- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline Personality disorder
- Major Depressive disorder
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Substance use
- Anxiety disorders
- Aging and Disabilities
- Grief and Loss
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Institute on Aging, San Jose, CA: Sr. Social Worker / Care Manager III
- Institute on Aging, San Jose, CA – Community Living Connections:Clinical Supervisor
- Magnolia ADHC, El Cajon, CA: Social Worker
- Vincennes University: Instructor
- Alvarado Parkway Institute: Treatment Coordinator – El Cajon and PATH IOP
- Magnolia Adult Day Health Center, El Cajon, CA
- Telecare Corporation, San Diego, CA: Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist
- Telecare Pathways to Recovery: MSW Intern
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Naval Base San Diego: Budget for Baby Instructor
- Kaiser Permanente – El Cajon, CA: Bilingual Service Representative – Team Lead
- Master of Social Work in Mental Health: University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA (May 2016)
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology:National University – San Diego, CA (September 2014)
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California (We are not in-network with Blue Shield Covered California)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Optum Behavioral Health
Vivian Wesley graduated Magna Cum Laude from National University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and minor in psychology and on the Dean’s List from University of Southern California where she received a Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health.
I am passionate about joining people in their journey to improve their quality of life by using evidence-based therapeutic interventions that reduce the frequency and intensity of mental health symptoms, which affect wellbeing and functioning in various roles. By guiding sessions to allow you to gain insight regarding contributing factors to emotional distress and structuring them to help you learn and practice effective coping skills, you will experience success in independently managing the challenges that led you to seek therapy. Some of these coping methods include cognitive behavioral skills, distress tolerance, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. I am eager to provide a safe space where you will feel comfortable in processing your thoughts and feelings and to appreciate you as a multidimensional person with unique life experiences that shaped who you are.
I am fluent in Spanish and use cultural humility to learn from you, beliefs that influence your views especially those that provide relief from distress. Because of this, I have been able to help people from age 18 to 90+ improve their mood, relationships, and functioning despite apprehension regarding mental health treatment.
I have successfully worked with individuals who have the following concerns: complex health problems, terminal diagnoses, relationship difficulties, mood instability, anger management challenges, issues related to aging and accompanying functional decline as well as caregiver stress, self-esteem and identity struggles, work and academic concerns, substance use issues, depressive and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, suicidality, and within these categories, trauma. I have experience providing individual and group therapy in various settings including outpatient treatment programs and the community.
I also have experience as a clinical supervisor, college instructor, working with military families, and facilitating trainings on various topics related to social work and mental health. My love of learning and curiosity explain why I enjoy reading research material and books related to my field and all types of Ted Talks. I also love spending time with family and friends enjoying good food with them or music and as much humor as we can generate among ourselves.