Rancho Bernardo Clinicians

Nancy Acevedo, MFT

MFT #117819


Nancy is a bilingual (Spanish speaking) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who brings a balance of warmth, empathy, and humor into the work she provides to clients. She utilizes a strength-based approach by supporting clients to identify what is working well, rather than focusing on what is not. She strives to provide a safe, compassionate, and therapeutic space for clients to freely express who they are without fear of judgement. Nancy received her Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College and has since gained much of her clinical experience working with children, adolescents, transition-aged youths, and families. Her mission is to support clients in finding their strengths, voice, and self- worth. Nancy is also committed to supporting clients in living lives of joy, passion, and meaning.   

Nancy routinely incorporates various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience treating clients who struggle with depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, substance use, grief and loss, LGBTQ related challenges, anger management, and survivors of trauma.

Emily Judge, LPCC

LPCC #7867


Emily is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys working with children, teens, adults and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and holds professional clinical licenses in both California (LPCC) and Colorado (LPC). Emily draws upon a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Feminist Theory (aims to understand the nature of gender inequality and acknowledges systems of oppression) Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. Emily has experience in treating a variety of mental health concerns including adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, family disruption, oppositional behaviors and stress related concerns.


Emily maintains that a major healing aspect of counseling comes from a collaborative effort between counselor and client. The client and counselor are a therapeutic team working together to heal what is hurting. Emily believes that real life demands real counselors. She strives to create a judgement free space where you can feel comfortable to be vulnerable and open. Emily has worked in a variety of mental health settings including intensive services, outpatient community clinics and school based programs and has provided counseling in English and Spanish. Emily offers adapted mental health treatment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. (Please let her know of any sensory concerns so potential accommodations can be made.)  


Emily welcomes all clients to inquire about counseling regardless of language, lifestyle, age, relationship status, belief system, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, race, ethnicity, unavailable childcare and children in tow, life experience or thoughts on counseling.

Mylene Eduvala, LCSW

LCSW #87028

Mylene Eduvala is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating individuals with depression and anxiety disorders, life stressors, and trauma. She takes a strengths-based approach in her work with individuals, couples, and families. She has a passion for working with military service members and their families in developing skills to target stressors unique to that community. 

Mylene has experience in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient (PHP/IOP) programs, and non-profit organizations.  She is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for treating OCD and Anxiety Disorders, as well as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing therapy(CPT) for trauma. She also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.  

Mylene received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and her Master of Social Work degree (with an emphasis on Military Social Work) from the University of Southern California.  With her knowledge and experience, she works collaboratively with her clients to provide a safe, supportive environment to promote self-efficacy and resilience. 

Allison (Turley) Barton, MFT

MFT #108104 

Allison Turley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is excited to offer a supportive therapy environment to clients in need. Allison has experience treating individuals, adolescents, and families struggling with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, emotional regulation issues, relationships, and life stressors.  Her experience prior to Positive Change Counseling Center is working with teens and their families in a non-profit, residential setting to develop coping skills, overcome crisis situations, manage transitional phases of life, and improve family dynamics.  Allison works to guide clients in a non-judgmental, nurturing space of support and practical feedback to help clients gain insight and awareness.

Allison earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.  In 2016, Allison obtained her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University).   Allison is trained in a variety of theoretical models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Skills, Bowen Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. 

Janette Sol, MFT

MFT #85853

Janette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has enjoyed working with children, adolescents and families. She has experience working with individuals who present with symptoms and behaviors related to depression, anxiety, trauma, Adjustment Disorder and life stressors. Janette focuses on collaborating and meeting clients where they are in their process to help support them in their journey.


Previously, Janette has worked in various settings as both a clinician and clinical supervisor, ranging from community and residentially based services, foster care, hospitals and acute crisis settings. She uses her past professional experiences to continue to inform her work with clients and looks to create individualized plans.


Janette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of California, Riverside, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, MFT at Pepperdine University. Her training in the field has been influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment theories, and Trauma. She is a certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) with adolescents. Additionally, she enjoys bringing art into sessions as a tool for client’s to express themselves. She uses a strength based approach with a trauma informed lens, to join clients on their journey and process with life.

Heather Gibson, MFT

MFT #97630

Heather is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has experience helping adult individuals who are struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, life stressors and trauma. Heather additionally has a special interest in helping individuals heal through bereavement, grief and all forms of loss.

Heather earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2010, and her Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at the University of San Diego (USD) in 2014.  She completed her internship as a Lead Therapist at the UCSD Family Medicine Collaborative Care Program, alongside physicians, psychiatrists, MFTs and Psychologists. She then joined Positive Change Counseling Center in 2016.

Heather incorporates techniques from a variety of theoretical models including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Modification, Narrative Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, Structural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. In her work, Heather adopts a “bio/psycho/social/spiritual” perspective, seeing all of the parts that make a person whole. Heather welcomes clients of all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths/belief systems, genders, and sexual orientations to join her in working toward creating meaningful change. Through empowerment and teaching self-efficacy, Heather hopes to join clients on the journey of creating the life they envision for themselves. She looks forward to meeting you.

S. Giovanna Carr, MFT

MFT #99196

Giovanna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who offers a supportive and trauma informed approach and is excited to work with clients in need. Giovanna has experience treating individuals, couples and families living with chronic illness, Trauma and Stress Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, relationship issues and mood disorders.

Giovanna completed her Bachelors degree in Communication Arts from Regis University, her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. After completing her Masters degree in Sociology, Giovanna worked in skilled nursing for over 10 years, helping clients adjust to and deal with grief and loss, as well as, adjustment issues associated with physical and mental health. After completing her Masters degree in Psychology, Giovanna has worked to assure that each of her clients has received the care that they need. Giovanna has experience working with individuals with varying mental health concerns, including chronic long-term health issues. 

Giovanna is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy. Giovanna believes in a strength-based approach that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of the client.

Cara McDowell, MFT

 MFT #43358

Cara’s approach to treating her clients is warm, respectful, responsive, and nurturing. She has a genuine interest in the happiness of her clients. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups treating a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, parenting, adjustment to life changes/stressors, and relationship/marital issues. 

Cara utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as strength based and solution-focused models to help her clients. She tailors treatment techniques and goals to match each client’s needs.  

Cara has a passion for working with couples and uses Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in her treatment. EFT is a structured, research backed, and highly effective approach to couples’ therapy. Its main premise is to help replace negative cycles the couple has formed over the course of their relationship with new positive cycles to help nurture new bonding interactions. This enables permanent change in the relationship to become a safe and healing place for both partners.

Cara also enjoys working with teenage girls. She has a special ability to offer active, authentic and respectful insight by using direct and non-judgmental feedback.  She helps them to take control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by providing them with the skills and knowledge to make better decisions.  

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