It is a joy to be part of a journey of authenticity.
After graduating magna cum laude with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, I moved to California to become a clinical supervisor for therapeutic programs. As a life long learner, I then became certified in several modalities including Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), Motivational Interviewing, Eating Disorders (CEDS), and Experiential Therapy (CET I). After being awarded LPS designation, I then went to UCLA for a certification in co-occurring disorders. Working with clients and families of those struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues for the past 25 years, I continually discovered the importance of a therapeutic process to get a deeper level of healing. I have a passion for helping Seekers through the beautifully challenging time of exploring not just behaviors, but the beliefs that hold them. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience and there is a gift in that. My hope is that you gain clarity, confidence, and true connection.
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 Manger. 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.
Janice Graham, LMFT
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
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.
Emily Todd, LMFT
Primary Therapist/CBT and DBT Specialist.
Integrating mind, body, and soul is integral for recovery and mental well-being. I enjoy utilizing my background in body-centered therapy to present a more comprehensive perspective in providing the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in the treatment program at Villa Kali Ma.
My undergraduate studies were at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in both Human Development and Visual Arts. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego.
Being in the mental health field for over 15 years, focusing in dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders) and body-centered trauma healing, I feel blessed to be a part of the VKM family where my passion for holistic mental health and self-transformation is embraced and celebrated. The VKM team is compassionate and amazingly talented, bringing a sense of “magic” that I would wish everyone could experience on their path of recovery.
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.
Being open, willing, and honest with ourselves is the beginning to healing the mind, body and soul. This is one of the many lessons I’ve learned to follow in my own journey through sobriety. Greetings! I’m Carie Moser, Case Manager/RA at Villa Kali Ma.
I graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 1995 with my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology. It wasn’t until after I achieved sobriety 4 years ago and my desire to help other women in recovery, that my intuition led me back to school to pursue my certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.
As a Case Manager, I will see you through your whole treatment from intake to discharge and provide you with a supportive and safe place to tell your stories and experiences, while leading with my heart in compassion, kindness, and empathy toward our clients.
Elara Montagno, MFTI
Alumni Program Therapist / Yoga Instructor
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 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.