Charla Afoa, Therapist in San Diego, California — Zencare
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Charla Afoa

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Doctor of Education, Ed.D Certified Hypnotherapist, CHT Advanced Reiki Practitioner
California Accepting Online
Hillcrest Not Accepting In-person
Updated June 16, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Assertiveness
  • Childhood trauma
  • Clinical supervision
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Dr. Charla Afoa, LMFT, CHt, is located in San Diego, California working with adult clients that are willing to explore beyond what traditional therapy techniques have to offer. Some common symptoms clients seeking healing in are in the areas of trauma, life transitions, career challenges, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, and much more.

Dr. Afoa utilizes her training to support clients in understanding the cause of their current distress and then applying tools, at their comfort level, to target these issues and transform the clients relationship to their distress. The intended result is to find relief, resolve, and possible solutions to change their experience for the better.

Dr. Afoa is nurturing in her approach while ensuring that clients feel challenged to explore the more challenging dynamics of their experience in a safe and supportive way. When the client first meets with her, understanding what the client wans to work on is the most important first step to guide future treatment efforts. Dr. Afoa assesses in depth what the client wants and aims to always create a safe, non-judgmental space to explore anything that may be causing the client discomfort.

Dr. Afoa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and certificates in Hypnosis and Reiki Healing while working toward certification in EMDR "Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocess". She has had extensive experience working with various populations in hospital settings, school systems, and private practice which enables her to understand a wide range of symptoms and ways of facilitating healing. When not in private practice, Dr. Afoa enjoys being at the beach, reading on material concerning spirituality, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Message to clients

I strive to create a space for you as my client where you feel like you can simply let it all go for an hour. I want you to have an experience where whatever you want to talk about is honored and that you look forward to our sessions even if the stuff that comes up is a little difficult to discuss at times. Similar to other forms of healing such as getting a massage, getting to the difficult spots may be a little uncomfortable but you often feel much better after enduring the experience and having set an intention that the service is ultimately to support you. I want my clients to come to my sessions with an open mind and heart while knowing that their vulnerabilities will be held with the utmost respect and care. Therapy isn't always easy but setting the intention that this is a time for you and only you will support an overall positive experience that is hopefully not only healing but life transforming. Welcome to my practice!


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Assertiveness - Empowering oneself to prioritize one’s needs above others, especially when it comes to mental health; practicing how to set and maintain boundaries; exploring why it can be difficult to stand up for oneself in certain situations

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Charla Afoa is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Clinical Supervision: $100 (60min)


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:30am-10:30am
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 3pm-7pm
  • Sat 11am-4pm
  • Sun Closed

Hillcrest practice
3636 5th Ave, San Diego, California 92103
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 2pm-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Cajon Valley Union School District, Clinical Director, 2019 - 2021

Argosy University, Educational Doctorate in Counseling, 2014


California: 86259