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Meet our Psychotherapy Associates


Dr. Rita Romero is a licensed psychologist  (PSY14190) specializing in adult, adolescent and couples’ psychotherapy and maintains a private practice in Rancho Bernardo, CA located in San Diego County. She has also  been licensed as a marriage and family therapist and is founder/CEO of San Diego Psychotherapy Associates, a group practice dedicated to the provision of skilled, respectful, compassionate and effective psychotherapy.

With over 25 years of experience as a clinician, and licensed by the State of CA specializing in clinical psychology, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.  Among her areas of expertise are treatment of depression and anxiety, health psychology, depression ,anxiety and addictive disorders empowering individuals and couples to succeed in their transitions, teaching them effective communication abilities to utilize in both in their personal and professional relationships and the utilization of clinical hypnosis when appropriate. Dr. Romero is also Board Certified as a PTSD Clinician. 

She has worked in various outpatient and inpatient settings and has extensive training in evidenced based care for individuals and couples. Having  worked for the Department of Defense,  Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and at Naval Hospital San Diego with active duty Marines and Sailors for many years, she is especially familiar with the military culture and the challenges facing active duty service members and their dependents. She is also skilled in identifying, and effectively treating trauma and the military service member and their dependents with evidence based treatment. Dr. Romero is especially valued by her clients for her respectful, empathetic and extremely effective therapeutic skills.


Psychotherapist Jean Stringer is licensed as Marriage, Family and Child Therapist (LMFT 16655) with over 25 years in the field specializing in treatment of adults, adolescents and children dealing with anxiety, eating disorders, depression and health issues. She completed her Masters and all her coursework for her doctorate at California School of Professional Psychology. She has  provided skilled clinical service to a diverse population with a variety of presenting concerns. Trained in evidence based treatments such as EMDR, CBT;  and also works with individuals from a psychodynamic perspective when indicated. She has worked at Children’s Hospital, along with Mission Bay and El Cajon and at several Military Bases over the past 15 years in addition to being in private practice. She enjoys working with military families, teens, children as well as adults undergoing transitions assisting them in effective healthy stabilization and maximizing their capacity for psychological fitness.


Lea Zweig, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY29254) in San Diego, California. Dr. Zweig received her Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology through Alliant International University in San Diego, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Denver.

Dr. Zweig specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing life stressors, depression, anxiety, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning differences, addiction, anger, grief and bereavement, life transitions, family conflict, and personal growth. Dr. Zweig also specializes in couples counseling and family therapy. She is valued for being calm, empathic, and committed to her clients. She uses an individualized approach to therapy and creates a collaborative, nonjudgmental space for her clients. Dr. Zweig also has special expertise in administering, scoring and interpretation of psychological evaluations along with IQ and ADHD evaluations for school or testing accommodations,


Dr. Kiana Behnood is a clinical psychologist (PSY 30753) with years of experience specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Dr. Behnood earned her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego where her dissertation research focused on bullying students with special needs. Dr. Behnood has worked in a diverse range of settings across San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles County. Her experience includes working in community mental health working with all ages, a university counseling center working with young adults, a psychiatric hospital in both inpatient and outpatient facilities, and a private practice.

Some of the main issues Dr. Behnood has helped clients overcome include generalized anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, depression, Bipolar Disorder, substance abuse related concerns, and relationship conflicts between partners and families. Dr. Behnood has been completing psychological testing batteries for several years, specifically testing for special needs accommodations and IEPs, differential diagnosis, and ADHD testing.  

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Behnood is a certified TEFL teacher who has taught and lived abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and Sydney, Australia. She is trained in trauma-focused treatment and is a certified rehabilitation specialist. Dr. Behnood is very excited to use her experience to help future patients achieve their goals and reach their potential. 

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