Dr. Gyna Overholtzer
Dr. Gyna Overholtzer combines her extensive clinical training and experience, use of evidence-based treatment models, and her warm and non-judgmental disposition to support individuals and families with their unique treatment needs. Dr. Overholtzer has worked at BrightMind for 3 years and has extensive experience with providing treatment to children, adolescents and adults. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Clinic, Division of Mental Health. Prior to her two years working at Scripps Clinic, Dr. Overholtzer also provided therapy at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center, the Areta Crowell BPSR Center, and the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service (C.A.R.E.S.). Throughout her diverse range of clinical experiences, she has mastered the use of various evidence-based practices when treating individuals, couples, and families. Treatments provided include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Overholtzer also has specialized experience in working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults who suffer from eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, stress management issues, and interpersonal relationship issues. She received her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Carly Hadjeasgari
Dr. Hadjeasgari combines her training in evidence-based treatment models with a focus on clients’ strengths to help clients find and build inner resiliency through skills training and a strong therapeutic relationship. She has specialized training in treating eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among children, adolescents, and adults in various evidence-based modalities. Dr. Hadjeasgari has over a decade of experience working with eating and weight disorders and was trained by some of the leading experts in the field through direct clinical training and specialized workshops. In addition to her work at BrightMind, she is also a therapist at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center where she provides specialized individual, family, and group treatment to adolescents and families centered around targeting anxiety and skills building. She is trained and practices a variety of evidence-based models of treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for eating disorders, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for anxiety disorders.
Madison Kingsbury, AMFT
Madison Kingsbury is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for helping children and adolescents identify and overcome their struggles. Before joining BrightMind, she worked at Monte Vista High School helping countless adolescents with mental health and familial issues. These topics ranged from generalized anxiety to social anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harm, and previous abuse and or trauma. Madison has been specifically trained in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), and specific eating disorder treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR) and Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for anorexia. At the same time, Madison prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients by focusing on the relational aspects of therapy. This can mean holding space for a deep conversation, providing understanding and compassion, pulling from a treatment modality, or a combination of all three. When Madison is not with her clients, she loves to eat sushi, do yoga, and hang out with friends. Madison Kingsbury received her Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii.
Trishala Khandheria, AMFT
Trishala Khandheria is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) registered by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS #119902). Trishala earned her B.A. in Psychology at Georgetown University, and her M.A. in Marital Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. Trishala also earned her M.S. in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University, where she pursued a focused study in Clinical Neuroscience. Trishala completed her practicum training at UCSD in the department of Family Medicine. Trishala’s clinical experience includes working with families, children, adolescents, and adults living with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa and Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Trishala believes in managing mental illness from a systemic perspective, recognizing that mental illness can affect the individual’s interpersonal relationships, and that support from others can have a positive impact on recovery. Trishala uses evidence-based treatments, including family-based therapy (FBT), SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and exposure and response prevention (ERP), to help patients and their families manage the illness and its symptoms. Above all, Trishala places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, and focuses on creating a safe space for patients and their families to heal, explore themselves, and feel heard. Trishala also co-leads an eating disorder parent skills and support group, where she fosters a supportive environment for parents to share experiences, and learn and practice skills to effectively and compassionately support their child/ teen during recovery. When she’s not wearing her ‘therapist hat’, Trishala spends time baking, traveling to foreign countries, singing in a band, and experiencing live music.
Daniela Vazquez, AMFT
Daniela is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and families challenged by depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, interpersonal relationships, attention, and self-esteem issues. Before joining BrightMind, Daniela worked as a therapist at an elementary school providing child and family therapy for SDSU’s Project Impact. Daniela is knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), and play therapy. Daniela welcomes English and Spanish speaking patients. She is currently studying to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology. Her research interests center around creating early detection programs that could effectively prevent the development of eating disorders and promote a healthy sense of self. Apart from work, Daniela also enjoys traveling, Pilates, live shows, as well as spending time with family, friends, and her dogs.
Hala Khamis, AMFT
Hala is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at BrightMind Therapy with extensive experience in pediatric treatments and eating disorder treatments across the life span. Her experience includes working as a therapist for children, adolescents, adults and their families with various eating disorders and co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and OCD. While working as an AMFT, she also had the opportunity to provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training and process groups to children, adults and their parents. Hala has extensive experience treating eating disorders and anxiety disorders. Hala began her experience in working with eating disorders at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center where she provided treatments for pediatric anxiety and eating-related issues. Prior to joining BrightMInd, Hala was a therapist at the Center for Discovery, a residential treatment facility for adults. Hala looks forward to working each day, with opportunities to gain new insights and learn from her patients through their work together. She utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Family Based Treatment (FBT) and strengths-based therapy to help her clients and families meet their goals. Hala received her Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.