitive, troublesome, or self-defeating patterns of relating to themselves, others, or their world.
Some of the areas that I work with include: Anxiety, Trauma, Adjustment Issues, Grief and Loss, Recovery from Compulsive Sexual Behaviors, Emotional Overwhelm, and Family of Origin Issues. I work with adults, children, teens, and their families. I incorporate a mindfulness-based approach to therapy called Organic Intelligence in my work with high activation, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I have a flexible schedule and can offer evening appointment times to help accommodate the scheduling needs of students and working professionals. I have morning, afternoon, and evening appointment availabilities. If you would like to learn more about therapy, please do not hesitate to reach out. I’m also available for a free phone or Zoom initial consultation.”
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Therapist in Private Practice Since Oct 2018
Grief Counselor, Scripps Hospice/The Elizabeth Hospice
Intake Counselor, Aurora Behavioral Healthcare San Diego
Medical Case Manager, San Diego Rescue Mission – Recuperative Care Unit
Registered Behavioral Technician, ACES ABA, Inc.
Education and Affiliations:
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary, San Diego, CA
B.A. in Psychology with Honors from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Certified Organic Intelligence Practitioner – Level I & II (Expected Q3 2022)
Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator
Specialized Training in Play Therapy
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Training (In progress)
“I once heard someone say, ‘not everyone needs therapy, but everyone can benefit from it.’ I couldn’t agree more. It can be scary to invite someone into your intimate life experiences, but in that, I see great strength. I honor that courage and vulnerability, and I am passionate about providing a safe space for the children and families that I work with.
I was born and raised in Arizona, to Mexican immigrant parents, and was exposed to diversity at a young age. As a result of my upbringing, I have a great understanding of multi-generational cultural differences and the struggles that come from being bicultural and bilingual (Spanish language). Marriage eventually brought me to sunny San Diego, California over 17 years ago, which has provided me with a great deal of experience in working with a diverse population. Over the span of 15 plus years, I worked as a Paralegal at the Office of the Family Law Facilitator, with the San Diego Superior Court, South County Division, where I helped parents and guardians navigate through their legal matters. Such experience has afforded me the opportunity to understand the process and the impact that the Family Court system can have on individuals and families. Ultimately, I was moved to pursue a career in mental health to end the stigma on mental illness, help empower people to live whole and healthy lives, and engage in meaningful relationships.
Because I believe in creating healthy emotional connections, I work within an Emotionally Focused Therapy lens to help support my clients on their journey towards healing and wholeness. It is a joy and a privilege to do the work that I do!
I look forward to meeting and working with you!”
Children ages 2-18, with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
Families; Adult children and parents, and families navigating through family separation
Education & Affiliations:
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel University – Seminary San Diego.
B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Diego
A.S. Paralegal Studies Cuyamaca College
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship, Winter 2020
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor & Director
Seeking help can potentially feel daunting, exposing, and overwhelming. It can also be our first steps toward repair, healing, and growth. I have found that people are so very strong, courageous, and hard-working, and still need some help when things get hard. I believe therapy can be a unique chance to discover parts of ourselves we forgot about, allow healing for the tender parts, and find new ways of interacting with ourselves and our partners that allow for deeper understanding and connection.
I work with couples and individuals who often struggle with: a feeling of something between angry, sad, and fear that doesn’t have a name, as well as feelings of overwhelm, worry and stress that gets between them and their preferred lives. I seek to create opportunities in therapy to connect more deeply with the truest parts of yourself so that you can then connect more deeply with your purpose, values, and trusted others.
I also really enjoy working with ministries that would like to become more mental health informed and find a link between relational, spiritual, and mental health. I’ve spoken on anxiety, trauma, substance use and addiction, the Enneagram, healthy sexuality and intimacy and other topics.
I am trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (Externship with Sue Johnson, Core Skills, additional advanced training for individuals, couples, and families) and am supervised to become a Certified EFT Therapist. I am a Certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital/pre-engagement therapy.
Attachment based with Emotionally Focused Therapy
Couples therapy: married, partnered, premarital, pre-engaged, and dating
Individuals: Anxiety, transitions, relational distress, trauma, family of origin, and other needs
Training, Education & Affiliations:
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel University – Seminary San Diego.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Member
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Member and provides MFT supervision under AAMFT mentoring
I am available for telehealth or in-person sessions at our Mission Valley and Rancho Bernardo offices on select week days and evenings.
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Kore holds a B.A. in English and a minor in Professional Writing for Civic Engagement from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will graduate with her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in August 2021. Kore is also working towards her PsyD degree at Alliant with a keen interest in trauma.
Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kore worked as a corporate communications advisor, providing strategic counsel to companies in crisis situations such as bankruptcies, sudden management changes, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and reputational attacks. Kore now applies the skills that she developed in that job to her work helping individuals, couples and families move through periods of transition, challenge, and distress.
Kore believes deeply that all people are capable of change, growth, evolution, and healing when met with compassionate care. She primarily works within the framework of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is pursuing certification in both models. Kore has also been a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) since 2015 and, as such, brings mindfulness and somatic awareness into her work as a therapist.
Born and raised in New York, further shaped by the cultures which envelope Boston, Honolulu, Istanbul, San Francisco, San Diego, and extensive travel throughout S.E. Asia. Prior to working in the field of mental health, Stephanie was an executive in the technology sector. Stephanie worked for fortune 500s, mid-sized companies, as well as start-ups.
Stephanie holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology.
Stephanie follows the principles and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidence-based therapy. She is focused on helping individuals, couples, and families find their balance together through building trust, repairing injuries, and renewing confidence in the bonds that enable them to face challenges and overcome obstacles and grow and thrive. Stephanie’s sessions are client-centered and focused on building deep understanding to promote full engagement with purpose. Stephanie works collaboratively with her clients on their goals while supporting their anchors of strength, values, and relationships.
Masters of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University
Bachelors of Arts, Communications and Business, S.U.N.Y Oswego
Secretary, Leadership Board, San Diego Center for EFT
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Member
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Member
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship
Trauma-Focused CBT Certificate
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy Certificate
Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills