Our Therapists and Fees



PPO Insurance often covers cognitive behavioral therapy. Call your insurance company and ask: (1) the amount of your deductible and also (2) what percentage of behavioral health services they will cover for an out of network provider. Upon request, our office will provide a receipt. 

Fees for this provider:

45-minute session: $180

90- minute session: $325

Our associate therapists provide sliding scale rates. 

CBT therapist, parent coach and ASW supervisor Karen Kerschmann

We all face many challenges in our lives.  Along with demanding schedules, the increase in technology and expectations, more people need help to cope with their day to day lives. One method found to be helpful is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


About me

At the beginning of my work, I practiced what is called the ‘eclectic approach’, which uses different techniques depending on the client. Meanwhile, over the last 20 years I discovered cognitive therapy consistently resulted in more effective and long-lasting results. After specialized training under the Cognitive Therapy and Training Center, certified by Academy of Cognitive Therapy, did I consider myself to be a true cognitive behavioral therapist.

Clinical hypnosis, alongside CBT therapy,  can  ‘amplify’ the desired shifts in thought and behavior. Although qualified cognitive behavioral therapists and hypnotherapists are available in San Diego, there were few clinicians who specialize in both. Therefore, I moved ahead to complete Michael Yapko’s intensive training in clinical hypnosis for mental health specialists. The results are gratifying, and I am so pleased that I can offer both modes of treatment. 

Additional Information

Ms. Kerschmann contributes to the field through research and community action. Her work providing clinical consult is acknowledged in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5.  Also, Ms. Kerschmann’s work with the cognitive behavioral process in teens has been acknowledged in the professional journal The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies. She is also a member of the San Diego Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Consortium. 

Ms. Kerschmann’s experience includes training with the Mediation Centre in Melbourne, Australia, where she contributed to the creation of a parent-adolescent-school mediation program (CRESS). 

Her educational background includes a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in law and political psychology. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Kerschmann is an advocate for current and former foster youth and is a foster parent for Special Families. Furthermore, she offers individual, group, and family CBT therapy to former foster youth under the age of 25 for a low fee or pro bono. 

Read Karen’s blog here


For appointments, please contact Amber directly. 



Fees for this provider:

15-minute consultation: Free

45-minute session: $120

90-minute session: $200

We’re all doing the best we can with what we have to work with. Sometimes we can use some extra tools in our toolbox to support us in managing when life occurrences seem to pile up and we just need a break. By employing a holistic approach —not just looking at you but also how your environment is impacting your mental health —we can utilize therapy to provide that extra support. 

Amber McKinney practices clinical social work with experience in individual, family and group therapy. She’s trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing and more.

Amber’s passion for behavioral health field got put into play over 10 years ago, as a child counselor at residential group homes. Since then, she’s amassed experience working with individuals ages 4 to 65-years-old coping with a range of life circumstances including trauma, homelessness and more.

If you find yourself reading this and have more questions about how therapy can support you in your life, please feel free to reach out and schedule a free 15-minute consultation. I appreciate you taking the time to explore your needs thus far. It’s time to give yourself the care you deserve.


Fee: 45-minute session: $100

For appointments with Allison, please contact the office directly at 619-889-0662. 

ICBT Internf you are considering therapy, you’ve already taken an enormous step towards becoming your best self. As a practitioner with a special interest in anxiety, I focus on adjustments, life transitions, and life stressors. I help my clients learn to utilize their own unique strengths and create skills to effectively cope with stress and anxiety. Together we will develop strategies to help build resilience for dealing with future obstacles.

I take a holistic approach to mental health that addresses biological, psychological, and psychosocial factors with a focus on lifestyle, nutrition, and supplementation. I aim to provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable and are able to be their authentic selves. It is my goal to instill hope in my clients and help them navigate a way forward. I am here to support and guide you towards reaching your goals and improving your well-being. If you are ready to take the first step, I am here to take this journey with you.

Allison is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 



(619) 637-3180

Fees for this provider: 

45-minute session: $120

90- minute session: $200

Therapist in San DiegoAs a licensed clinical social worker, I use a comprehensive approach considering how all aspects of a person’s life can impact overall well-being. I work people from all ages and backgrounds, and see individual dealing with any kind of problem or conflict within themselves, interpersonal, romantic, work, family, etc. The goal is to help gain insight into the nature of their situation, as well as help them develop the skills for taking action and making changes that help them feel in control and happier. Together we will use powerful tools to support your individualized healing path.

The atmosphere that is created in the therapy session is one of warmth, safety, and acceptance. I have a straightforward, interactive approach to treatment. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe in the healing benefits of psychotherapy. 


Bella comes to the office simply to give puppy love. There is mounting evidence that petting a dog just for a few minutes releases ‘feel-good’ hormones. After you give Bella some of your time, it’s common to feel a welcome reduction in stress.






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