Dr. Cowdery serves as a board member for the AAMFT-CA division as their Associate Representative and she is also a leader for the Bay area Networking district.

Her professional focus is on death, dying, and bereavement, and especially narrative approaches to grief in her practice. She also studies older adults, motherhood, and couples and gender equality.

Publications Include the following:

Cowdery, R. S., Scarborough, N., Lewis, M., S., Knudson-Martin, C., & Mahoney, A. (2009). Gendered Power in Cultural Contexts: Part II. African American Couples. Family Process. Unknown.

Cowdery, R. S., Knudson-Martin, C., & Mahoney, A. (in press) (2008?). Motherhood: Innate talent or conscious collaboration. Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships. New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Cowdery, R. S., Scarborough, N., Lewis, M., S., & Seshadri, G. (in press). (2008?). Pulling together: African American couples confront social inequalities. In C. Knudson-Martin & A. Mahoney (Eds.), Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships. (Unknown). New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Cowdery, R. S (2006). Remembering and Loss. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. California Division News. (Volume 14(3), 6-7).

Cowdery, R. S., & Knudson-Martin, C. (2005). The construction of motherhood: Tasks, relational, connection and gender equality. Family Relations. (54, 335-345).

Cowdery, R. S (2005). A discourse analysis: Narrative practice and grief among elder women. Dissertation Abstracts International. Unknown. (Unknown). Unknown.

9815 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92131, USA

Dr. Gretchen Pound, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with adults, children and teens in San Diego, California. Her overall focus is integrating mind and body as one by combining psychotherapy and Ayurveda nutrition (eat with your blood type). She specializes in Pet Therapy, Sand Tray, Autism, Depression and ADHD. 

8765 Aero Drive, Suite #221, San Diego, CA 92131, USA
I have post-graduate training in play therapy, gestalt play therapy, gestalt therapy, expressive arts, and techniques for working with how the body holds in emotions and stress such as somatic experiencing, trauma releasing exercises, relaxation skills, and yoga therapy with children and adolescents.

My clinical experience has specialized in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Social Work at San Diego State University. I interned for a year at UCSD Gifford/Outpatient Clinic working with adults who were dually diagnosed and a year at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry offering outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and their families. I then worked at The San Diego Center for Children in a residential treatment program for six years as a therapist for emotionally disturbed children, young adolescents, and their families. These children and their families often had experienced sexual, verbal, and/or physical abuse and/or severe neglect and abandonment.
In these settings I gained experience doing individual, group, and family therapy, working with parents on parenting difficulties, helping parents navigate the school systems to get their children’s needs met with teachers or through IEP meetings, and connecting families with other needed community resources.

5858 Mt. Alifan Drive, Suite 102, San Diego, CA 92111 USA

Leslie LB Cruz is a mother of four who happens to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has spent over fifteen years guiding children of all ages in various settings including schools, mental health/ behaviorally guided classrooms, in homes, workshops, and community systems. Supporting parents and mental health personnel to illuminate children’s greatest potential has been her passion.

Her experience discovering ways for parents to handle an array of mild to severe unsafe behaviors has empowered parents to create family environments they desire. The author believes that people hold the power within themselves to get whatever they want in life. She was inspired to write this book to guide a greater number of parents towards unlocking the Great Parent within themselves.

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