Mental and Behavioral
Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration
in San Diego County
Courtesy of Health Center Partners
Family Wellness Unit
The Family Wellness Unit is Mental and Behavioral Health Services component of La Maestra Family Clinic. La Maestra’s Family Wellness Unit (FWU) began providing services in 2004. The objective of the FWU is to provide linguistically and culturally competent mental and behavioral health services focused on community education, prevention and early intervention and treatment, and to overcome stigmas and dispel myths of mental illness. The FWU is staffed with Marriage and Family Therapists, a licensed psychologist, psychiatrists, MFT interns, and Patient Services Representatives, who are culturally representative of the targeted patient population and are fluent in Spanish, Sudanese, in addition to English. All promotional and educational materials are translated into the appropriate languages as needed.
The FWU works closely with and receives referrals from the various community agencies such as San Diego Access and Crisis Line, Child Welfare Services and the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition to name a few. Through these referral sources as well as through insurance referrals as well as in house referrals is the patient population that we most work with.
The FWU also provides psychological support for pregnant females and their families during pregnancy, including psychosocial assessment focusing on potential causes of stress that could negatively impact pregnancy, birth outcomes and postpartum behavioral health; and individual, couple and family therapy as needed
Uninsured patients are screened for eligibility to participate in programs the clinic operates through its contract with the Council of Community Clinics better known as ESBIRT (Enhanced Screening Brief Intervention Referral and Treatment) Program. Through this program individuals are able to receive brief therapy with medication evaluation and management for up to one year with the goal of improving their mental health as well as connecting them to a form of health insurance.
In the ten years that La Maestra began the Family Wellness Unit has provided internship opportunities to both current student interns of different levels of graduate work from local universities such as SDSU, Phoenix University and National University as well as post masters interns. La Maestra has chosen to support this valuable service as it we see the need to train our future clinicians in an environment that reflects todays multicultural and multilayered needs in behavioral health.
For general program questions
contact our PSR at
4060 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
English, Spanish and Sudanese. Services in other languages are provided with an interpreter.
The Family Wellness Unit provides culturally competent services including but not limited to:
The Family Wellness Unit provides La Maestra’s patients with publications from the National Institute of Mental Health in Spanish and English. These materials address clinical conditions such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Our services are provided by culturally competent licensed clinicians that have many years of experience in the field.
Linda Alarcon, MFT
John Kuek, PhD, IMFT
Cynthia Miranda, Pys. D.
Susan Swarts, MFT
Karol Koinesberger, MD
Alejandra Postlethwaithe, MD
Natalia Swaroski, MD