Karina  Vesco
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Karina Vesco


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Normal Heights Accepting In-person
Updated March 21, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • College & graduate student mental health

Professional statement

Karina works with individuals utilizing varying evidence-based practices including EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She frequently uses EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help her clients adaptively resolve painful and traumatic life events and to address long-held beliefs about themselves that are no longer useful and keep them stuck in unhealthy patterns and relationships.

Karina has a background in the biological sciences as well as working in cognitive behavioral therapy intervention research and enjoys staying current on brain science and mental health research. Many of her clients find relief through understanding of how the brain, biological processes, and their unique personal history and experiences influence their interactions with the world and people around them. This greater understanding enables personalized therapeutic treatment to target areas of potential change in the mind, body, and environment.

Karina has offices in the Normal Heights and Bankers Hill neighborhoods of San Diego. At this time she is only offering teletherapy through a user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant video platform.

Message to clients

Therapy is a great first step if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging time or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life. I have 11+ years of experience working with individuals. My therapeutic approach is relatively direct, practical, and interactive. With warmth, compassion, and a safe environment, we will work together identifying issues, gaining insights into unhealthy patterns, setting goals, and making the changes you desire for a more fulfilling life.

I see my clients as connected to a bigger picture beyond the symptoms and concerns that bring them to therapy, and I help clients explore what will be most healing based on their own intersecting identities, values, and experiences. I recognize that therapy has differences in power and privilege built in, and I do my very best to make our work together as collaborative and client-led as possible.


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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • MHN/Health Net
  • Medicare
  • Stanford University Student Health Insurance (MHN)
  • Tricare

Karina Vesco is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Magellan Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $120
  • Initial session: $120 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Normal Heights practice
2916 Adams Avenue, San Diego, California 92116
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Tue 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Thu 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Tue 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Thu 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Karina Vesco, LCSW, Psychotherapist, 2018 - Present
UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services, Clinical Social Worker (part-time), 2018 - Present
Suicide CPR Initiative, Bethesda, MD , Clinical Supervisor and Study Clinician, 2017 - 2018
UC San Diego Medical Center, Clinical Social Worker, 2011 - 2016

Center for Creative Mindfulness, EMDR Therapist, 2019
American Academy of Grief Counseling , Grief Counselor, 2018
San Diego State University , Master of Social Work, 2011
San Francisco State University , Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology , 1997


California: 66439