Life Enrichment Services
Julie Markowitz, ASW
Julie Markowitz, ASW
"I believe healing the relationship with the self is the key to happiness and freedom from past pain and trauma. I do not treat symptoms; I treat a whole person. I work with my clients to build a healthy relationship based on mutual trust, empathy, warmth and care in a non-judgmental atmosphere. I believe that the client is the expert; therefore, I empower my clients to take the lead in their treatment. I truly believe that full recovery is possible for anyone if they are willing to confront their issues.
I focus on the mind-body connection and work with my clients to understand how bodily symptoms are distracting them from painful thoughts and feelings. I use the method of Dr. John Sarno and bridge the gap between the mind and body to alleviate physical symptoms. With this approach I have helped people overcome: chronic pain, depression and addictions.
I work psychodynamically which means we talk about the past to understand what unconscious processes are impacting a person's current life. Through bringing thoughts and feelings into conscious awareness, my clients learn to make new choices that help improve their lives. I also have training in Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Somatic Experiencing."
Jerleen earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Her passion for psychology developed from her own personal work of understanding her emotions and relationships over the past 8 years. She's experienced different stages of personal development and growth. She continues to strive towards a deeper understanding of herself and others. Clinically, her philosophy is based on Jungian and Humanist psychotherapy. She has worked extensively with all ages and specifically with teens and adults. Her experience as an associate marriage and family therapist has provided her with skills to help individuals, parents, and couples with a wide range of emotional dysregulation, behavioral issues, trauma, and toxic abusive relationships. Her overall goal is creating an anchor for those who are willing to explore and cultivate themselves by creating a safe and non-judgmental space.
Rashida is an Associate Clinical Social Worker #72623 in the State of California. Her education and professional background encompasses a holistic approach to counseling and working to provide clients with individualized treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives. She has a master’s level education in clinical social work and ethnomusicology. Prior to becoming a clinician, she was a professional concert harpist, music instructor, and music researcher for over a decade. She graduated from New England Conservatory and The University of Chicago. Outside of private practice, she works as a child and family therapist in a residential rehabilitation facility and as a rehabilitation specialist in a crisis center. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns and is trained in play therapy, mindfulness, integrative, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is a trauma-informed, person-centered therapist, and professional member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Molly holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is also a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator certified through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment, Justice Resource Institute in Boston. She believes in a mind-body approach and that the combination of therapy and yoga can help to reduce symptoms of complex trauma.
Molly’s philosophy stems from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. In which our thoughts are connected to our emotions, which dictate our behaviors, and lead to various courses of action throughout our lives. Our emotions are formed out of our core beliefs and impact our decision-making on every level. Therefore, in our work together we will begin by identifying core beliefs in order to understand the impact they have on our decision-making, thought patterns, and relationships.
Molly has experience working with a culturally and clinically diverse population of children, adolescents, adults, and families in domestic and international settings. She has worked with refugees, foster youth, domestic violence, substance use, homelessness, and at-risk youth in San Diego, San Francisco, Sonoma, Tel Aviv, and Colombia. Molly is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Sekhmet & Freyja
Sekhmet & Freyja
Sekhmet is an 10 year old fawn pug who provides canine therapy to clients and staff at LES. She is semi-retired now and just does cameos. She is a Certified Canine Good Citizen. Freyja is a 1 year old pug that is well on her journey to provide an immediate reduction in symptoms for our clients.
Did you know?
• Sigmund Freud used his dog in psychotherapy to reduce his own anxiety and help his patients relax.
• Mayo Clinic founder Dr Charles Mayo used a dog to help his patients heal faster.
• Dogs don't care what you look like, how you feel, who you hang out with, or what you do for a living. They just like being with you.
Did you Know? DOGS
• decrease a person's blood pressure
• reduce stress and anxiety
• increase chemicals in the brain that reduce pain and depression and enhance happiness
• help people feel safer and more trusting
Chai is a student at University of California Irvine. He works part time at LES providing administrative support.
Sibelia has over 20 years experience as a mental health therapist, helping people heal, live happier lives, and reach their goals. Whether you suffer from depression, PTSD, or are in the midst of a life transition, you will have ongoing support and encouragement from a dedicated professional. She also has a background as a teacher, mindfulness practitioner, and is a parent of a child w/ special needs.
Sibelia uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), EMDR (trauma processing), animal assisted therapy, internal family systems (IFS), Non violent communication (NVC), dream work, codependency work, gestalt, and mindfulness practice, tailoring treatment for her client's individual needs. Sibelia uses techniques and practices from the recovery movement (client centered care), trauma informed care (care based on brain research), and integrated health care (integration of mind and body / health and mental health). Consultation is also available to professionals and organizations. Please contact Sibelia regarding your specific request.
Sid is a student at Oceanside High School. He works part time providing Administrative Support.
Sebastian is a young man who enjoys taking walks in the park and is active in his church.