Co-Directors and Facilitators
John is Co-Director of San Diego LifeSTAR.
John attended and graduated with honors from California Institute of Integral Studies’ Integral Counseling (CIIS) Program with a masters degree in counseling psychology. CIIS emphasized treating individuals holistically and within their connected family and support environment.
He started his mental health career working with severely emotional disturbed children and their families with Sonoma County mental health. He then served as a school counselor for Rincon Valley Unified School District where he helped to develop an anti-violence program and a childhood depression screening for schools and families. While in training with Dr. Gary Bunnell, John worked at Excel Now where he treated adults struggling with bi-polar and major depression using new methodology which integrates western psychology with meditation and relaxation techniques. In 2002 John moved to Southern California where he continued treating teens struggling with emotional as well as substance abuse problems. In John’s work with adults he has focused on helping couples establish better communication. John also works with individuals struggling with anxiety, stress management and those in need of trauma recovedry work from being wounded in childhood.
John has specialized training as a substance abuse counselor and group facilitater, under Dr. Mark Falls. He also trained under noted Sonoma County psychiatrist Dr. Gary Bunnell.
In August 2006 John received his initial Life STAR training with LifeSTAR co-founders Dan Gray and Todd Olson. He has subsequently trained under Dr. Marie Wilson (among others) the noted Meadows sex addiction art therapist. John currently oversees and leads all three phases of San Diego LifeStar groups. He is co-director of LifeStar San Diego with Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen and is owner and CEO of Teens Off Chemicals.
Becca is Co-Director of San Diego LifeSTAR. She is Faculty at Alliant International University and Director of TRI EFT Alliant. She has taught Psychology and Family Life Courses. She loves doing group work and has years of experience with men’s sexual addictions groups and couple’s therapy groups. She joined the LifeSTAR team in 2007.
Becca is an expert practioner of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), being a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor/Consultant and Trainer. She trains psychologists, marriage and family therapists and counselors how to do couple therapy across the globe. She began practicing as a psychotherapist 20+ years ago. Becca’s primary research interests are in the area of couples therapy, observational process research and compulsive sexual behavior. Becca is a native Californian.
Dr. Jorgensen holds the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University, the M.S. in Clinical Child and Youth Work, a family counseling program, and the B.S. in Psychogy, both from Western Oregon University.
Nicole is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is currently in private practice with San Diego Institute for Couples and Families. She has specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and enjoys facilitating healing and restoration in hurting relationships. For almost five years, Nicole was a treatment coordinator for Alvarado Parkway’s intensive outpatient program for chemical dependency and mood disorders where she gained significant experience working with addiction and its impact on the family system. In addition to treating individuals with compulsive behaviors or addiction problems, Nicole also facilitated family groups to help family members heal in the recovery process.
Nicole’s background includes working in the public education system as a middle school teacher for 11 years, facilitating groups for victims of domestic violence and working with clients struggling with substance abuse, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
Nicole graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University and earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She is also bilingual in Spanish and has lived abroad in Mexico and Argentina, which has made her sensitive to variables in relationship dynamics that may have cultural significance.
A registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Tom provides counseling for adults, adolescents, couples, and families and is committed to restoring hope in the lives of those he works with. Tom is currently a Treatment Coordinator at Paradise Valley Hospital as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist at the San Diego Institute for Couples and Families. He enjoys working with couples, men, and adolescents, and specializes in topics such as sex addiction and compulsivity, anxiety, anger, issues of life transition, and spirituality. Tom received his Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from Western Seminary where he also completed advanced training in professional coaching. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento.