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 primarily to 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
Heeyoung Kim, LCSW
Heeyoung is from South Korea and came to San Diego to pursue a master’s degree of Social Work in 2002. After completing the MSW program at San Diego State University, she worked as a mental health therapist/assistant supervisor for Counseling and Treatment Center (CTC) for 8 years. Since 2017, she has been Program Manager for CTC and enjoys her role as a leader to support staff, who also have immigrant backgrounds from unique and diverse cultures. Both her work experience with Asian Pacific Islanders and her life experience as an Asian immigrant have nurtured a great passion and heart for immigrant/refugee clients and the community’s well being. She loves going out into nature, which gives her peace and comfort.
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