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Stronger Together Community Services

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Our Mission

At Stronger Together Community Services, we strive to promote mental health and wellness by providing access to individualized healing practices that support both the mind and body. We understand the stigma that often surrounds seeking mental health services, and our goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone on their journey to wellness. Through empowerment, growth, and community building, we believe that together, we can overcome any obstacles and embrace life to its fullest potential.

Stronger Together Community Services recognizes the need for access to quality mental health services and the stigma often faced by those in pursuit of healing, health, and wellness.

We are dedicated to providing a variety of healing practices including traditional talk therapy, integrative approaches that benefit both mind and body, and adventure based programs that provide the opportunity for exploration.

We welcome all who find themselves on the journey to embrace life, overcome barriers, and face challenges together. ​

Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that empowering others leads to growth, connection, and community.

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Practicum at Stronger Together

Stronger Together Community Services (STCS) exists to provide inclusive, equitable, and affordable mental health services for those living in San Diego and throughout California (via telehealth). Dr. Allison Brownlee had a vision for STCS to be an outstanding education and training facility for graduate and doctoral students to not only fulfill their academic obligations but be part of a women-led team that advocates for health equity. Treatment is tailored to the needs of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, survivors of trauma, and military personnel, veterans and their families.

STCS believes that in order to deliver our mission and vision in our community, we must first empower our staff with DEIB and social justice oriented training and education. Every clinician at Stronger Together is trained in trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and attuned care to meet the individualized needs of our clients. Clinicians are trained to understand the complexities of working with individualized experiences and recognize the prevalence and impact of trauma. STCS works with the whole person, and tends to the emotional, cognitive, physical, and neurobiological aspects of healing.

STCS recognizes the lack of representation of multicultural therapists and prioritizes hiring a diverse staff of counselors that come from different religious, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. In many cases, barriers to seeking out and receiving mental health treatment hinge on cultural differences or systemic issues that overwhelmingly impact minority groups. Making STCS more relatable and accessible for diverse groups who can provide LGBTQ+ and BIPOC focused counseling is a foundational component of the team building process.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at STCS

STCS recognizes the need for community agencies to address the ongoing impact of racism, oppression, and violence against minority groups.

We have built our organization from the foundational belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion should be the heart of our agency. We believe in operating with integrity and sensitivity to the varying perspectives we hold as community members. ​​​​​​​

This requires us to lead from a space of continual review and evaluation of our practices, policies and procedures to guide our integrative approach to healing.

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Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office.  We provide the best and latest in mental health treatment options. We also provide gentle, family-oriented care to the adults and children of San Diego, CA and surrounding areas.


Meet the STCS Crew

Dr. Allison Brownlee

Founder and Clinical Director

Allison Delgado Crew Member

Allison Delgado

MFT trainee

Amber Stacks Crew Member

Amber Stacks

Associate MFT

Annie Lockary Crew Member

Annie Lockary

Associate MFT

Bianca Crew Member

Bianca Lothridge

Associate MFT

Herb Crew Member

Herb Schnabel

MFT Associate

Hazel Rivera

MFT Trainee

Jennifer Patterson

Associate MFT

Jennifer Vigil Crew Member

Jennifer Vigil

Associate MFT

kaitlins Crew Member

Kaitlin Kezer

MFT Trainee

Riggin Crew Member

Kasey Riggins

MFT Trainee

Lisa Crew Member

Lisa Meyer

DEIB Consultant

Melissa Crew Member

Melissa Guaderrama


Merylee Crew Member

Merylee Robbins

Associate MFT

Montse Chavarria

Associate MFT

Reihaneh Crew Member

Reihaneh Mahdavi

Associate MFT

Wendie Briggs

MFT Trainee

Sara Alshaheri

MFT Trainee

Malena Hicks

Clinical Psychology PsyD Trainee

Ben Yalom

MFT Trainee

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We’re focused on creating a relationship of trust and respect with our clients. An open communication policy combined with a dedication to the highest treatment standards to achieve this goal.

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Support Groups

Inside Out

This group is open to LGBTQIA+ identifying folx that are looking to further their growth personally and interpersonally. Share your experiences and distress in an affirmative and accepting space.

Healing Hearts and Minds

This group offers a safe space to health together from break ups, divorces, or toxic entanglements and help transition from surviving to thriving. Open to California residents, over the age of 18.

Land Acknowledgment

STCS respectfully acknowledges that we work on the land of the Kumeyaay Nation. We honor the Kumeyaay Diegueño Nation and the generations of violence endured, displacement faced, and ultimately the occupancy of their land. To find out more about the Kumeyaay people, please visit To support land conservancy efforts of the Kumeyaay Diegueño Nation, please visit You can click here   Whose land are you on? To learn more about the native land you live and work on. 

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