St. Paul’s PACE is proud to offer a robust Behavioral Health Program for seniors in San Diego experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, pain or other symptoms. From talk therapy to customized support groups, we have programs to address specific challenges and help our participants become strong and joyous.

Why Behavioral Health?

As seniors age and their bodies begin to change, they often experience new challenges that can impact daily living. These physical and cognitive changes in older adults can be accompanied by depression, anxiety and grief. That is why St. Paul’s PACE in San Diego doesn’t just address physical health, but our interdisciplinary team takes a look at the whole person, including mental health.

Do I Qualify?

How it Works

When a new participants is enrolled in St. Paul’s PACE, our clinical team assesses the individual’s needs to see if they could benefit from therapy or other behavioral health services. They are then paired with a mental health clinician who will meet with them in-person at our Wellness Center or remotely via tele-health, when appropriate. The clinician will work with the participant and interdisciplinary team to determine what type of counseling or services are best for their wellness journey.

Our Behavioral Health Program Features:

  • Licensed Clinical Therapists
  • One-on-one Counseling
  • A Centralized Wellness Center
  • A Full Spectrum of Care Partners
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Life Skills Support
  • Grief and Loss Support
  • Pain Management/Recovery
  • Self-Esteem Support

See if You Qualify for PACE

Talk to an Enrollment Specialist to see if St. Paul’s PACE is right for you. Call 1-833-PACE NOW and ask about how to qualify for PACE, or you can fill out a free evaluation form online.

CLICK HERE FOR FREE EVALUATION

St. Paul’s PACE Wellness Center: Now Open!

In the spring of 2022, St. Paul’s PACE opened the doors to its first Wellness Center, a centralized space dedicated to serving the mental health and wellness needs of PACE seniors throughout San Diego County.

At the Wellness Center in Bankers Hill, PACE participants can come from anywhere in San Diego to visit with their clinician face-to-face to experience the benefits of in-person counseling. However, telehealth appointments are still available for those who prefer to stay in the comfort of their home, when appropriate.

The vision for the St. Paul’s Wellness Center is to foster independence and enable seniors to stay living safe at home by offering a full range of services including counseling, educational events, group classes and even support groups for care partners.

“Our vision is to bring a diverse team of staff on board, connect closely with services in the San Diego community, and provide education and training to all of our PACE team. We are excited to open our Wellness Center as a vital step in fulfilling our mission!​”

-Carol Hubbard, St. Paul’s PACE CEO

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Our Pillars of Wellness

Senior mental health is not just about clinical care. At St. Paul’s PACE, our San Diego-based behavioral health program addresses the whole person. We have developed six “Pillars of Wellness,” which include:

  • Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Physical

Mission

The mission of the St. Paul’s PACE Wellness Center is to provide high quality mental health, wellness, and health promotion services. Within the framework guided by St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services values, we care for the whole person by partnering with participants and community members to promote well-being, healthy lifestyle choices, skills and experiences that empower them to achieve individually tailored health and wellness goals.

Vision

St. Paul’s PACE Wellness Center is every Participant’s preferred choice for behavioral health, wellness, and health education services. The Wellness Center leads the way in fulfilling St. Paul’s PACE commitment to provide a network of services that fosters independence, preserves individual dignity, and enables seniors to remain at home, involved with their family, friends and community.

Your Wellness Team

Brian Mullin, LCSW, CCTP

Behavioral Health Manager

Brian earned his Master of Social Work from San Diego State University and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Social Work Minor from San Diego State University. He is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Brian has had extensive training and experience with trauma-informed care and interventions while at the VA Aspire Center in San Diego and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Brian can treat a wide variety of issues. His specialties include trauma, LGBTQI, anxiety, depression and stress-management. Brian has worked in several agencies providing individual, family and group therapy to adolescents, teens and adults. Throughout his career, he has gained the most experience on issues relating to trauma, mood disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression) and family separations. Additionally, he has worked with older adults and individuals experiencing life transitions, overwhelming workplace stress and relationship issues.

Maribel Lopez, LCSW

Behavioral Health Licensed Therapist

Maribel Lopez was raised in South San Diego, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social Work with a Minor in Child & Family Development from San Diego State
University. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she worked in the Foster Care/Group Home system with at-risk children. She earned her Master of Social Work from San Diego State University in 2006 and in 2018 received her LCSW license.

Maribel has had extensive training and experience working in medical and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings as well as outpatient behavioral health programs. This experience has allowed Maribel to enhance her skills in providing individual, family and group therapy of all ages (adolescents, children and adults). Maribel has also had specialized training in LPS regulations including conducting RIESE and certification hearings. Maribel is registered with San Diego 211 Disaster Response Team and she has completed trainings for Critical Incident and Stress Management, Grief Following Trauma Pastoral Crisis Intervention, and Historical Trauma in Context Cultural Competence.

Join Our Team: Behavioral Health Jobs in San Diego

Our San Diego Behavioral Health clinic is hiring! We are actively looking for new clinicians and providers to join our team at St. Paul’s PACE. Reach out to us at (619)677-3800 or check out our careers page at Our Careers to apply.

Call (619) 677-3800 to learn more about Behavioral Health Services at St. Paul’s PACE.

Last updated on June 16th, 2022 at 4:10 pm - St. Paul’s PACE website H5629 2102 - Approved on 3/23/2021

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