Potentia is a collaborative practice treating the whole person and the whole spectrum of mental health and wellness struggles.

Led by Rebecca Bass-Ching, the Potentia team of therapists and wellness professionals will support your personal and professional goals mind, body and soul.

Chris Cessna, LMFT, MFC #83316

Chris-Cessna300I have extensive experience working with men and women seeking support with mood issues, compulsive behaviors, substance abuse and dependence as well as individuals wanting to address the impact of traumatic or distressing life experiences. My work with clients is strongly influenced by Brené Brown’s shame resilience theory, the research of interpersonal neurobiology from Dan Siegel and others, and family systems theory.

In our work together, you will find a safe space to be honest about your struggles. I respect the courage it takes to reach out and ask for help and in return I offer empathic, specialized, and collaborative care. Whether you are struggling with identity issues, shame, loneliness, mood issues or pain from your past, I am committed to working with you to confront the challenges in your life while navigating the pain and joy of the healing process. We will work together to identify the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that are keeping you stuck, and explore ways to help you live with authenticity and freedom.

Specialized Training

  • EMDR Basic Training (Part 1 & 2) — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from the impact of traumatic experiences.
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology — a field focused on the science of the mind, brain, and relationships, offering unique contributions to the understanding of attachment, trauma, and emotion regulation.
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence — seven years of clinical experience working with men and women with co-occurring disorders at the San Diego Rescue Mission.
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (level I)

Education
MA, Marriage and Family Therapy — Bethel Seminary San Diego
BA, Psychology — Anderson University (Indiana)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS)
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)

I have been married for 11 years, and we have two young children (with a third on the way). After growing up in small-town Illinois, San Diego has become home. I love enjoying the outdoors while hiking and backpacking, especially exploring the high altitude scenery of the Sierra Nevada. I am passionate about good coffee, and my newest hobby has become never-ending basketball games with my 5 year old son.

Email Chris.

Call Chris at 619.819.0283 ext 2

Stephanie Godwin, MA, LMFT, MFC #99847

Registered Marriage and Family Therapy

Hey there! Reaching out for help is hard. I want you to know that you are not alone. I hold sacred the courage that it takes for you to show up and share your story. We will walk through this journey together.

The unfortunate message we’re often told is being vulnerable and reaching out for help is a sign of weakness. I believe the opposite is true. Giving yourself the opportunity to be vulnerable and heal takes true courage.

There are many different approaches to treatment and many ways to heal. I have found that the most authentic way for me to work with you is to collaboratively identify the underlying emotional cause of your symptoms so that we can work towards releasing those wounds.

The beauty of this type of approach is you are not your symptoms. Our bodies sometimes don’t know what to do with the pain we carry and this internal weight can come out in a number of ways that may not even make sense to us.

Often when we experience abuse, rejection, neglect, or ongoing negative experiences with those around us the result can be anxiety, depression, difficulty with sleeping, eating, or sex. I will work with you to identify the ways in which the stressing events in your life have impacted the symptoms you feel today and beginning the path towards healing.

I have experience working with couples, families and individuals struggling with trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, infidelity and premarital, marital/relationship issues. In additional to my specialized training in treating the effects of traumatic stress I believe in an integrated approach to treatment. You have a body, mind, & brain that all work together to create you- so let’s honor that as we begin to work towards healing.

It is a privilege to work with you as you take some brave steps to enter the healing process. I look forward to hearing from you!

Education
Professional Diploma, Marriage and Family Therapy- Kean University
MA, Psychology — Kean University
BA, Psychology — Kean University

Specialized training

  • EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: a specialized form of psychotherapy focusing on healing the effects of traumatic memories. (Basic training completed).

Theories of Influence & Experience

  • Bowen Family Systems Theory – A therapeutic approach which honors the effects of your family of origin on your story and the way in which you engage with yourself & the world today.  
  • Internal Family Systems – A therapeutic approach which honors that we have multiple parts of our internal system that should be honored & affect the way we experience the world.
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – An evidence based approach to couples therapy developed by over 40+ years of research by the Gottman Institute. Inquire about assessment.
  • Eating Disorder Spectrum – Ongoing experience working on an outpatient clinical team treating the spectrum of individuals struggling with food & body related issues.  
  • Substance Abuse and Dependency – Experience working in a partial hospitalization program with co-occurring disorders.

Affiliations

  • CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)

I am from the Northeast and am married to a native San Diegan. We lived on the East Coast for several years and have relocated to sunny San Diego and have a wonderful miniature labradoodle named Chandler. Being a native easterner, I enjoy the beauty of all the seasons, the opportunity to travel, and of course a perfect cup of morning coffee to start my day.

Email Stephanie.

Call Stephanie at 619.819.0283 ext 4

Megan Holt, DrPH, MPH, RD – Nutrition, Wellness + Preventive Care

I have specialized experience in various levels of care of ED treatment, including residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient care. Additionally, I have extensive experience in acute care/clinical nutrition and sports nutrition. I earned a master’s degree in public health epidemiology from San Diego State University, and a doctorate in public health with an emphasis on preventive care in August 2013.

What I enjoy most about this work is the interdisciplinary ‘team’ approach, as we know that having a strong and collaborative multidisciplinary team in place leads to improved treatment outcomes.

My passions include running, swimming, yoga, farmer’s markets, animals, learning, live music/music festivals and spending time with my beautiful puppy, Reba. I moved to San Diego at the age of 18, and spent my undergraduate and graduate years at San Diego State University, and quickly fell in love with this wonderful city and all that San Diego has to offer.

I’m very grateful to be a part the talented team here at Potentia!

Megan is an in-network provider for the following insurance plans through American Specialty Health (check with your insurance company directly for more information on covered conditions and reimbursement rates): HealthNet, Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Natural Products and Services, Sharp Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Group Health Inc. and HealthLink. (If searching by provider name, select ‘nutrition’ and search for ‘Megan Holt’). Megan will only be considered ‘in-network’ if you have American Specialty Health in addition to the aforementioned plans.

Email Megan.

Call Megan at 619.819.0283 ext 1

Daniel Kim, LMFT, MFC #78887

The fact you’re looking into a therapist reveals that you care about your personal growth and healing.

So often the need for healing and change is seen as a shameful sign of weakness or deficit. The truth is, however, that your ability to embrace a need for help is an incredible sign of strength and courage. Many try to hide from our issues, deny them, avoid them, excuse them, project them upon others, etc. While such coping mechanisms may manage the problem and place a ‘bandage’ around it, they will never heal the problem.  However, it takes so much heart and character to own our issues and seek help for them.

When you choose to sit in front of me, I honor your strength of heart by offering a safe and non-judgmental space where you are fully accepted for who you are – because it’s my firm belief that that is the only way people can truly heal.   respect the faith you exercise by taking the time out of your busy schedule, drive a distance, pay hard-earned money, and sit in front of a complete stranger – with the hope for healing and change.

That hope deserves to be honored.

How does the healing and change process work? I first want to acknowledge that there are many ways to heal and many effective therapeutic approaches out there. The way I personally work with clients is by going “behind the problem” into the the emotional wound(s) that have nurtured it. I believe that behavioral and relational issues are rooted in unresolved pain from the past which now fuel our current reactions, perceptions (of self and others), and choices.

Therefore, I seek to help clients experience freedom from the injuries they are carrying (and re-living) in the present, by compassionately working through these burdens so you may live up to your God-given potential in your life and relationships.

I have extensive experience working with pastors, ministry leaders, parents, married couples and college students who are struggling with low self-worth, unresolved trauma/PTSD, addictions, and compulsive behavior, grief/bereavement, and relationship issues.

My therapeutic approach is a continual integration of the following influences:

Internal Family Systems therapy: an non-pathologizing and respectful approach to healing trauma, mood struggles and addictions – which views each individual’s complex internal system made up of many protective parts that are often in tension with one another; some are injured while others try to cope with the injury. Therefore, un-burdening these parts-of-self is the goal for healing and change.

EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization Re-processing) therapy: a trauma-informed approach that treats the mind as an information (memory) processing system… Maladaptively-stored, negative events in one’s life lead to unhealthy thinking, feeling, and coping in the present.  Therefore, adaptively reprocessing such memories can free an individual from the lingering pain and emotional reactivity based in these memories.

Emotionally Focused Therapy: an approach that treats treats all presenting issues in couple/marital relationships as emotional disconnection. Therefore, the goal is to emotionally re-connect couples through first de-escalating their negative cycle of interaction and then increasing partners’ emotional accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement.

Specialized Training

  • EMDR Basic Training (Part 1 & 2) — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from the impact of traumatic experiences
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Training: Externship + Core Skills 1 & 2
  • Grief + Loss at San Diego Hospice

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy — Bethel Seminary San Diego

BA, Psychology — University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • CAMFT

I have been married for 13 years, and my wife and I have two young boys.  I grew up in Michigan and California, and I enjoy football (everything about it) and spending quality time with friends and family.

Email Dan

Call Dan at 619.819.0283 ext 7

Molly LaCroix, LMFT, MFC #51106

I have deep respect for the courage it takes to tackle the challenges you are facing. Those challenges might be in relationships with the important people in your life, or they might stem from issues that you carry within you, burdens that are too heavy to carry alone.

Change can be scary, and it can be difficult. Yet, it can also be empowering and life-giving. Staying stuck in our current patterns of relating, or in the negative beliefs we have about ourselves, or in feelings of anxiety, depression, and shame saps our joy and our energy.

I believe change begins to happen when we are authentic about our struggles, both within ourselves and with a witness whom we trust. Just naming them, saying them out loud, begins to open up the possibilities. One of my primary responsibilities is providing a safe environment for discovery, grieving, and growing.

I think of myself as a coach. I accept you where you are, and work with you to pursue your goals. I have expertise to help you in your process of change, and I will encourage, challenge, and celebrate you.

Specialized Training

  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – a therapeutic approach for healing the effects of traumatic and distressing life events such as abuse, neglect, loss, and shaming.
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory – A therapeutic approach that helps us understand and work through the patterns of relating in our first family, and how those patterns affect our functioning in our current family, our professional life, and even our relationship with God.
  • Grief and Loss – Four years as a bereavement counselor at the San Diego Hospice Center for Grief Care and Education. Provided training for interns on the impact of early childhood trauma. Served patients and their families.

Education
MA, Marriage and Family Therapy – Bethel Seminary San Diego
Master’s in Public Health (MPH) – San Diego State University
BA, University of California San Diego.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • EMDRIA, CAMFT, AAMFT
  • Adjunct Professor, Bethel Seminary San Diego
  • EMDR Consultant-in-Training

On a personal note ~ I have been married since 1981, and we have two young adult children. Our Maine Coon cats Willow and Delilah keep us company now that our nest is empty. I enjoy being in nature (sun or snow!) and am an avid reader.

Email Molly.

Call Molly at 619.819.0283 ext 6

 

Melissa McCormick, MA, LMFT, MFC #100203

Registered Marriage and Family Therapy

Melissa-300I am passionate about supporting people facing the messiness of life — its difficulties and its joys — with actionable tools and approaches that can provide sustained change. It is inspiring providing space so people can take risks and bravely learn to respect their whole story — on their own terms. Working with clients in a therapeutic setting is a great privilege. I know first hand that the healing journey can be uncomfortable. Facing fears and reflecting inward is tough work. Yet, this is where people can discover the pathway to freedom by discovering their own reserves of courage.

I help teens and women struggling with disordered eating, trauma and distressing life events, anxiety, grief, life adjustments, identity issues, and shame. Together we can define your own goals for change.

Along with my own journey through therapy, faith is another avenue that has brought me great freedom. I enjoy integrating evidenced based clinical approaches with faith for those who value a mind, body and soul approach.

Education:
MA, Marriage and Family Therapy — Bethel Seminary San Diego
BA, Psychology — San Diego State University

Specialized Training:

  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) (Certification in progress)
  • EMDR (Basic Trained) — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Specialized therapeutic approach that can help alleviate the effects of traumatic and distressing life events such as abuse and shame.
  • Grief and Loss — Bereavement counselor working with terminally ill clients and their families in both pre and post bereavement

Affiliations:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Like many native San Diegans, I enjoy being outside as much as possible, particularly in water. I also love sporting events, concerts, dancing, and experimenting with art and writing. Growing up with 3 sisters inspired my love for women’s issues, humor, and deep authentic relationships.

Email  Melissa.

Call Melissa at 619.819.0283 ext 5

Sally Peterson, LCSW #20865

sally-300Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have extensive clinical experience working with a diverse population of individuals.

I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced:
— betrayal by a loved one
— job loss/changes
— a significant life event (good or bad)
— just feel stuck in life and relationships

It is an honor to support those who have the courage to reach out for help. Far too many suffer in silence with mood struggles such as depression and anxiety in addition to low self-worth, relational problems or difficulties with change. Help and relief are available.

Whether you are a young adult, middle-age or older, single, married or divorced, ‘Black Sheep’ or ‘Golden Child,’ my approach is one that addresses you as a unique individual. I believe a non-judgemental and collaborative atmosphere provides a safe place for you to honestly work on current challenges as well as explore past hurts and traumas. Working together, you will identify ways to heal past wounds and navigate present hurdles in your life with more ease and confidence.

Specialized Training:

  • EMDR, Fully Basic Trained
  • Dual Diagnosis — Five years of clinical experience working with men and women struggling with substance abuse in addition to psychiatric disorders at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services

Education:
MSW — San Diego State University, 1998
BA — University of California, San Diego, 1994

I am a California native and have been living in San Diego for over 20 years. I believe in living life outside the box and as such, my husband and I took a three year hiatus to cruise the South Pacific in our 32′ sailboat several years ago. It was a life-changing experience. I love traveling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. With our two elementary school children, my husband and I enjoy sailing, paddling, and swimming.

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Call Sally at 619.819.0283 ext 3

Kelly D. Schauermann, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher

As a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (CPRYT) with 6 years of teaching and private practice experience, my intention is to create a safe space for you to connect with yourself, mind, body and spirit. I believe that each person has a unique story. By safely integrating the body into your current exercise program and/or healing journey, you have the opportunity to really feel, hear and see the incredible story your body holds, and heal the relationship you have with yourself.

I have worked along side Rebecca and the Potentia team for nearly 3 years, leading small group classes, workshops and private sessions in the beautiful Potentia space. Additionally, I work with churches, women’s groups and wedding parties to create fun, mindful and safe yoga classes to suit every body. I have a passion for bringing mindful movement to the faith community in a unique and accessible way that allows for participants to connect with God, as well as supporting women recovering from traumatic experiences, and/or struggling with a challenged relationship involving addiction.

Additionally, I am a senior teacher at Core Power Yoga, and assist with coaching and leading their lifestyle programs, as well as supporting new teachers as they learn to find their voice as an instructor.

My husband and I have lived in San Diego for 9 years, have one daughter and are avid baseball fans. I love the art of cooking, floral arranging, gardening, writing and rearranging my furniture (much to my husbands dismay). My personal movement, meditation and faith practice keeps me grounded and grateful, which has been the foundation for my own healing journey. I look forward to meeting you on your journey!

Email Kelly

 

Graden Tonna, MA IMF #82170

Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
Supervised by Rebecca Bass-Ching, LMFT MFC #44584

I was hesitant to attend therapy when the opportunity first presented itself. I held the belief that individuals only attended therapy when their life was falling apart, a sentiment with which I did not identify, and I did not have a good understanding of the changes I wanted to make. Despite my initial ambivalence, the process motivated me towards change and taught me how much opportunity for growth existed within my reach. This process also taught me that whether or not I am in a season of crisis, therapy can be beneficial for my own growth.

As a result of my own experience in therapy in addition to my extensive learning + training, I see the value that is inherent in every individual. I aim to uphold a therapeutic space where you will experience trust, acceptance, and empowerment so you can feel safe to explore the difficult parts of your life and obtain clarity during life-transitions.

Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, addictions, compulsive behavior, the effects of trauma/difficult life experiences or relational challenges, I would be honored to partner with you in your growth toward relational, psychological, and spiritual health.

Specialized Training

  • EMDR Basic Training (Part 1 & 2) — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from the impact of traumatic experiences and associated false beliefs.
  • Dual Diagnosis — Individuals suffering from both substance abuse and mental health struggles.
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory — A therapeutic approach focused on how generational patterns influence current relationships.
  • Autism Spectrum & related issues — Specialized training in supporting those on the Autism Spectrum and their loved ones
  • Foster Care – Supporting families with Foster Children

Education
BA, Psychology — San Diego State University
MA, Marriage and Family Therapy — Bethel Seminary

Memberships and Affiliations

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

My wife and I strive to live simple and integrated lives. We share a passion for serving our community, which has led us toward opening our home to children in the foster care system. I have a genuine interest in learning, which has led me to adopt many hobbies. Most notably, I enjoy reading, surfing, baking sourdough bread, and raising chickens. Currently, I am learning to be content knowing I will never perfect any of my hobbies.

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Call Graden at 619.819.0283 ext 8

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