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Behavioral Health Therapists

BHCS staff members provide a safe, confidential atmosphere where, together, we can consider your current situation in the context of your personal history and life experiences. You can come to see yourself, your relationships, and the world in a different way.

Patrick J. Savaiano, PsyD : Assistant Director, Behavioral Health Counseling Services

Patrick J. Savaiano, PsyD

Assistant Director, Behavioral Health Counseling Services

Dr. Patrick Savaiano has devoted his career in mental health to working with students in higher education. Originally from Chicago, IL, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago.


In 2011, Patrick moved to California to complete his Predoctoral Internship at San José State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and his Postdoctoral Residency at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara. Most recently, he worked for the past 5 years as a staff psychologist for UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services.  He is fluent to provide services in English, in Spanish, and is committed to social justice and multicultural frameworks and interventions in the field of professional psychology. Patrick highly values preventative interventions, such as outreach services, to reduce stigma related to mental health concerns and to reach students who may not seek counseling on their own.


As the Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Counseling Services, Patrick strives to build a healthier and more connected campus community where all students feel welcomed and understood.  He brings a specialty in mindfulness and self-compassion based interventions to individual counseling with students as well as a wealth of experience in crisis intervention, peer education, student mentorship, outreach and education, and consultation with college staff and faculty.


License: PSY26216, Psychologist
Jim Coil, EdD, LMFT : Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Jim Coil, EdD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

For more than 25 years, Jim has provided counseling services in the form of individual, couples, family and group therapy to families, adults, couples, adolescents, and children in the San Diego. During this time, he was employed at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Children’s Hospital’s Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, where he created and administered two intensive outpatient treatment programs designed to address clients struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and impaired family communication. In recent years, he served as the Director of the Wellness Center and the Director of Counseling Services and Training at Point Loma Nazarene University and also teaches graduate psychology courses for the Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.


Additionally, Jim has been in private practice for over 16 years and works extensively with adolescents, young adults including millennials, professional athletes, couples, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and addictions. Jim is a frequent presenter at college campuses, conferences, seminars, churches, and community organizations on topics including managing and improving your mood, thriving beyond addictions, the art of intervention, and the therapeutic benefits of humor and the practice of gratitude and optimism.


Therapeutic Approach:

Jim utilizes a therapeutic approach that is a collaborative, client-centered and solution focused. Utilizing this approach, he works with the student in identifying the goals for therapy. This collaboration includes addressing and resolving problems in a planned and solution focused fashion as a means of restoring hope, and identifying and enlisting the strengths of the client(s) to restore functioning and and achieve healing. This process may include homework assignments to be completed between sessions. It will also include examining family systems, past and present and how these impact relationships. Further examination of systems may include work, religion, cultural, and societal systems and how these factors influence your current situation.


License: 35598, LMFT
Jean Cook, PsyD, LMFT : Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Jean Cook, PsyD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Jean joined the Behavioral Health Counseling Services staff in March 2016. A transplant from Iowa to California since 1981, she has provided counseling services to kids, teens, adults and families for the past 36 years. Jean has worked in the private and public sector including both inpatient and outpatient programs for San Diego County Mental Health services. Jean received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant University in 2008, and a bachelor's and master's degree from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.


In addition to working at Palomar College, Jean teaches in the Masters of Counseling program for National University as an adjunct instructor and has a part-time private practice.


License: 18795, LMFT
Mariana Guzman, LMFT, LAADC : Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Mariana Guzman, LMFT, LAADC

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Mariana graduated from National University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2010. She has worked in nonprofit for over 11 years serving mostly serving Medi-Cal funded programs. She currently has her own private practice in Fallbrook CA mainly working thru the public sector in outpatient programs for San Diego County Mental Health Services servicing children, adolescents, and adults.


She holds a Certification as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) *a non-governmental license thru California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professions (CCAPP). She has specialized training in trauma informed care. Her theoretical orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing as well as Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).


License: 80015, LMFT
David A Young, PhD, MPH : PhD Psychologist

David A Young, PhD, MPH

PhD Psychologist

David is a clinical psychologist and health care consultant with over 30 years of experience. As a therapist he has worked with individuals, couples, groups and families across the life-span, from school-age children to adolescents, young adults and older adults. He integrates cognitive-behavioral, systems theory, mindfulness and strengths-based approaches to facilitate clients in their healing journey.


He has worked with a broad range of clinical issues, including depression, anxiety, adjustment problems and stress-related disorders. David earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (aka Alliant International University) and holds a Master's degree in Public Health emphasizing healthcare administration from the Harvard-Chan School of Public Health. In addition to working at Palomar College, he is a consultant to state-wide organizations, health tech companies and has a private practice in Temecula.


License: PSY8965, Psychologist
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