The only thing that is constant is change. - Heraclitus

My Story

A California native and an explorer at heart, I've lived throughout the states and am glad to now call San Diego home. I specialize in perinatal mental health, working with women and couples as they navigate the sometimes difficult path toward expanding their families, including experiences of infertility, miscarriage, and loss.
I also have experience supporting clients through transitions related to work, relocation, education, and individuals considering a change in their relationship with substance use.  

I found my way to mental health through my experiences supporting humanitarian relief operations in crisis areas throughout the world. Drawn to stories of resilience, of survival, of growth, despite the most difficult of circumstances, I chose to pursue graduate training in clinical social work. I completed my Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. ​

After 5 years in the field, my focus shifted to perinatal mental health following my own pregnancy and the arrival of my first baby. I was inspired by the growth and transition that is inherent in this period, and came to understand the struggle and difficultly that can arise at this time that cultural messages say is the most wonderful time in a new parent's life. 

I've been honored to work with mothers, couples, and families preparing for, navigating, and after pregnancy in intensive therapy settings, in groups, and in outpatient therapy. In addition to private practice, I currently practice with UC San Diego Health's Women's Reproductive Mental Health Program. When I'm not working, I enjoy camping, yoga, and spending time with my family. 

My Philosophy
Change is hard! And, even when it is much desired, change brings along with it reminders from the past, new stressors and adjustments, and new identities, all of which can lead to stress, discomfort, and feeling stuck.

I believe that change and even crisis brings with it opportunity - opportunity to grow, stretch, and even take steps that bring your life into closer alignment with the life you want to be living. There is no doubt this can be a painful process, and you do not have to walk this path alone. 

My approach to therapy is relational, person-centered, and collaborative. Your story and your experiences will guide our therapy process from start to finish. If this sounds like what you are looking for, schedule your consultation today

Trust in your own untried capacity. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
My Training
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

California Board of Behavioral Sciences LCSW #72137

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA - 2011

Memberships, Affiliations, and Additional Training 

EMDRIA Member

Continuing Education Provider for Life Perspectives

EMDR Therapy Training (EMDRIA approved, Maiberger Institute)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Level A 

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1

Registered Circle of Security (R) Parenting (TM) Facilitator 

Tel: 619-784-8441

Jillian Early

Psychotherapist