Kristen O’Dwyer

Kristen O’Dwyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has been practicing in the mental health field for over 5 years. Kristen received specialized training at the University of Michigan, where she focused on interpersonal practice and mental health.

Kristen utilizes evidenced base practices, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. These modalities aid with exploring change, being present and creating a life that feels worth living and balanced.

Kristen has experience working with a diverse client population. She has predominantly worked with clients with mood disorders, relationship problems, trauma and PTSD, addiction and difficult life transitions. Kristen has worked with clients in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, intensive day treatment programs and outpatient telehealth settings.

“I am dedicated to meeting you where you are at. Therapy can feel vulnerable and I appreciate you allowing me to be part of your journey. I look forward to working with you.”

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction can involve the use of many different types of substances, including alcohol, opioids, nicotine, marijuana and even addictive behaviors such as gambling.  Studies have shown that addictive behaviors share certain neurological features such as reward and reinforcement. Alcohol abuse occurs when an individual drinks in a situation, manner, frequency or amount where that individual...

Improve your Relationship with your Partner

Relationships are not easy, and maintaining one takes work from each person involved.  There are ways to enhance the bond between a couple and it takes commitment, mutual respect and effort.  Every relationship is different, and no relationship is perfect.  However, you can use some strategies to keep your relationship healthy and positive. When communicating...

Laura Schairer

Dr. Schairer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has been providing therapy to clients for over 5 years. Dr. Schairer has extensive experience working with individuals and couples. She also spent three of her training years providing psychotherapy in VA hospitals. In addition to providing treatment for common issues in veterans such as relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, and PTSD, Dr. Schairer also received specialized training in health psychology. She has helped many clients adjust to medical illness, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, renal failure, acute injury, loss of limbs, and spinal cord injury (among others).

Dr. Schairer generally works from a cognitive behavioral perspective which integrates elements of other highly effective therapies, including dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. Dr. Schairer has specific training in motivational interviewing, a widely researched method for helping people achieve behavior change (e.g. stopping smoking) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and chronic pain. She also has experience helping people behaviorally manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. She is able to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for clients with PTSD. Dr. Schairer graduated from Yeshiva University in New York City with a PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis. She recently moved to San Diego and has become an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association.

“I feel honored to be able to sit with people through some of the most difficult experiences of their lives and help them navigate their way through those experiences in a way that lines up with their values so they can become the best versions of themselves.”

Candice Beaton

Candice Beaton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who brings her passion for helping and empowering others to her practice. Candice has been in the mental health and social work field for over 7 years where she has gained experience working with civilians and veterans alike. She has counseled clients with trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety throughout her work at the VA and various other treatment settings.

Candice received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University where her focus was on mental health, veterans, and trauma focused treatment. Candice implements evidenced based therapies into her practice including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

“There are always a million reasons to not do something that you know can change your life for the better. When you make that difficult choice to improve your life, I will be there to help guide and support you.”