counseling_mainWhat do you think when you hear the word counseling? An hour with a psychologist who periodically asks, “How does that make you feel?” A tell-all session in which you do all the talking and the counselor listens…and listens? Or does it make you think of lying down on a couch?

We do things differently at Jewish Family Service. We’re here to help you sort out the challenges in your life — and find the energy and strength to move forward. We take a more hands-on, proactive, work-together approach—arising from years of professional clinical experience.

At times, almost everyone feels alone, inadequate, even helpless. Maybe you just feel stuck or angry. If you’re feeling down and don’t know why, or if life keeps getting more stressful and you can’t cope, give us a call. We’ll help you work through it.

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Types of Counseling
Counseling for Individuals and Families in the Military
Counseling Services
Therapist Bios 

Types of Counseling

Adolescent in CounselingCounseling is available for individuals, youth, couples, families, and groups. You and your therapist will decide the best type of therapy for you.

Short-Term Problem Focused Therapy
Don’t want to spend months, even years, in therapy? We don’t want you to either. We’ll spend up to 12 weeks empowering you with the tools and skills you need to work through tough times.

Mood Disorder
About 1 in 10 Americans suffers from a mood disorder. Our professional staff is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. We offer individual, couple, family, and group therapy, as mood disorders often affect entire families, not just the person suffering. Join our Mood Management Group and meet others who really understand what you are going through. Call us. We can help. Visit the Mood Disorder Program page>>

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Counseling for Military Families
Young Couple

Our professional counselors are specially trained in issues that frequently affect military families. And we're specially trained to work with children. We can help you and your family. We're here for you. We accept Tricare insurance.

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If you’re going through a major transition, why do it alone? Join one of our support groups and get the motivation and encouragement you need. Groups give you a chance to talk with other people who are going through the same situation. You can make connections, share feedback, and get advice. Groups offer a certain emotional comfort and moral support that individual therapy can’t do.

We offer professionally facilitated support groups across San Diego County to address many different issues. View our List of Current Groups>>


Jewish Family Service
Community Services Building

8788 Balboa Avenue, San Diego 92123
Living with a mood disorder can be isolating and frustrating. The good news is that mood disorders are manageable. You can live a healthy and productive life filled with meaning and support. Our Mood Management Group shares effective coping strategies to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety in a supportive and social environment. Each member has an opportunity to interact with others with similar experiences, gain insight, set manageable goals, and receive support and valuable resources.

  • Open to individuals experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, as well as individuals with mood‑related mental health diagnoses, such as Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder.
  • $30 fee, sliding scale (some insurance carriers accepted)
  • Open to people of all faiths
  • All sessions are confidential
  • 10 weekly sessions


For more information call: (858) 637-3210



Jewish Family Service | JOAN & IRWIN JACOBS CAMPUS
Community Services Building 
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123 

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, join our bereavement group and connect with others on the path toward healing.

While each individual experiences grief differently, joining a group offers participants an opportunity to receive support from people who can relate to their experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of the mourning process. Together, the group will address the social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of bereavement.

To register: (858) 637-3210

Free of Charge

Counseling Services

We offer professional counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults of every age. We serve all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. Most of our therapists are Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Psychologists, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. JFS is a training site for interns in social work and psychology who are earning advanced degrees or hours towards licensure. These counselors work under the close supervision of a licensed therapist.

We offer competitive fees based on a sliding scale. Most insurance is accepted, including Medicare and Tricare. Day and evening appointments are available.

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Therapist Bios

Bruce Sachs, Ph.D.
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I have been working in the mental health field for more than 25 years and have worked with a great diversity of clients in a wide variety of settings. Before becoming a psychologist, I was a teacher and I also worked for the State of New Jersey for ten years. I am a strong believer in tailoring my therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of my clients. My specializations include individual therapy with adults, especially older adults, and couples and group therapy. 

Areas of Specialized Training

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Grief
  • Clinical supervision
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA
  • Master’s in Counseling Psychology
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Bachelor's in History
    University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Leah Mitchell, LCSW
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I have worked primarily in community mental health settings for more than 10 years providing services to children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups. I have experience treating mild to severe conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and substance use issues. My experience includes working with individuals who are facing issues related to trust, self-confidence, identity, intimacy, and grief. I focus my work on helping each of my clients achieve the goals they have identified for services using known Evidence Based Practice models.   

  • Master’s in Social Work
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology
    The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
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OptumHealth Access & Crisis Line
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National Suicide Hotline
1 (800) SUICIDE

National Depression Hotline
1 (800) 273-TALK

California Youth Crisis Line
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