Paula Kettula, LCSW - Psychotherapy,  Educational Services and Consultation
Paula Kettula 
LCSW, Montessori AMI 3-6+ Diploma

I am a psychotherapist and an educator working towards attaining peace within ourselves as well as peace within the humankind! 

I offer individual therapy for children, youth, adults and families based on their unique needs, qualities and strengths. I am also a trained Montessori Primary School Teacher through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).  

In the field of psychotherapy, I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and addictions. I also address emotional and behavioral challenges of children stemming from life transitions, developmental concerns or trauma. 

I have an eclectic approach so that treatment can be effectively tailored to the specific problem, person and life situation. Not one person is the same! My practice focuses on treating the entire person from a mind-body-spirit-soul perspective.  

In the field of education, I offer comprehensive mental health related educational assessments for primary age children attending Montessori Schools. My approach combines the Montessori Philosophy with experience and expertise in the field of mental health. 

  • Individual therapy for children, adults and families
  • Mental health related educational assessments and recommendations for children
  • Family support
  • Couples counseling
  • Private practice consultation
  • Private Yoga Sessions
  • On-line therapy 

  • Developmental, behavioral and emotional challenges in children 3 and up. 
  • Educational needs of children 
  • Parent/Family support
  • Teen issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Life transitions/challenges

  • EMDR Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Jungian Sand Play Therapy
  • Yoga and Mindfullness
  • Stress Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Coping skills
  • Montessori Pedagogy

Accepted Insurances:
  • Aetna
  • Tricare 
  • Blue Shield 
  • Magellan
  • Cigna
  • MHN
  • VA Choice Program
  • Any PPO Plan 
  • CalVCP

Private Pay Rates:
  • $150 Initial Assessment (60 Min.) 
  • $120 per regular session (50 Min.)
  • $90 for students, recent graduates, single parents and individuals and families with financial difficulties
  • $250 90 Min. school observation without report
  • $350 90 Min. school observation with written report 
  • $950 Comprehensive mental health related educational assessment and recommendations 
  • FREE 30 Min. face-to-face consultation for new clients without an insurance

Contact Information:
619-577-5057 Phone
619-324-1023 Fax

2630 First Avenue
Suite 205
San Diego, CA 92103

My cozy and peaceful office is centrally located in Banker's Hill on First Avenue between Nutmeg and Maples above the American Indian Health Center.

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