The Ed Asner Family Center offers various approaches to therapy:

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, worry, grief, or need help with anger management or self-esteem. You are not alone. These are some of the issues that our clients experience. Individuals often face challenges maintaining healthy relationships.  These issues are much more prevalent with the addition of a special needs family member.  Therapy is offered by a licensed clinician such as a Marriage Family Therapist or a Clinical Social Worker who is trained to assess and offer professional help when challenges like these.  Our clinicians meet weekly with couples, families or individuals to address their ongoing needs. Clinicians explore with the client productive ways to get back on track and encourage positive change.

Family Counseling: 

This program is designed to help all family members in the special needs household, including grandparents or caregivers. The family will learn how to comfortably express their feelings, find better ways to communicate with each other, to solve problems effectively, be able to understand special needs and to better address struggles in the home, school, workplace or out in the community.  By defining clear goals and ways to support those goals, clinicians work closely with all family members.  Sessions are focused on teaching the skills necessary to encourage the family as a whole to be better communicators and focus on a healthier way of living and a higher quality of life for the entire family.

Caregiver Support Group or Individual Therapy:

Here, focus is placed on supporting the caregiver. Caregivers often feel overwhelmed, overextended, or alone. Often times this is a step parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or extended family member who is unsure how to handle the intense behaviors, sensory difficulties or emotional issues that accompany caring for a special needs child or adult.  The caregiver is supported by peers in a group setting or during private one-on-one counseling sessions. By getting the support you need, depression or anxiety can be reduced and replaced by understanding and self-care. 

Sibling Group:

This program offers support for the sibling of a special needs child.   Often the sibling wonders why everything is focused on their brother or sister and not on them.  They might feel that they don’t get enough time to do the things they want to do. Siblings may feel guilt or anger towards their brother or sister for always being the center of the parent’s attention. The participant will be able to express feelings through games and activities while attending group sessions, as well as finding comfort and support with a community of likeminded peers.

Chrisa Sadd, LMFT

Chrisa Sadd, LMFT has been working with the special needs community since 2003.  She has extensive experience working with families, siblings, caregivers, children and young adults.  For many years she worked as a behavior analyst, social skills teacher, including working at VISTA DEL MAR. Providing psychotherapy services for the special needs community and others.  “I love the work that I do.  Helping others is a part of my heart and soul.  It is truly rewarding when you can see another's persons life change for the better."