Promoting Health and Wellness Throughout the Life Span
What We Do
Our Counseling and Treatment Center (CTC) provides supportive services in a safe and culturally sensitive environment for individuals who are experiencing emotional distress. Services are culturally and linguistically appropriate in order to meet the unique needs that are connected to the tradition and culture of an individual.
CTC upholds the principle of psychosocial rehabilitation to assist those recovering from mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Services include mental health assessments, individual and group therapy, peer support groups, clinical cases management, psychiatric medication management, employment services and geriatric services via in-home visits.
Counseling is offered in English, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Tagalog, Chinese, Karen, Burmese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian Pacific Islander languages. All staff members are multilingual and multicultural professionals who have extensive experience in the field and are dedicated to the wellbeing of their clients.
Who We Serve
We provide outpatient mental health services to all populations, with a focus on Asian and Pacific Islander adults, who are 18 years of age and older with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, co-occurring substance abuse and other related difficulties. Referrals to CTC can be made by calling (619) 229-2999.
After being released from the hospital, Ja enrolled in services at the UPAC Counseling and Treatment Center. At this time, his business was in bankruptcy and he was experiencing relationship struggles. These stressors triggered his initial mental health hospitalization. Ja shared with his UPAC therapist that due to his circumstances, he had lost the ability to speak and had trouble accessing true feelings of joy, anger, sadness for over a decade. He wanted to utilize individual therapy services, which he attended weekly and eventually monthly, to help himself feel “human and alive” again. He did not want to re-experience the triggers and symptoms that led to his hospitalization.
While in the program, JA felt understood on a cultural level because of UPAC’s specialization in API populations. He was able to learn from therapy, gained greater awareness of his emotional capacity and could now identify his triggers, which helped him find stability in his life. After a year in our program, he was discharged from services and felt very healed from his experience. He now felt confident in his recovery and ability to thrive independently.
* Names have been altered to protect client privacy.
Funded by the County of San Diego
Katherin Torres, LMFT
Katherin (Kat) is the program manager at UPAC Counseling and Treatment Center and is proud to be a part of the team and UPAC family. Kat is the daughter of immigrants (is an immigrant herself) and attributes much of her ambition in her career to the influence of her parents’ hard work and humility.
Kat is an LMFT who first joined the mental health field in 2011 and provided ACT level of services to TAY who had been diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and were homeless/at risk for homelessness. Since then, Kat has provided therapy to different ages including children, adults, and older adults from all different backgrounds, and has done so in both English and Spanish. Kat was also previously Lead Clinician at UPAC-Community Wellness Clinic in 2019, and then Program Manager at CWC from March 2021 to its sunsetting in October 2021.
Kat is passionate about providing best care to those with SMI and to people of different cultures. Kat is also passionate about providing hope for recovery to anyone in treatment and enjoys investing in staff who will continue to provide the best care to our clients.
5348 University Avenue, Suite #101 & 120
San Diego, CA 92105
Tel: (619) 229-2999
8745 Aero Drive, Suites 330
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (858) 268-4933