Janice Graham, LMFT
Clinical Director/ Primary Therapist
As soon as I graduated with a Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco I started my journey following my passion by working as a Clinician, focusing on clients that suffer with co-occurring disorders: addiction, bi-polar, depression, anxiety and Eating Disorders.
I have over 20 years of experience working with complex clients which contributes to my ability to help guide and heal as a primary therapist. I have consistently run an art based therapy group throughout my career which allows the clients to experience another approach to Self-discovery. I also have extensive experience facilitating group process, psychoeducation groups, individual and family therapy sessions. I have many years working with attachment and trauma, providing the clients with a secure and sacred place to process their past history Since working with clients and families of those struggling with eating disorders, addiction and other mental health issues for the past 20 years, I have discovered the importance of the therapeutic relationship so we can get to a deeper level of healing.
I have been lucky to work in some great facilities throughout my career but have found my home here at Villa Kali Ma. It offers a special and unique path to healing which is why I became a therapist. Not only does it incorporate an amazing holistic program it also has some of the most amazing staff that are not only therapist and practitioners but truly are profound healers and artists. Together we are able to focus on the mind, body and spirit of our clients in order to ensure a successful road to their recovery and life.
Katie Hirst, MD
Dr. Hirst graduated from Stanford University and then attended UC San Diego School of Medicine, completing her medical degree and then attaining board certification in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry. With this combined training, including additional board certification in Addiction Medicine, she is uniquely qualified to attend to both the psychiatric and medical needs of Villa Kali Ma’s patients and enjoys providing care to each patient from a holistic, whole-person perspective.
I was fortunate to be born and raised in this beautiful city. It’s here I started to direct my focus on a mission to help and empower women all over the world. I obtained my BA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. I explored many avenues of women’s service before realizing that I was drowning and in need of help. For years I struggled with alcohol addiction. Upon entering recovery my direction and passion became clearer. I wanted to help women who also suffered from substance abuse. With this goal in mind, I acquired my AOD certification and pursued my Masters in Professional Counseling (LPC).
I decided to expand my horizons and apply classroom learning to world experience. I took a hiatus from life and ‘Eat, Pray, and Loved’ my way around the world. I ventured to spiritually-inspiring locations such as India and Indonesia (where I became a certified yoga instructor) and spent five months living in Italy. Through discovering culture and spirituality, I learned to open my heart and lead with total compassion, gaining new perspective on life. My journey with Villa Kali Ma started in 2017, when I joined as a resident advisor. I have learned so much here in the last two years and am proud to say I am now the Program Director. Together with this amazing staff, we have seen so many women rebuild and empower themselves. It is where I feel I belong. Being passionate about spiritual and mental well-being, I serve as a mentor, a yogi and a fellow woman in recovery. It is here at Villa Kali Ma that I aim to further my mission and integrate it with the professionals and vision of this wonderful program.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard.
Danielle Hering, LMFT
EMDR Therapy / Breathwork
I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992 and Masters of Science in Psychology in 1994. I chose to become a Marriage and Family Therapist out of my desire to help people. Having personally experienced depression as a teenager, I was inspired to assist others in dealing with their pain. The combination of therapies that I use are designed to release negative belief systems and painful emotions. My years of experience have taught me how to identify the root of the problem and to know what will be most effective in healing what is keeping you stuck. There is a wisdom within our hearts that is meant to guide us, that knows how to heal us. Yet so many people are unable to connect to this aspect of themselves because of all the layers of pain and self-judgement they are carrying.
I utilize a combination of traditional psychotherapy techniques, hypnosis, guided imagery, EMDR, or Breath Work to heal issues at their core. The work is intense at times, but it gets results. My goal is to create a space that allows you to finally discover the truth of who you are.
Kim Lottes, LMFT
Therapist and Integrated Healer
I am an Integrative Healer who helps clients find their way home using a blend of Psychology, Shamanism, and Energy Medicine. I serve as a guide, teacher, and example for connecting with our own inner wisdom. We each have this within, but are often taught to seek answers outside of ourselves. In this work, we slow down and turn inward, allowing our internal messages, healing, and intuition to come through. This knowing is more powerful and profound because it is our own. Through a process of deconditioning (bringing awareness to and releasing old beliefs we created at a young age that no longer serve us), growing our connection with self and Source, defining our values, and gaining clarity on the life we want to create; we are able to transform into living a life of our own design with more peace and freedom.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. I am a former elementary school teacher, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 94793), student and teacher of Shamanism, Reiki level 2 practitioner, and certified yoga instructor specializing in yoga nidra. Each of these paths has helped lay the foundation to offer a deep, unique, and creative style of healing to clients, blending all my knowledge and experience over the past two decades. Internal Family Systems says that we all come into the world with the 8 Cs: calmness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, creativity, courage, connectedness. We have everything we need within, yet many of us have forgotten. This work is a magical process of remembering who you are.
Elara Montagno, LMFT
Therapist/ Alumni Program Facilitator
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil which is where I first developed my respect and appreciation for this beautiful planet that we inhabit. In elementary school I moved to Massachusetts, where I lived throughout college and graduate school. After completing my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University, I followed my heart, my love for sunshine, and my admiration for the great outdoors and moved to San Diego. My passion lies in holistic health and I encourage my clients to get in touch with the earth, natural healing, and open to the truest versions of themselves. I use components of mindfulness, meditation, positive psychology, CBT, and DBT in my solution-focused therapy work and I especially enjoy incorporating natural methods of healing into my sessions. I am also a certified yoga teacher as and I am excited to share my knowledge in overall mind, body, and spiritual wellness.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Western Kentucky University and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. With two years of experience working in the addiction field, I use a compassionate trauma informed focus in sessions. I am driven by my passion for mental health and helping women on their journey to recovery.
I moved to San Diego, California from Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up on a small farm in central Kentucky. My hobbies include hiking with my husband and dog, reading fiction literature, and spending time with my three cats.
Ann MacKenzie, MA, APCC
I received my Bachelors in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. I am a practitioner of Integrative Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and have studied Jungian Psychology and Eastern Philosophy for many years. Integrative Mental Health is my passion, and I have worked with clients with diagnoses related to substance abuse, mood, anxiety, grief, psychosis, personality disorders and medical problems. I practice from a strengths-based perspective, and typically find myself drawing upon mindfulness-based practices and interventions from DBT, ACT, and Positive Psychology. Yoga, clean eating, meditation, and other life-style based practices are the tools that have helped me to transform my life. With the right guidance and support, we are all capable of using our lives’ challenges as opportunities for growth and positive change. I believe that with self-love, forgiveness, and compassion we have the opportunity to turn trauma into wisdom. Everything that you need to be well is within you, and I am so grateful to be a part of the healing that occurs at Villa Kali Ma.
I was lucky enough to grow up in Oceanside, Ca. After getting married and having my two children at a young age, I didn’t know who I was and felt I lost the chance to find out. I soon fell down a dark road of addiction that took years to get myself out of. After going to treatment, myself and working through my own journey of recovery, I wanted to give back what was given to me. In 2019, I enrolled in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODS) program at Palomar College. In September of 2020 I was hired at Villa Kali Ma as a Resident Advisor. I immediately felt at home and at peace when I walked into the Villa and was in awe of the work done here. I eventually became Case Manager and that’s where I feel I found myself. Being able to meet the clients on their first day here and see their transformation over their stay here amazes me every day. Villa Kali Ma has motivated me to continue my education and become a LCSW.
When I’m not at Villa Kali Ma, I spend most of my time with my husband and my two sons and still work on my own recovery. Everything I have learned from Villa Kali Ma has changed my life and made me not only a better employee, but a better wife, mom, daughter and friend. I am looking forward to where else Villa Kali Ma can take me.
"I don't believe it to be an exaggeration to say that Villa Kali Ma saved my life. I couldn't have asked for a better environment to heal and redirect onto a path towards true living."Kristen B.
"This place completely changed my life. I needed a drastic change from the typical recovery environment in order to stay sober long term. Villa Kali Ma was more than able to provide a safe healing environment for me to cultivate a strong spiritual connection through yoga, meditation, and an organic lifestyle. I can honestly say that I love who I am today and I am forever grateful for Villa Kali Ma!"Cynthia B.
"I am so grateful I found Villa Kali Ma, it has truly changed my life. Kay is awesome and the entire team who works there is absolutely amazing. I was introduced to many different types of therapy, healing and recovery options. I was able to choose what works for me and continue them outside of treatment once I went home. VKM is truly a tranquil place to start healing. If you are looking for treatment I would highly recommend making this the start to your recovery."Suzie H.