San Diego Therapy Center

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San Diego Therapy Center

EIN: 45-2060520


San Diego Therapy Center's mission is to improve the life circumstances of victims of trauma, especially children and their families, and stop the cycle of abuse and victimization, through providing specialized, trauma-informed counseling and neurofeedback services in a safe and caring environment at low-cost in order to increase mental health care access for the underserved and disenfranchised.

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Executive Director

Dr. Christiana Silva

Main address

2271 Alpine Blvd Suite A

Alpine, CA 92101 USA

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Subject area info

Health care access

Mental health care

Psychology and behavioral science

Adolescent parenting

Family counseling

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Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Trauma Recovery

The Trauma Recovery Program helps children recover from enduring physical and/or sexual abuse, family violence or parental substance abuse and/or mental illness through individual and family therapy services. SDCC provides a specialized therapeutic program for children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse or have witnessed family violence. In order to begin the healing process, a safe, supportive and nurturing place must be available to help children recover from these traumatic experiences.

Through individualized, child-friendly and child-focused counseling sessions, the clinician helps children to more effectively understand and manage their emotions. Most children in our program have never received the mental health counseling needed to help them develop coping skills and recover. SDCC clinicians have found that individual sessions with the child’s caretaker, in addition, to family therapy sessions, improves therapeutic outcomes in all cases where family violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse and domestic violence, has occurred.

Over time, our services have increasingly focused on the mental health care needs of the City’s most vulnerable populations, including homeless children and families, and children served by child protective services (CPS) and or the foster care systems.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SDCC hopes to provide thousands of children, adults and families with free or low-cost trauma informed counseling services. SDCC believes that individuals with monetary means are able to get quality counseling care and Neurofeedback services to help them recover more quickly from traumatic events, whereas individuals who do not have the financial means, are left untreated and continue to endure the cycle of abuse from domestic violence and other such traumatic events. SDCC wishes to provide these clients with 1. high quality therapy services via trauma informed therapists 2. train future therapists to be able to competently work with trauma 3. provide neurofeedback services to assist with physiological recovery from traumatic events and 4. psychoeducation for clients about how trauma impacts one's symptoms and behaviors and providing education of how to recover and not maintain the cycle of abuse and 5. providing beautiful office environments for clients to be able to feel supported and comfortable during their therapeutic process.

1. We have created partnerships with USD, Alliant University, Pepperdine, SDSU, Point Loma Nazarene and National University to become training sites for their interns.
2. We have opened up 2 Neurofeedback offices and hope to start 3 more within the 2 years to provide physiological recovery from traumatic events
3. We have provided hundreds of families and children with pro bono services so that money does not become a barrier to treatment
4. We are working with community partners to increase the word through the community about our services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


San Diego Therapy Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.04 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

San Diego Therapy Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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San Diego Therapy Center

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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San Diego Therapy Center

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of San Diego Therapy Center’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $14,659 $81,867 -$203,988 -$84,782 -$56,078
As % of expenses 4.9% 25.6% -50.9% -21.1% -9.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $14,659 $81,867 -$203,988 -$84,782 -$56,078
As % of expenses 4.9% 25.6% -50.9% -21.1% -9.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $315,869 $401,141 $258,730 $316,692 $543,025
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.6% 27.0% -35.5% 22.4% 71.5%
Program services revenue 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 67.0% 74.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 28.2% 25.5%
All other grants and contributions 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.7% 0.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $301,210 $319,274 $401,154 $401,474 $599,103
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.6% 6.0% 25.6% 0.1% 49.2%
Personnel 68.3% 70.7% 78.6% 80.3% 73.9%
Professional fees 21.3% 20.6% 14.5% 3.5% 12.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 2.0% 7.7% 5.3%
Interest 0.8% 1.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 9.6% 7.8% 4.8% 8.4% 8.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $301,210 $319,274 $401,154 $401,474 $599,103
One month of savings $25,101 $26,606 $33,430 $33,456 $49,925
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,206
Fixed asset additions $0 $69,023 $0 $3,078 $28,072
Total full costs (estimated) $326,311 $414,903 $434,584 $438,008 $679,306

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 1.1 4.3 9.1 4.7
Months of cash and investments 1.0 1.1 4.3 9.1 4.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 1.5 -3.1 -5.7 -5.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $26,287 $29,675 $144,973 $305,299 $233,303
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $75,258 $13,693 $16,771 $44,843
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 8.3% 45.5% 37.2% 13.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 1.0% 161.5% 156.6% 185.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $108,154 -$95,834 -$180,616 -$236,694
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $26,287 $108,154 -$95,834 -$180,616 -$236,694

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dr. Christiana Silva

In 2011, Dr. Silva founded SD Center for Counseling, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization developed to provide no cost therapy services to children who are impacted by traumatic events. SDCC’s mission is to help children and their families heal from traumatic events so that the cycle of abuse can end and the path of healing can begin. SDCC integrated San Diego Center for Neurofeedback (established in 2013) and became San Diego Therapy Center in 2022 to provide counseling and neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a non medication based treatment to assist with physiological self-regulation, psychological resolution, decreasing symptoms, and increasing your functioning for better quality of life. Dr. Silva is the Chief Behavioral Health Officer of Fusion Care Group. Fusion Care Group (formerly SD Psychological Services) was opened in 2007 as a group private practice that provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults to enable them to work through, and grow from, difficult life events.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

San Diego Therapy Center

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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San Diego Therapy Center

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dr. Christiana Silva

San Diego Therapy Center

Term: 2012 - 2025

Diane Lass

Dr. Lass

Josephine Pemberton

Pemberton Financial and Insurance Services

Tanya Hilber

Dr. Hilber

Ajay Rai

David Spells

Susan Lin

Nancy Snipes

Diane Stumpf

Mike Vasquez

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.