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.
Jessica Belter, ACSW, MSW, RBT
In the Fall of 2001, during my 13th year as a first responder and military veteran, my substance abuse provided me with the gift of desperation that comes from losing almost everything that mattered to me. My emotional pain was crippling and ripped me open to the possibility of a new way of living. In the Spring of 2002 I was divinely led to fully engage in my journey of recovery which, in turn, brought me to my current career as a therapist. Now, 17 years later, after graduating summa cum laude with a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University, I am blessed to be able to help others along the path of healing.
Therapeutically I use an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, 12-step, gestalt, Rogerian and attachment theory. I seek to address problems related to; substance use, eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, codependency, love addiction and more.
My personal philosophy as a human being and as a therapist is this; I believe that true freedom comes from transformation of self from the inside out. I believe we are on this planet to let our light shine.
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.