Dr. Townes earned a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay area. During her first four years of training, she worked primarily with families, individuals who suffered with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and persistent mental illnesses. Her Pre-Doctoral Internship was completed at Palomar Medical Center’s Behavioral Health In-patient Psychiatric, Geriatric, and Acute Rehabilitation Units. She has worked as a Geriatric Specialist in San Diego County. Currently, she works as a Psychological Assistant under Dr. Annette Conway and provides psychotherapy services for HELP Therapist.
Dr. Townes brings a wealth of life experiences as seen through her many contributions. As a veteran, she serviced actively in both the U. S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve. She also worked as a school administrator, teacher, spiritual consultant, and entrepreneur. Dr. Townes declares that her most significant contribution is a mother of six children, which she home-schooled each from birth to college. These life experiences joined with her doctoral training in clinical psychology prepared Dr. Townes to work with a myriad of cultural groups, including People of Color, Religious affiliation, LGBT, Native Indian, Immigrant, Homelessness, Geriatric, Couple, Family, Women, and Veteran. Her training also included various mental health disorders, such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mania, ADHD, domestic violence, intimate partner violence-both victim and perpetrator, PTSD and transitional life issues. Dr. Townes connects with those across various socio-economic statuses from the wealthy (i.e., professional sports figures, doctors, lawyers, fashion models, politicians, business people, etc.) to those lacking resources (i.e., jobless, homeless, alone, etc.). These experiences in practice have identified three universal human needs, to be heard, to be valued, and to be respected.
Dr. Townes practices from a strength-based empowerment model, which incorporates Cognitive, Relational, and Psychodynamic Theories. She recognizes the bio-psycho-social aspects that influence the human experience. Although evidenced-based practices are the foundation to her treatment, because each person is uniquely and wonderfully made, there is no cookie-cutter approach to facilitate your change. Together, through motivational interviewing, she will aid your exploration, collaborate with you on the best interventions, and development the best treatment plan tailored to you. Dr. Townes is also a person of faith and recognizes the protective factors associated with faith beliefs. She will assist you in incorporating your faith beliefs and faith community in the treatment plan to support and empower you for lasting change.