1855 1st Avenue, Suite 201B, San Diego, CA 92101


Psychotherapy in San Diego For Children, Youth, Adults and Families


What We Do


  • Individual therapy for children, adults and families
  • Online therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Supervision and  consultation
  • Educational Assessments and Recommendations
  • Yoga


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Grief/Loss
  • Behavioral, emotional and academic challenges in children
  • Developmental Delays
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting


  • EMDR Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Jungian Sand Tray Therapy
  • Yoga and Mindfullness
  • Stress Management
  • Coping skills
  • Montessori Pedagogy

Who We Are

Paula Kettula, LCSW


Paula  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the field of mental health for over 18 years. She has ran and operated her private practice since 2009. Paula holds a Master's Degree in Social Work  from SDSU. She also has a diploma in Montessori Teaching method from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). In addition, Paula has a Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT-200) and is a trained EMDR, Sandplay and Play Therapist. 

Veronica Campbell, LMFT, LPCC


Veronica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She holds a Master’s Degree from Chapman University in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in the social service field since 2004. 

Psychotherapy Services


EMDR Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful scientifically researched method of psychotherapy for the treatment of many distressing circumstances such as PTSD, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and complicated grief. It has helped millions of people get relief from psychological suffering. 

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Play Therapy

Play is fun, creative, and enjoyable for all of us but it is vital for the healthy physical, social, academic and psychological development of children.  

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Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay is a form of depth therapy based on C.G. Jung’s analytical psychology. It was developed by Dora Kallf during World War II, and emerged from the psyches of children rather than from books and research.

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Yoga is an ancient practice with the intention to calm the mind so one can focus on the present moment which is truly the only moment where reality exists. It is in the experience of the here-and-now that we can connect with the life force itself and be blessed by the abundance of vitality and love regardless of our present circumstances. 

Yoga means to "yoke" or to join things together. It is an integrative practice that not only includes moving the body in certain ways to create beautiful shapes called Asanas, but to also bring about serenity of the mind and stay attuned to "The Glory of the Self" (Bhagavad Gita) which is the part in us the transcends ego-boundaries and connects us to the Infinite.   

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Educational Services


Social, Emotional, and Empathy Development for Success

SEEDS is a new and innovative educational support program that intends to help toddler and primary age students who are having developmental, emotional, behavioral, social or other difficulties in adjusting to a Montessori or other pre-school environment.  Sometimes these challenges children face, impede their optimal development and come in the way of learning and social adaptation. The goals of the program are to help children achieve their full potential socially, physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. 

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Fees and Insurances


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Contact Us

We are located inside the NEST Co-Work. It is a fun and lively place with comfortable spaces to unwind or get some work done while you wait for your session. Amenities include  relaxing outdoor patio, free WiFi, drip coffee, tea and water. The GRIND Coffee Shop is a fully functioning cafe where you can order specialty coffee like espresso, healthy smoothies or get a tasty snack or a sandwich. We have an elevator and wheel chair access. Parking is on the street. 

Porta Verum Psychotherapy Services

1855 1st Avenue, San Diego, California 92101, United States

619-577-5057 Cell 619-324-1023 Fax portaverum@gmail.com