Lizeth Ma, MS LMFT #103880
Director of Programs
Lizeth Ma, born and raised in sunny San Diego, she received her Masters Degree in Counseling, Marriage, and Family Therapy in 2010. She worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs main hospital in La Jolla for 5 years. She also served as Director of Social Services at the LifeSTEPS educational and social support program for resident of low-income housing projects. For the last seven years she was on the staff of the Kickstart Program of Providence Community Services, whoch serves clients who suffer from early warning signs of psychosis and bipolar disorder. Lizeth Ma provided treatment and early intervention for clients endorsing symptoms of psychosis and providing psychoeducation to family members and community partners. Kickstart was an early-adopter of the PIER Model Program.
Mrs. Ma’s exemplary work in Multifamily Psychoeducation Groups (MFG) at Kickstart led to an invitation to join the PTI training faculty, where she completed the train-the-trainer process and is now a member of the Senior Faculty. Lizeth Ma is the only Spanish speaking female trainer on staff. Mrs. Ma has supervised 5 sites in California that have adopted PIER Model as treatment modality. Lizeth Ma has been guest faculty at SDSU for the psychology and sociology classes for the past two years. She also has a private practice in La Jolla where she treats children and families. Mrs. Ma is CBT, TF-CBT trained and DBT certified, and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an LMFT.
Director of Resource Development
Nicole comes to us with a strong background in nonprofit management & youth development. Nicole grew up in the community of Vista and has been active in community involvement throughout her life. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Riverside and is certified in Crisis Intervention in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Her passion for working with families and children in the community is a great asset to the team as we continue to raise awareness and work together to end local homelessness.