Meet the Counselors

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Laurie Allen, M.A. LMFT

Laurie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her M.A. at the University of San Diego. She is sensitive to the fact that seeking help requires a great amount of courage and faith, and Laurie meets her clients with unconditional positive regard and by showing up as her authentic self. Laurie is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families attain a sense of peace and meaning through their connection with God, each other, and within themselves by living in a manner that aligns with their values, beliefs and goals. Laurie has experience working with those from all walks of life and with a variety of issues, including adults suffering from Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar and depressive disorders, addiction and homelessness, to children, teens and families dealing with issues including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, ADHD, autism, behavioral and relational issues. As a young mom herself, Laurie enjoys walking alongside young couples navigating the road to parenthood with all of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual transitions that take place for hopeful, soon-to-be, and new moms and dads. Laurie also has a heart for working with older adults dealing with end of life issues as well as the caregivers and family members who love and support them.

When she is not at work, Laurie enjoys going out to eat, spending quality time with her husband and baby boy, and walking her pug Quasi.

Becky French Apana, Psy.D.

Becky is a Licensed Psychologist and Director of the North Coast Church Counseling Center. She received her doctorate from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. Becky comes to us with a wealth of knowledge forged from over 20 years of experience in the field. She works with people who struggle in a variety of areas, specifically: depression, anxiety, addictions, women’s issues, grief counseling, and helping people improve relationships. In addition, Becky enjoys coming alongside those who desire help in navigating their spiritual journeys.

David Antonetti, MA, MFT

David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from California Baptist University as well as a retired veteran of the Armed Forces. His therapeutic approach emphasizes the harmony between faith and reason. According to David, the same loving God who spoke creation into existence and called us to faith, also gave us the natural sciences – like medicine and psychology – as gifts that help us to understand how and why our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors go astray in some very predictable ways. Starting from this perspective, and with a focus on psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral interventions, David has successfully treated addictions, traumatic stress, chronic and explosive anger, psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety, panic, and adjustment problems. Additionally, from his time as coordinator for the premarital counseling program at a large, faith-based community mental health center, he has a breadth of experience teaching workshops on biblical foundations for marriage; marital roles and responsibilities; communication; marital finances; intimacy; passions and motivations; and the covenant relationship. When he’s not counseling, David enjoys spending time with his family, photography, traveling, and writing.

Christine Castro Murphy, LMFT

Christine (Chris) is a graduate from California Baptist University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Her professional background includes almost of decade of experience in higher education, providing counseling within a diverse population at a large community mental health center and over five years of serving in various ministry roles leading youth and women’s groups. Chris believes in the transformative healing, redeeming and restorative power found in Jesus through the personal intimate work of the Holy Spirit by God’s love and grace. Affirming that we are made of mind, body and soul, Chris approaches counseling holistically encouraging and developing increasing awareness, wellness and attention in all three areas.

Through a personal philosophy of insightful, intentional and purposeful personal development Chris enjoys coming alongside people to help them learn and develop stronger communication skills, boundaries, conflict resolution skills, and interpersonal skills towards healthier and more satisfying relationships. Chris has much experience working with women through infidelity, broken trust, relational hurts and the cultivation of an intimate relationship with Jesus. She has worked successfully with children, teens and parents toward fostering deeper and mutual understanding while building success into their daily lives. Through effective communication, grace and humility, Chris believes in supporting and encouraging each person to experience the full life that Christ made possible for each of us.

Dennis Estill, M.A., LMFT

Dennis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in 2004. He recently retired after 40 years of pastoral leadership. Dennis works with individuals in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief, and career challenges. His specialty is working with couples in healing relationships after betrayal and addiction and to help couples improve their relationships through better communication and resolving intimacy issues. Dennis is especially able to integrate research proven theoretical practices with an individual’s own faith journey. Dennis particularly enjoys working with those in ministry leadership and their families.

Erika Garcia, Ph.D. LMFT

Erika Garcia has earned a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Additionally, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 2005. Dr. Garcia enjoys working with individuals, couples, and children. She also likes facilitating groups. Dr. Garcia also loves helping individuals who have a combination of medical health issues and psychological health issues. Dr. Garcia has great pleasure in working with the Latino population as well as people of different cultures and backgrounds. She is bilingual and bicultural in Spanish.

Rachael Ramirez, MSW

Rachael is an associate social worker who received her MSW from Boston University. Prior to graduate school, Rachael spent 6 years volunteering as a high school small group leader at North Coast. Since then, she has continued to work with adolescents and their families in a school setting. Additionally, Rachael has worked at an in-patient psychiatric hospital with both adults and older adults. Rachael’s has experience working with teens, adults, couples, and families on issues including self-esteem, attachment styles, friendships, difficulties in school, life stage transitions, intergenerational trauma, anger, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, traumatic events, romantic relationship issues, communication breakdowns, infidelity, women’s issues, miscarriages, parenting, and navigating marriage and sex after kids. Whatever your story, she is excited to meet you!

Helen Garrett, M.A. LMFT

Helen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies studying Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with a Somatic Emphasis. She has a passion for working with teens and young adults struggling with life transitions, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, suicidality, OCD, and trauma. She has training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Integral Somatic and Spiritual healing systems, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Debbie Hamilton RN, MFT

Debbie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an RN. She received her BSN from Biola University and her MS in Counseling from Cal Baptist University. Debbie spent 6 years working in an inpatient facility where she gained experience working with all kinds of women’s issues, including depression, codependency, abuse, grief and loss and anxiety. Her specialties include pre-marital and marital counseling, divorce recovery, parenting issues and group therapy.

Joseph Jones, MFT

Joseph received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and fulfilled the California Credentialing requirements in School Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Joseph is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and a Credentialed School Psychologist. Since 1998 he has worked in several school districts providing: psycho-educational evaluations, intervention plans, counseling, trainings and assisting teams with implementing plans that promote student success. Prior to working in school districts, from 1991 – 1998, Joseph facilitated Children and Family therapy in a variety of settings (group home, residential facility and an outpatient clinic). Joseph combines experience, skill and a Christ centered approach to assist folks who are facing a variety of life’s challenges.

Karen Keith, M.A. LMFT

Karen is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary. She has over 20 years of experience working with families and children with special needs, learning disabilities, autism and ADHD. Karen is trained in EMDR (www.emdr.com) and has experience working with clients with trauma and PTSD. She is also a certified trainer in the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator for adults and children. Karen enjoys helping couples, young adults, teens and children as they navigate life’s transitions. Karen works with a variety of issues; including, but not limited to, marital issues, communication, depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse and mental illness. Karen is zealous about empowering individuals to be healthy in all areas: biologically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.

Lindsay Maisey, M.A., LMFT

Lindsay has a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults, incorporating the love of God and the hope that He brings into her work. Lindsay believes that God can be the ultimate healer of our lives, and that He wants us, no matter how broken we are. Lindsay has over six years of experience working with adolescents and their parents in a variety of settings. She spent 4 years as a youth leader with the Christian non-profit organization YoungLife, in an urban community. She also worked for 3 1/2 years at an adolescent residential rehab in Malibu, California, where she worked with teens with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, OCD, self-harm addiction, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, autism, family-related issues, substance abuse and addictions. Lindsay enjoys integrating creative outlets into her therapy sessions, if a client wishes to do so. Her favorite activities include spending time outdoors with her husband, nutrition, and art.

Greg McCord, MFT

Greg McCord is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He also served as a pastor for 18 years. He received his Masters of Divinity degree in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary, the graduate school of Biola University. He received his Masters degree in counseling from the University of San Diego. He is a graduate of San Diego State University. 
Greg has done extensive work in the area of spiritual formation and establishing emotional maturity. He has created seminars for students, parents, couples seeking marriage help, and those seeking to get married. He is the founder of Legacy Counseling Network, a network of helping professionals committed to Biblical principles and family systems integration. 
Greg is passionate about helping men and women establish their sense of purpose and discovering their strengths. Greg is an outdoor enthusiast and loves being active. He is married with three children.

Connor McFadden, MFT

Connor is a licensed marriage family therapist who has attended North Coast Church for the past five years. Connor has an eclectic approach that uses several different styles of counseling focusing on hope and change. Connor has worked in multiple areas of mental health for the past six years, most recently acting as the program manager for a human service agency in Oceanside. His experience includes working with Domestic Violence, Anxiety, Depression, and Bi-polar Disorders. Connor has a heart for working with couples and enjoys helping them have the type of marriage that God intended. Connor has extensive experience working with teens in various settings including: group homes, serving as youth director and working with high school youth ministry for over six years. Connor also serves on staff in the role of Growth Group and Community Service Pastor.

Alexander Sadri, MA

Alex comes to the North Coast counseling team believing that everyone, with the right tools and support, has the power to restore and reconcile relationships, rewrite their story and live a life filled with hope.

Alex is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University.  He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television from USC. Alex is married with two children, has traveled extensively, is the son of parents who immigrated from Iran, has experience teaching in the public and private school setting, as well as church and non-profit ministry experience.

His unique background gives him a wealth of perspective and experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds. He welcomes the opportunity to work with couples, individuals and families navigating relational conflict, depression, addiction, anxiety, marital challenges and any other issues that keep them from living a healthy and full life.

Vicki Switzer, MFT

Vicki has been working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years in private practice. Her primary specialty is marital work, particularly coming alongside those couples whose marriages and immediate family members have been negatively impacted by extra-marital relationships, addictions, family violence, substance abuse or childhood trauma. Her ongoing training and experience includes treating individuals for post-traumatic stress disorders.

Debbie Timm, LMFT

Debbie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her MA from National University. Her education in clinical psychology, commitment to following Christ and studying his word, along with her life experience, has orchestrated a unique learning and compassion for other’s circumstances. Working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families, Debbie enjoys assisting individuals who are experiencing emotionally destructive relationships, power struggles and relational imbalances, low self-esteem, addiction, internal conflict (implementing Christian principles), life transitions, loss, stress, anxiousness, depression, and more. In addition, Debbie has experience with mental illness (supports NAMI), dual diagnosis, learning disabilities, IEPs, high competitive athleticism, and is educated in nutritional supportive methods to assist with mood disorders.

Debbie counsels at our Fallbrook Campus.

Susan Trueblood, Psy. D. MFT

Susan received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Addiction Specialist. She heads our Life Skills and Support Ministry. She works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing symptoms of addiction, mood disorders, life transitions stages, or relational impasses. Her clinical specialties are working through the process of forgiveness, rebuilding trust, and reconciling relationships for couples in recovery from a substance addiction, a process or behavioral addiction, or after an affair.
Susan incorporates faith, authenticity, and congruent communication to help clients realize their uniqueness in becoming the person that God destines each to be. Her underlying emphasis is that through our commitment and love for God, our pain can be resolved with hope and confidence that through God all things are possible.

Tony Vitrano, MFT

Tony is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been with North Coast Church since 2005. He counsels couples, families, and individuals in order to promote healthy relationships and spiritual growth. Tony works from a biblical orientation and has experience helping people with marital issues, communication skills, boundaries, anger management, depression, mental illness, personality disorders, and addiction.

Katie White, M.A. LMFT

Katie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. As a law enforcement wife, she has passion for working with law enforcement or LE spouses. She has experience in working with adolescents and adults who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual traumas, sex trafficking and other complex traumas. Additionally, she is prepared to work with a variety of people with training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego-State Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Relapse Prevention, and Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement.

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