As director of NCCA, I seek to provide a safe and nurturing space in which to increase life-satisfaction, build self-esteem, and tackle emotional, relational, and psychological challenges. With 30 years of experience, my compassionate approach to counseling allows for personal discovery that is meaningful and life changing.
I help clients who are navigating the various stages of life that can trigger depression or anxiety – including fertility, postpartum, the empty nest, aging, and challenges specific to the “sandwich generation” (those managing children still in the home and aging parents in need of care). I work with parents in all phases of child-rearing and, in particular, those raising a child with ADHD. In addition, I work with adolescents and young adults to help them reach their potential and overcome emotional conflicts, stresses, and challenges. Finally, with strong experience in hospital and home health care, I am uniquely qualified to support those coping with illness and medical crises as well as grief and loss.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.
I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your personal journey.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
Meet our associate, Dr. Zev Kluner, specializing in child & adolescent care:
Zev Kluner, Psy.D. received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (Alliant) in 2017. Dr. Kluner has a wide range of clinical experience with children and adolescents diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD & Autism Spectrum Disorder. He interned at Harmonium (a non-profit outpatient program), San Diego Center for Children (level-14 residential group home) and The Winston School, Del Mar (non-public school, NPS). Additionally, he completed a two year accredited pre-doctoral internship for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, within the juvenile forensic system. Dr. Kluner’s post-doctoral training was at The Winston School, Del Mar, CA, where he worked with both the lower and upper school. Dr. Kluner believes that the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and client is one of the most significant factors of success in treatment. This is evident in the transformation and growth Dr. Kluner’s clients have experienced through his personalized approach of infusing creativity, compassion, theoretical training and evidence-based treatments.
Meet our newest team member, Dr. Stephanie Raducha, specializing in trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, with special expertise in treating active-duty military and veterans:
Stephanie Raducha, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology, (Alliant) San Diego in 2016. Additionally, she completed an APA-accredited internship, as well as post-doctoral training, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, AR.
She specializes in treating adults who have been diagnosed with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating), anxiety, depression, and substance-use disorders. She also has a wide range of experience with active-duty Service Members and Veterans, particularly trauma survivors struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault, and moral injury.
Dr. Raducha has treated people with a variety of traumatic and stressful experiences, and is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), both of which are evidence-based treatments for PTSD. She also employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based interventions.
Dr. Raducha believes that by focusing on trauma at the root of unhealthy coping, and improving coping skills, many problems can be reduced or eliminated for a better quality of life, however each individual defines that.