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Moving you through trauma to your true self


Vanessa Cardin

Owner & Founder of Strong Sense of Self Family Counseling Inc. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #128077

Do you ever feel like you are doing life alone? Or that your struggles are too much for anyone else to handle? Here at Strong Sense of Self Counseling, we strive to create an environment for our clients to freely explore their feelings and thoughts in a safe place. We are passionate about partnering with individuals who are struggling with depression, self-esteem, anxiety, grief and relationship issues. Other strengths include: work problems, family problems, trauma, PTSD, addiction, childhood issues, spiritual identity, and many others. Our priority is making sure that each persons unique needs are met during the therapeutic process.

We genuinely care about seeing clients grow, find purpose, reach their goals, and live an empowered life. Strong Sense of Self therapist primarily utilize techniques and approaches from Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory. Our therapists are EMDR trained by the EMDR International Association.


Areas of Expertise


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy approach that helps individuals process traumatic experiences. It involves a structured eight-phase protocol, where the therapist guides the client to recall distressing memories while simultaneously focusing on bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or hand tapping. This process aims to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories, reducing their emotional intensity and associated distress. EMDR is believed to work by integrating traumatic memories into existing cognitive networks, promoting adaptive resolution. Research suggests its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions.

Who We See


We work with individuals on managing anxiety, depression, PTSD and phase of life issues. Together we will develop goals to empower and strengthen your best self.


Adolescence is a difficult time of personal growth and creating connection. We work with teens to gain insight on their identity and manage any anxiety or depression symptoms


"Staying Vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection."

-Brené Brown 

We offer online sessions for clients located in the state of California

& In-person sessions in San Diego.

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