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2231 Camino del Rio South Ste. 308, San Diego, CA 92108 619-318-1901

Sylvia’s Bio

I’m a San Diego native and had the great opportunity to grow up at the beach when it was safe for kids to run around without parents.  I went to college right after high school and gladly adopted the “career student” title and obtained two Bachelor’s degrees and two minor degrees.  I moved to the East Coast for a short period of time after graduating and worked at Harvard Book Store on Massachusetts Avenue which was a great experience.   I then went overseas to Japan and taught English as a Second Language for a year and a half.  Upon returning from Japan, I was searching for a permanent career which would allow me to utilize my passions.  I had undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Religions and minor degrees in Psychology and Sociology.   After investigating the field of Counseling, I knew it was a good fit an that I wanted to be a San Diego therapist.

I applied to the University of San Diego and was accepted into their Master’s program for Marriage & Family Therapy.  After graduating from USD in 1999, I worked on accruing the required 3000 hours of experience needed to test for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  I gained my 3000 hours experience as an intern in private practice and as a therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital.  When I became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 43147) I expanded my practice and moved to my current Mission Valley office.

I find the field of counseling a rewarding profession as I’m able to use all my educational and life experiences in varying degrees.  It’s one of the only fields where life in and out of the office isn’t divided.  I love my profession and appreciate my clients and all the hard work they do to make their lives and relationships better.