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.

Rachel Bourgoin, MA, IMF #101947

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

I am dedicated to helping you find restoration and healing when challenges and struggles show up in your life. Sometimes it may become too difficult to navigate life’s hardships alone, and I find it a privilege to support you through your healing process towards a happier and healthier life. I will meet you where you are in your own unique situation with respect and compassion.

I have experience working with couples, individuals, and families struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, marital/relationship issues, premarital, body image issues, women’s issues, sexual abuse, substance abuse, co-dependency, quarter/half life crisis, and life skills.  I also have research-based knowledge of postpartum depression. Additionally, I come from a military background and understand the unique struggles that couples and families face in this culture. I have extensive experience integrating faith with sound clinical therapeutic approaches when clients desire and believe treating the whole person: mind, body and soul. I look forward to hearing from and working with you.

When I am not in the office you will usually find me spending time with my sweet fiancé, taking our dog on walks or to the beach and making memories with my family. I am an avid crossfitter and love the challenge and reward of hard work and consistency. I love adventuring outdoors, sharing conversations with friends over coffee, finding a book I cannot put down, working on my blog, singing, and playing guitar.

Education 

MA, Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy- Azusa Pacific University
BA, Psychology- Azusa Pacific University

Training:

Emotionally Focused Couples Training: Externship, Core Skills starting Spring 2018
Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level 1, Level 2 Fall 2017
EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from the impact of traumatic experiences: Basic Training – in progress

Email Rachel

Call Rachel at 619.819.0283 ext 3

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

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

Dr. Megan Hellner has been practicing as a registered dietitian in California for the past fourteen years. Additionally, she earned her doctorate in public health, with an emphasis in preventive care, from Loma Linda University. A proud alumna, Dr. Hellner earned a BS in Nutrition, Registered Dietitian’s license and Master’s Degree in public health epidemiology at San Diego State University.

Dr. Hellner spent a number of years working in many eating disorder treatment programs prior to settling into private practice.  She now serves as Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator for Potentia Family Therapy, where she helps persons struggling with disordered eating as well as elite athletes (and weekend warriors alike) meet their needs using a non-diet philosophy and ‘food first’ approach. Prior to this, she served as the Team Dietitian for University of San Diego’s Athletic Department, and as a consultant for a number of youth sports programs throughout San Diego County.  She also worked as a clinical dietitian for years in the acute care setting.  She is driven by a desire to help individuals understand and appreciate the synergistic influences of nutrition, exercise, stress management and other protective lifestyle factors on health using evidence-based practices.  She thoroughly enjoys the interdisciplinary approach, as we know that having a strong and collaborative team of licensed professional in place leads to improved treatment outcomes.

Outside of the professional setting, Dr.Hellner’s passions include traveling, swimming, yoga, farmer’s markets, animal welfare, education, live music and spending time with her beautiful puppy, Reba.

Email Megan

Call Megan at 619.819.0283 ext 1

Holly Kelley, LMFT, IMF #110366

Daring to love and live opens us open to a lifetime of adventures. Whether that adventure is welcoming a new baby to your home, making a change in your career, changing long-standing habits, challenging beliefs about yourself, or summoning the courage to heal past traumas, betrayals, disappointments, or regrets – I look forward to supporting you in your goals and desired changes.

My office is a place where you will be seen, heard, and respected as you face whatever struggle you are rumbling with at this time. You will have specialized support to do the work to experience more hope and a greater sense of self awareness and self compassion.

I work with individuals, couples and families with various challenges including trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and loss.

I also support couples considering marriage, those dealing with relationship stressors, betrayals, or major life changes as well as working with individuals and families caring for loved ones near the end of life or those going through the process of recovery.

My clinical work is based on a Family Systems Theory and I have specialized training to support my clients using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I am also working towards my Perinatal Mental Health Certification and offer more specialized care for expecting moms and postpartum families.

Specialized Training

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trained Therapist (Part 1 & 2) – EMDR is a therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from effects of traumatic experiences.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship – An empirically-validated treatment that focuses on building secure attachment between partners by increasing emotional connection.

Dual Diagnosis – Working with individuals dealing with substance abuse and mental health challenges.

Perinatal Mental Health Certification – in progress

Education

M.A. Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy – National University

B.S. Psychology and Business Administration – Indiana Wesleyan University

When I am not seeing clients at Potentia, you can find me at the beach, exploring the outdoors,  or wandering a farmers market with coffee. I am married to the love of my life and we are always striving to keep our marriage a safe place to grow and be adventurous. I have two young children and a rambunctious labradoodle that I love being “Mama” to. I am a Midwest girl at heart but am so grateful to have built our home and community in San Diego.  

Email Holly

Call Holly at 619.819.0283  ext 4

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 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 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 Trained Therapist (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 Trained Therapist — 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

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 alongside 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 husband’s 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 Trained Therapist (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.

Email Graden

Call Graden at 619.819.0283 ext 8

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