At Brightside

We provide individual therapy for adults and specialize in ​serving members of the LGBTQ+ community, survivors of ​domestic violence, first responders (police officers, EMTs and ​firefighters) and underserved populations in San Diego.

We offer individual therapy via telehealth throughout ​California state and in-person sessions (in the San Diego ​area).

We accept these insurance plans:

United Health Care


Optum EAP


Oxford Health Plans



UHC Student Resources

AllSavers UHC

Harvard Pilgrim

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To get started,

contact us by text/calling 619-503-0849

for a free 15 minute consultation.

About us

Chelsea Sterling, MA, LPCC #10548: Chelsea (she/her) is a ​Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. ​She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling ​from the University of San Diego. Her clinical experiences include ​providing individual therapy, group therapy, crisis counseling and ​psychosocial assessments through work in short-term acute ​residential treatment (START) programs and outpatient mental ​health clinics. She is a certified Domestic Violence Counselor.

Chelsea has expertise in the following evidence-based modalities: ​Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy ​(DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement ​Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She has led critical ​incident debriefings and presentations for the San Diego Police ​and Fire Departments She enjoys working with members of the ​LGBTQIA+ community, domestic violence survivors and first ​responders (police officers, EMTs and firefighters).

Chelsea values the importance of person-centered therapy based ​on a person’s strengths and values. Her approach is rooted in ​creating a comfortable space to explore a client’s concerns and ​partnering together to generate changes in thoughts, ​communication and actions that can build mental wellness.

Jessica Foster, MA, LPCC #10894: Jessica Foster (she/they) ​is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in ​California. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental ​Health Counseling from the University of San Diego.

She is passionate about working alongside folks who are living ​with mental health difficulties and/or who have experienced ​trauma. She has experience providing individual therapy, group ​therapy, and crisis intervention counseling while utilizing ​evidenced-based treatments such as Acceptance and ​Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Client ​Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), ​Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior ​Therapy (DBT).

She enjoys working with clients in the LGBTQIA+ community as ​well as the polyamory/non- monogamy communities. She is a ​body-, sex-, and kink-affirming therapist, leading with curiosity ​to provide a non-judgmental and safe environment for clients to ​gain insight, learn effective coping skills and build long-lasting ​resiliency in a collaborative approach. Her goal is to empower ​clients as they explore themes in their past, present and future ​to improve overall well being.

To get started,

contact us or text/call 619-503-0849

for a free consultation.

No Surprises Act

Under the No Surprises Act law, you have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate.” This law ensures that cash-pay clients know how much ​their medical and mental health care will cost. You have the right to ask your healthcare provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a ​service, and to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy ​services. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit

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Crisis resources:

Crisis houses in San Diego:

  • Turning Point Crisis Center (License 372008470)
    • Oceanside 760-439-2800
  • Esperanza Crisis Center (License 374603729)
    • Escondido (760) 975-9939
    • Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility
    • Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program
  • Halcyon Center (License 370802614)
    • El Cajon 619-579-8685
    • Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility
  • Vista Balboa Crisis Center (License 374600298)
    • Bankers Hill/Balboa Park 619-233-4399
    • Ability to accommodate clients with limited mobility
  • New Vistas Crisis Center (License 370808449)
    • Downtown San Diego 619-239-4663
  • Jary Barreto Crisis Center (License 370808536)
    • Logan Heights 619-232-4357
  • Del Sur Crisis Center (License 370808447)
    • South San Diego 619-575-4687
    • Designated Bilingual/Bicultural Program