Dr. Jolee J. Brunton: Dr Brunton is the chief psychologist for Focus Psychological Services, which she founded in 1984 to provide clinical services to first-responders in the San Diego area. She is the chief psychologist for San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue Departments. For more than 30 years, Dr. Brunton has counseled hundreds firefighters, police, paramedics, EMTs, and civilian public safety employees and their families. In addition, she provides consultation and training on issues such as critical incident stress management, PTSD, workplace violence prevention, organizational consultation, and conflict management. Dr. Brunton has over 20 years of experience in the assessment, management, and treatment of acute psychiatric patients including those at risk for violence as the clinical supervisor for inpatient psychiatric centers. Dr. Brunton has been an invited participant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's symposia on police psychology and is certified in hostage negotiation through the Administration of Justice, California State University, San Jose. She has extensive experience in workplace crisis and trauma intervention, and alternate dispute resolution.
To leave a voice message for Dr Brunton directly, dial: 619-450-5992
Julie Bennett, LPCC, NCC: Julie Bennett is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) #8818 and National Certified Counselor (NCC) #1093773.
Julie Bennett received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2018. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University in 2015, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked in multiple clinical settings including inpatient psychiatric facilities, short term acute residential treatment (START) programs, and supportive housing. In these environments, she has worked with adults struggling from severe and persistent mental illness as well as co-occuring substance use. Julie has experience conducting individual therapy, group therapy, and psychosocial assessments..
Julie’s specialization areas include crisis intervention, substance use, anxiety and depression, psychosis, and anger management. She believes in utilizing evidence based practices that are tailored to each individual’s strengths and their current experiences. Julie often utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy interventions.
Gabriela Castaneda, Psy.D.: is a registered Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Lourdes Perez Williams. Dr. Castaneda’s clinical experience includes having worked with military veterans suffering from combat related PTSD and issues associated with military sexual trauma at the San Diego Vet Center. Gabriela has worked at various juvenile detention facilities in San Diego County with adolescents in detention and in outpatient settings post-release in addition to adult detention facilities conducting forensic work for the County of San Diego. Prior to working at Focus, Gabriela’s experience includes working in residential treatment facilities focused on women and adolescents suffering from eating disorders and borderline personality. Her therapeutic approach includes cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and emotion-focused systems. Dr. Castaneda has worked with individuals and groups utilizing her bilingual and bicultural background. Prior to graduate school, She worked in a non-sworn capacity for a local law enforcement agency where she worked directly in community services between police and the public.
To leave a voice message for Dr Castaneda directly, dial: 619-677-3007
Lisa Bertelle is not accepting new patients at this time.
Lisa Bertelle, MFT: Lisa has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist for over a decade. She has been working with FOCUS since 2010. Her previous clinical experiences include working with children, adolescence, and adults in individual, group, and family settings. In addition, she provides couples counseling. She is experienced in working with severely mentally disabled populations and currently runs a crisis residential facility in San Diego. She has extensive experience with crisis intervention and in community mental health agencies as well as with San Diego Police Department, PERT, Juvenile Detention Facilities, and Optum Health. Lisa’s specialties include assessment and treatment of long-standing personality and relationship disorders that often contribute to and exacerbate current problems. She also specializes in issues of grief and bereavement, depression, anxiety, adjustment related symptoms, and behavioral issues by using a cognitive behavioral and solution focused approach with her clients.
To leave a voice message for Lisa directly, dial: 619-550-5411
David Bond, Psy.D. (PSB94022775): is a registered psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton. He began working for Focus Psychological Services in summer of 2016. His clinical experience includes working at the San Diego Psychiatric Hospital and CRF Vista Balboa group home facility. Additionally, he counseled military combat veterans at the San Diego Vet Center before coming to Focus. Prior to his work at Focus, David was a sworn police officer for over 27 years and involved with his department’s peer support team. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). He was on the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) board for four years and currently is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board at the Joan Kroc facility in San Diego. He also serves as an in-service law enforcement trainer for PERT. David is committed to assisting emergency services personnel and their families with their psychological needs.
To leave a voice message for Dr Bond directly, dial: 619-291-4661
Shaun Higley, AMFT is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Kim Sorrell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Shaun’s clinical experience includes having provided individual and group services to homeless military veterans at Veteran’s Village San Diego. This experience revolved around helping clients work through trauma related issues such as combat, childhood and sexual trauma, crisis intervention as well as substance use interventions. During his time with VVSD Shaun facilitated group therapy sessions to include Substance Use, Anger Management, Life skills Development and Art Therapy. Shaun also spent time providing clinical services to children and adolescents who had been removed from care-givers homes by Child Welfare Services at New Alternatives–Polinsky Children’s Center San Diego.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Shaun served 9 years active duty/1 year reserve in the United States Air Force working in Force Support Services and for a short time in Security Forces. In February of 2020, Shaun earned his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University.
Shaun’s primary specialization and experience is in individual trauma focused approaches to include helping clients manage trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and substance use. Shaun’s therapeutic modality incorporates a combination of interventions to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing as well as Mindfulness Based techniques. To leave a message for Shaun Higley directly, dial: (916) 471-8525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael C. Koch – CADC II, is a former police officer/narcotics detective of 19 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University in Criminal Justice Administration, is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II, and holds the rare distinction of carrying the highly specialized NAADAC SAP credential, which qualifies him to work with employees of the Department of Transportation that have substance use disorders.
Michael spent 19 years of his life serving the public as a peace officer, first as police and then for 10 years as an undercover narcotics detective. He knows what life and death look like in addiction as a result of the front row seat that inspired his dedication and career change. Michael understands the culture of being a first responder and experiencing post-traumatic stress. He has dedicated his life to assist those suffering from drug and/or alcohol dependence with special emphasis with assisting first responders.
In 2012, his career as a police officer ended and his life helping those dealing with substance abuse dependence began. Michael has worked as a counselor for drug and alcohol programs and intensive outpatient (IOP) facilities in the City of San Diego and program director of a San Diego drug and alcohol detox. He currently works as the First Responder Case Manager for Simple Recovery in Newport Beach, Ca., and collaborates with First Responder recovery support consultation for First Alarm Wellness in Vista, Ca and Focus Psychological Services in San Diego, Ca.
In 2017 Michael became the founder of the First Responder Fellowship in SD north county. This confidential 12-step/peer-based recovery group is open to all First Responders present or former and meets once a week.
Additionally, Michael is a speaker at the San Diego Police Academy, San Diego Fire Department, panel member for the POST Management Police Lieutenants, SDDA Supervisor Investigations and PDATF Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. He provides peer support for SDPD, SDFD, local police and fire agencies including Cal Fire and Border Patrol. Michael is also a strong supporter of a 24/7 confidential hotline for police officers named CopLine and he assists with fundraising for this non-profit organization. On his quest to help those that are suffering he has reached out around the country on his search for qualified, trusted and well-vetted people and organizations. With this goal in mind Michael started a podcast in 2018 named Positive Connections Radio. This podcast is designed to help break the stigma of mental health issues among First Responders and connect those suffering in silence with confidential help.
Call Focus at 858-565-0066 to request a referral to Michael Koch relating to alcohol substance abuse and addiction. You are also invited to post an email message from this page requesting contact by a Focus member.
Mark W. Marvin, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, has had extensive experience providing psychological services to various public safety agencies (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical, and dispatch) since 1988.
Following are some of Dr. Marvin's law enforcement experiences: With Focus Psychological Services, Dr. Marvin has been a psychologist to the San Diego Police Department since 1990. Dr. Marvin has provided counseling services (to employees and their dependents); ENT consultation and training; supervisor and officer training; line-up psychological briefings; organizational interventions; and post-trauma interventions. He has advanced certification in EMDR. Dr. Marvin has been the main service provider to the Escondido Police Department, responding to critical incidents and providing consultation to their Peer Support program.
Dr. Marvin has over 20-years of clinical service with the EAP of Customs and Border Protection -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To better comprehend the unique demands of the Border Patrol, Dr. Marvin logged hundreds of hours in the field accompanying agents pursuing smugglers. Dr. Marvin’s services have involved training development and presentation; post-trauma intervention; consultation and training to the National Critical Incident Response Team; death notification; management consultation; and counseling (to employees and family members) services. Dr. Marvin has attended Law Enforcement Memorial Week (Washington, D.C.) per the request of the United States Border Patrol, to personally assist family survivors of line-of-duty deaths, support personnel, and the Honor Guard. Dr. Marvin is credited as a co-developer of the Border Patrol’s Peer Support Program. He has had extensive involvement with Peer Support operations in San Diego, El Centro, and Yuma Sectors.
Dr. Marvin has been an EAP Area Clinician to the Drug Enforcement Administration -- U.S. Department of Justice since 2008. His services have included training, management consultation, post-trauma interventions, and counseling to agents and their dependents.
Dr. Marvin also has thirty years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and Chief Psychologist with Community Research Foundation, providing services to persons having severe mental illness. Dr. Marvin was named Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team - PERT in 2015. PERT teams (comprised of specially trained officers or deputies paired with mental health professionals who respond together on-scene to situations involving people with mental illness.) represent a partnership between San Diego County Police and Sheriff Departments and San Diego County Mental Health.
To leave a voice message for Dr Marvin directly, dial: 619-450-6114
Heidi Mendez is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) #117564, under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton. In 2018 she received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Phoenix. Undergraduate studies were in Criminal Justice. Associate Mendez’s clinical experience includes having provided clinical services to children, youth and their families enrolled in the County Office of Education – Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) district and specified San Diego Unified School District Schools. Heidi has worked within the juvenile detention facilities in San Diego County in a sworn capacity with adolescents in detention conducting counseling and rehabilitation services.Heidi also has family law enforcement involvement and experience of over twelve years.
Selection of therapy that is fitting for the client at the stage of life they may find themselves, is very important. Heidi also draws from various through evidence-based treatment interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and other therapeutic approaches in her work. Heidi provides services like child, family, and couples counseling. Other treatment interventions provided for children include individual, play, and family therapy. Areas of focus with children include blended families, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and the grieving process involving the loss of a family member. She also provides psychoeducation to parents about childhood disorders and how to communicate with community programs available to families.
Heidi has also worked with individuals and groups utilizing her bilingual and bi-cultural background. To which she works with the client on exploring the current perspective of themselves and identify a process that will facilitate metamorphosis. Every individual is their own expert and knows what their lens of life is (personally, professionally, and spiritually). In turn, therapy is a collaboration between the clinician, client(s), and other community resources. The client becomes empowered by having obtained through the therapeutic process the necessary information, tools, and skills needed for their self-discovery.
Jeffery E. Oostyen, Psy.D., is a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY26998) holding a doctorate degree from Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on child, family and relationship therapy. Dr. Oostyen received his bachelor’s degree from Weber State University where he graduated with Honors and was a member of the Psy Chi National Honor Society. He also earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University where he graduated with a perfect GPA and was a member of the student council. Dr. Oostyen has been with Focus Psychological Services (FSP) for 12 years, beginning as an intern and later as an employee. He conducts individual adult, adolescent, child, marriage/couples, family, and group therapy in areas including depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, alcohol and substance addiction (including 12 step), couples’ relationship and parent child relationship issues. Dr. Oostyen’s therapeutic approach employs an eclectic style pulling from multiple therapeutic theories. He conducts training relating to Police Officer and Employee Wellness, Peer Support, as well as Officer Involved Shootings and suicide. Dr. Oostyen provides 24-hour Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) to contract and non-contract departments, is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and holds a certificate in Hostage Negotiation from the FBI. Jeff has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and other individuals with Autism; has been a semi-annual guest speaker at Palomar College’s Emergency Medical Department; and a program supervisor for the STAR program. In addition to working for FPS Dr. Oostyen works for The Counseling Team International (TCTI) where he provides marriage, family, child and individual therapy to multiple governmental agencies, city personnel and their families, assists the training department as an instructor on various topics and responds to critical incidents. He serves clients from TCTI’s southern regions and agencies, working out of the San Diego Mission Valley office. In 2014, Dr. Oostyen began working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a Correctional Psychologist where he is on the CDCR Peer Support Team. At CDCR Dr. Oostyen works closely with a caseload of psychiatric inmates, as well as, performing Mental Health Evaluations and taking on-call assignments for psychiatric emergencies.
To leave a voice message for Dr Oostyen directly, dial: 619-677-3439
Dr. Lourdes Perez-Williams:Lourdes is NOT accepting new patients. Lourdes has worked with SDPD officers, their families and children since 1990. In 1982 she received her master's degree in Psychology in 1982, and in 1985, her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego Campus. She is licensed Clinical Psychologist (1990) and also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1985). As a Child Psychologist she provides treatment for early childhood and latency age children ages 2-12. Treatment interventions include individual, play, and family therapy. Areas of specialty encompass children struggling with divorce, blended family issues, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral difficulties and the grieving process surrounding the loss of a family member. Dr. Perez-Williams conducts thorough developmental assessment of a child's social, emotional and cognitive functioning within the home as well as school environment. She performs behavioral observations of the child within the classroom setting and during socialization with peer and siblings. Information gathered is used to create a comprehensive treatment plan to address the child's behavioral and learning needs. Upon request by the child's family Dr. Perez-Williams attends Individual Education Plan Meetings and provides school staff with an expert opinion to foster the child's strengths and promote optimal school performance. She assists the school in developing an effective behavioral management program, addressing the child's conduct in class. Essential to her work with children is the parenting process. Dr Perez-Williams is an expert in Parent Education. Parents and other caregivers (Grandparents, extended family members) are specifically trained in normal child development, skills and techniques of effective parenting. She teaches parents about childhood disorders, and how to utilize community and educational resources to augment treatment success for the child. Her extensive network of child psychologist and psychiatrists, school resources have proved invaluable to police families whose children require specialized assessment and/or treatment. It is no exaggeration to say that her kindness, empathy, and supportive intervention endear her to the families she assists. It is not unusual for Dr. Perez Williams to receive letters, phone calls and visits from “her kids” years after therapy is complete. As testimony to her skills as a child and family psychologist many new clients ask for her by name, referred by families she's treated. Services provided: Child counseling; family counseling; parenting skills training; critical incident interventions for family members.
Lourdes does not provide individual adult or couples counseling.
Lourdes is not accepting new patients. To leave a voice message for Dr Perez-Williams directly, dial: 619-550-5769
Hannah Schmidt, M.A., APCC.: Hannah Schmidt is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), #7055, under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton.
Hannah Schmidt received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2019. She completed her undergraduate studies at DePaul University in 2016, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minored in LGBTQ Studies. Hannah's specialization areas include trauma, ability/disability issues, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, LGBTQIA+ issues, narcissistic abuse, and men's mental health, among others. She practices technical eclecticism, and believes in the importance of selecting and tailoring evidence-based treatment interventions to suit the unique needs of each and every client. Hannah is a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician, and also draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and other therapeutic approaches in her work with clients.
During therapy, Hannah invites individuals of all backgrounds to explore their multiple, intersecting identities in order to facilitate personal growth and healing. She believes that each person is their own expert; that they know themselves, their lives, and their needs better than anyone else. In turn, she views therapy as a collaborative process between the client and the clinician, and strives to equip her clients with the necessary information, tools, and skills to help them help themselves.
Tammy Runge is not accepting new patients at this time.
Tammy Runge, M.A., LMFT: Tammy is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her masters degree in Marital and Family therapy from the University of San Diego in 2004. Her earliest work involved working with children with autism and their families. She spent the next several years working with at risk youth trying to help prevent incarceration by providing therapy to the youth and to their families. She then transitioned into providing therapy to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. She is firmly rooted in the systemic approach and draws from other practice theories as needed including cognitive behavioral therapy, brief strategic therapy, and EMDR. Her main passion and focus for the last 8 years have been with trauma work and she is certified in EMDR. Tammy is strongly committed to facilitating change for the clients she serves.
To leave a voice message for Tammy Runge directly, dial: (619) 335-5309.
Kim Sorrell, M.A., LMFT: Kim is a licensed marriage family therapist and has been a team member at the San Diego Vet Center since 2012 and works with military veterans, and active duty service members. Kim’s therapy approaches integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kim is an EMDR Trained Clinician and has undergone training as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the USCD Center for Mindfulness. She works with individuals and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and bereavement, and substance addiction. At the Vet Center, Kim works with individuals, couples, LGBTQI community. She has co-facilitated San Diego VA Warrior to Soul Mate retreats. Kim facilitates the following groups: anger management, Mantram Repetition, Connected Warrior Yoga, and Here and Now Vietnam group. She previously co-facilitated a 52-week Domestic Violence group (Family Recovery program) and Seeking Safety (PTSD and Substance Abuse). Prior to becoming a therapist, Kim was in the US Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Technician and retired after 28 years and retired after 16 years as a law enforcement officer. In 2001, Kim earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Phoenix followed by her paralegal certification in 2012. To leave a voice message for Kim Sorrell directly, dial:619-372-1788
Chelsea Sterling, M.A., APCC.: Chelsea Sterling is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), #6568, under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton. Her clinical experiences include individual therapy, group therapy, and psychosocial assessments. She has worked in both short term acute residential treatment (START) programs and outpatient settings. At both of these settings, she has facilitated the following groups: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Mental Health and Sobriety and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She co-facilitated Seeking Safety and art therapy groups for an outpatient setting. Chelsea values the importance of person-centered therapy based on a person’s strengths and values. Her experience also includes providing individual and group therapy to underserved populations in San Diego both with adults with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders and through her previous position working with adults with intellectual disabilities in a social work role. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego.
Chelsea’s therapeutic approaches include integrating cognitive-behavioral, supportive, person-centered, mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy.
To leave a voice message for Chelsea directly, dial: 619-546-7667
Chris Soria, MA (PSB): is a registered psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton. He began working for Focus Psychological Services in summer of 2020. His clinical experience includes working at the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), Veteran’s Village of San Diego (VVSD), Paradise Valley Hospital, and Bayview Behavioral Health Hospital. Chris has counseled military combat veterans working through substance abuse and trauma related issues at the Veteran’s Village of San Diego. Chris is entering the final year of his doctoral studies in clinical psychology, Psy.D. Chris was a sworn police officer for 29 years. Chris was an active member of his department’s peer support team for over 15 years. Chris is a student board member of the Center for Integrative Psychology. He has an interest in providing services to his clients that best fit their individual needs. Chris plans of continuing to serve his first responder brothers and sisters as well as their families after graduation.
Chris’ therapeutic approaches include integrating mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and existential therapy.
To leave a voice message for Chris directly, dial: 619-354-0616
Jescelle Tiongco, Psy.D.: Dr. Tiongco. is a registered psychological assistant, PSB94021755, under the supervision of Dr. Jolee Brunton. Her clinical experiences include individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and psychological assessments. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Tiongco values the importance of cultural competency and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Her experience also includes providing individual and group therapy to the LGBTQ community. Dr. Tiongco’s therapeutic approaches includes integrating mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, supportive, person-centered, art, and music therapy.
To leave a voice message for Dr Tiongco directly, dial: 619-487-0572
Letter of Support for Therapy Dog Volunteer Team Completed: January 22, 2018 Expires: January 22, 2019 To Whom It May Concern: Dr. Jolee Brunton has been under my professional guidance for training her therapy dog. As Dr. Brunton is a licensed psychologist, she regularly uses her therapy dog in her practice, Focus Psychological Services. Dr. Brunton has made a wonderful commitment to her dog’s training, health, and care. I have full confidence that Dr. Brunton and her therapy dog will bring much joy and companionship to those they volunteer, work, and visit with! Dr. Brunton’s therapy dog is a brown MGA Labradoodle named Pearl. Pearl has earned the outstanding American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Award and is surpassing all needed therapy dog commands with Golden State Service Dogs since October 2016, qualifications which can be verified on our website. Additionally, Dr. Brunton continues to excel with Pearl’s therapy dog certification with Love on a Leash. With Pearl’s advanced therapy dog commands and Dr. Brunton’s professionalism and responsible, kind, patient, and respectful attitude, I know that they will make a wonderful attribution to wherever they volunteer at. As Pearl will be regularly working with Dr. Brunton within the community, she will make sure that Pearl continues to have regular health checkups by her veterinarian, maintain her health preventives and grooming. As Dr. Brunton is fully responsible for Pearl and her actions, if required, she can provide any needed health certificates and vaccine records, as she ensures that Pearl is well-behaved and kept safe while working. Please note that Golden State Service Dogs is not liable for any dog or handler, and does not provide liability insurance or pet medical coverage to clients. If a client wants such coverage, they are responsible for researching, purchasing and maintaining coverages from an outside licensed provider of their choice. Thank you for your time and support in welcoming Pearl and Dr. Brunton as a therapy dog volunteer team. Please contact me if you have any questions. Respectfully, Michelle C. Magers Michelle C. Magers, M.S., CRC Owner & Expert Trainer Certified Rehabilitation Counselor ID # 00115509 American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator # 37131
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