Our Team


Dr McConnell provides clinical supervision to three associates.  Each associate has completed their Master’s degree, during which they did substantial clinical work.  Each has trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as other modalities.  Each has a wealth of life experience they bring to their professional work.  They are currently accumulating the final supervised hours they require before launching into their own independent practices.  Dr. McConnell meets with each associate weekly to discuss their work and review video clips of their sessions.

As a team, we provide experience and specialization in a wide range of issues, including Sexual, Gender and Relationship Diversity.

Each of our team maintains their own web site which you can visit to find out more about them. For more about Dr. McConnell, click here, or explore his website.

Julia Schiffman, MSW, ASW (ASW 77096) 
‭(619) 623-4457‬

Julia’s calm and warm presence is therapeutic in itself.  She helps clients understand the inner dynamics of their conflicts so they can move forward. She has a wide background in counseling and sex education. She is working toward full certification as an Emotionally Focused Therapist.

  • $100/hour before 5:00pm; $120/hr after 5:00pm  
  • Reduced fee available for clients in financial need
  • Adults and Adolescents
  • Sex Therapy
  • Gender Diversity 
  • BDSM, Kink and D/s affirmative
  • Life Transitions
  • Depression, Domestic Violence and Childhood and Adult Trauma
  • Uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as  Trauma Focused-CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Problem Solving Therapy PST).


Lonny Miller, MA, MFTA (103902)
(858) 381-0544

Lonny takes a client-centered, humanistic approach.  His style is warm and nurturing.  Prior to his career as a therapist, Lonny was Director of Enterprise Solutions for the largest privately held global information company in the world, facilitating the integration of IT for large corporate mergers.  You wouldn’t know this from his warm, understated manner.

  • $100/hr before 5:00pm; $120/hr after 5:00pm 
  • Reduced fee available for clients in financial need
  • Couples and Individual Therapy
  • Adults and Adolescents
  • Parenting in Heterosexual, LGBT and Non-Traditional Relationships
  • Substance Abuse & Process Addictions
  • Men’s issues and Social Justice issues
  • Trauma, PTSD, Depression,  Anxiety
  • Uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as Narrative Therapy, 12-Step, Rational Therapy


James DiGloria

James DiGloria, MA, MFTA (MFTA95541)
‭(619) 356-3455‬

James has a highly active, engaged and warm style.  Clients sometimes say he has a “can opener” when it comes to helping them get below the surface. His goal is to help you live the life you want, with a joyful balance of achievement and intimacy.  James writes “Getting ahead and creating momentum in our professional lives. Creating freedom, fun, and joy in our personal lives. Experiencing deeper levels of intimacy in our closest relationships. These are not merely things that only a select few get to experience in their lifetime. You can have it as well. As a therapist committed to joining you on this process, I can help.”

  • $130/hr before 5:00pm;  $150/hr after 5:00pm (Jame’s reduced fee slots are currently all taken)
  • Couples and Individual Therapy with Adults
  • Experienced with Complex Relationships (CNM, poly, open relationships, D/s
  • Sex Therapy, Anxiety, Depression
  • Uses Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),