Counseling Services


Welcome to JD Family Counseling: A place to integrate the Yearnings of your HEART with the Wisdom of your HEAD!

Do you sometimes feel that your emotions are telling you one thing, but your reason is telling you another? Or do you feel as if you are not living authentically? Do you feel driven by your emotions as if they have a “mind” of their own? Do you see things in terms of all or nothing- black or white?

We take on many different roles in life: wife, husband, partner, mother, father, daughter, son, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, career woman, stay at home dad, student, soccer player etc.

We often function in these roles on automatic pilot, heeding little or no attention to our needs for rest, nourishment, reflection, and support.

Sometimes in the shuffle of “doing” we lose our ability to “be,” our ability to tap into our inner knowing of what is best for us.  As a result, we may struggle with many different and distressful feelings and conditions: depression, fear, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, impulsive behaviors, low self-worth etc.  These may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  I can help you understand the complex interrelationship of these factors and how they affect your  spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental life.  These factors may cause pain and discomfort.

The source of your pain may stem from childhood issues or traumas, or recent traumas. I think I can help you gain insight into your struggles.  I can act as a catalyst for change that you may be looking for.

I am trained to provide insight into these issues.  I am interested in connecting with you and understanding your heartfelt needs.    I believe that when one’s heart and head are united, an authentic life will unfold naturally.  

I am an EMDRIA certified  Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.  I use EMDR to treat trauma and stressful life events.  I specialize in trauma resulting from adverse childhood experiences, pathological relationships, medical maltreatment, and  “invisible” or chronic pain conditions.  I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), incorporating mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, emotional regulation skills, and distress tolerance skills.  Lastly, I incorporate the wisdom of  Virginia Satir’s  Experiential Family Therapy to help families grow as individuals and to communicate congruently.

Below is more information about EMDR therapy courtesy of EMDR International Association:





I treat children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families.  I welcome people from all walks of life, without judgment.

Some of the issues and disorders  I treat include, but are not limited to:  Adverse Childhood Experiences, Grief and Loss, Divorce Recovery, Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Phobias, Self-Injurious Behavior, Coping with Chronic Pain, Parenting Struggles, Emotional Dysregulation, Recovery from Pathological Relationships, Self-Esteem,  etc..

I do hope you will give me a call so we can start healing your heart and creating the authentic life you deserve to live.

Julie A. Discenza M.Ed., M.S., LMFT #92632

(951) 662-8320


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Fees and Insurance

My practice is a fee for service organization.   Fees are collected at the beginning of each session.  I take cash, checks, and credit cards.

I am not a contracted provider with any insurance company or managed care organization. Should you choose to use PPO out of Network services through your insurance, you should call insurance to confirm benefits.  I will provide you with a Super Bill, which you can submit to insurance for reimbursement of fees already paid.