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Inspiring Conversations with Kara Kohnen of Grow Through Life Counseling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kara Kohnen.

Hi Kara, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Grow Through Life Counseling, Inc. is an outpatient counseling practice serving children, teens, and families in San Diego and Murrieta. We started in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista and now have five locations in addition to Chula Vista: Sorrento Valley, Scripps Ranch, Oceanside, and Murrieta. We will be opening in La Mesa, CA, this fall!

Our growth is, in part, to serve the many families who were driving far distances to get to quality providers for their children. We believe in early intervention and treat all ages. We know the sooner we teach positive coping skills, the better a child with adapt to any challenges they face. We promote positive communication and relationship skills as part of mental health throughout life is certainly having great supportive relationships. We can change the quality of life for the rest of someone’s life.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We have a lot of great staff who have stuck with us over many years, and we love this! We have had others who have moved on due to life circumstances, growing families, and moving away. COVID brought so many changes and challenges for all families this year! It’s always challenging to miss a great therapist, and it can be hard for patients to switch, but we are currently welcoming new providers who are looking for a great career opportunity. It’s an important part of our team culture our therapists are happy and positive with a growth mindset.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Grow Through Life Counseling?
We are the largest private practice group specializing in the needs of youth in San Diego County. We provide high-quality or care to the families we serve in care. We have a range of fee options, offer free superbills if we don’t bill your insurance plan directly and then are also in-network with Tricare and Cigna. We provide a wide variety of approaches, including with our diverse team and offer some specialized care for Trauma.

We also have Registered Play Therapists for ages 0-5. I am most proud to say we have help over 10,000+ families and this number grows every day. We are on a mission to have healthier, happier, healed, and resilient children and teens growing up and creating healthier relationships and communities. We are accepting new patients of all ages, and we are hiring licensed team members as we are growing in all locations. We now offer both Telehealth and in-person care at locations as well!

Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We’d love the opportunity to come to your school or parent group to give information about pediatric and adolescent teen emotional development. We can help answer “is this normal?” to parents who may have concerns and identify when care might be needed. By educating our communities, we can provide care to prevent problems down the line. We also would love to connect on social media and if you share our posts regarding mental health with the community. Every little bit helps reduce stigma!

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Grow Through Life Counseling Murrieta Treatment Room 7, Sorrento Valley Treatment Room 6, Scripps Ranch lobby

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