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 Shah, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of Group Therapy.
Trishala Shah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) registered by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (#139626). 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 is the Director of Group Therapy at BrightMind and leads a support group for parents and a support group for adolescents. She strongly believes in healing through group settings where shared experiences can create strong bonds and a sense of mutual support. When she’s not wearing her ‘therapist hat’, Trishala spends time baking, traveling, 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.
Dr. Jordyn Skaggs
Dr. Skaggs is a BrightMind therapist with extensive training and experience assessing and treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Skaggs has been trained on eating disorders and treatment with families. She has training and experience working with eating disorder populations using evidence-based treatments such as Family-Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Skaggs also has specialized training and extensive expertise in trauma, mood, and anxiety treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and their families at all levels of care. Dr. Skaggs has extensive experience treating teenagers, especially young boys, who struggle with mood disorders and behavioral issues. Jordyn brings extensive experience in providing trauma-informed care to BrightMind and delivers evidence-based trauma treatment models adapted for children. Jordyn graduated with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University and has dedicated her career to working with youth. Before joining BrightMind, she worked in a variety of clinical settings, including county settings, prisons, and outpatient practices where her work focused on teens with behavioral issues, mood, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Skaggs guides her clinical interventions by helping her patients use their innate temperament and personality for good rather than harm. Her clinical interest and practice have been primarily rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Family Based Treatment (FBT) for her patients. Jordyn enjoys spending her free time hanging out with her dog, traveling, and watching sports.
Julianna Adams, LPCC
Jules is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at BrightMind with extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings. She has received specialized training in evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Jules graduated with her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. Her experience with youth includes serving as a therapist at the NC Child Development Center, where she worked with children and families implementing evidence-based treatments. Additionally, Jules has worked extensively with adults and specializes in substance use treatment, trauma, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Before joining BrightMind, Jules worked for UC San Diego Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research, where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Outside of work, you can find Jules trying to keep her succulents alive, napping with her cats Gus and Frankie, and jamming out to Backstreet Boys.