Paula Kettula


Paula Kettula


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 25403
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: * I offer a 15 min FREE consultation! Please email me at so I can send you the booking link
* In-office sessions are not available (Telehealth only) but I offer "walk & talk" therapy in the Encinitas area. Please reach out to me directly if you are interested finding more about this option.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Encinitas, California 92024

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My Approach to Helping

My focus in therapy is the entire person from a mind-body-spirit-soul perspective. I believe that in order to get relief from psychological problems, we have to pay attention to the whole being that we are - It is absolutely vital to our wellbeing that we pay attention to our soul!

My approach to therapy is based on the deep belief and conviction that behind the pain and suffering we experience in our lives is a higher meaning or a purpose that needs to be discovered. It is a realization that our difficulties in life do not exists because of some meaningless or cruel cosmic joke or because “there is something wrong with me”, but for us to recognize that there is a part in us that is always whole, protected and can never be broken.

"One of the most important goals of my work is to remind my clients that we are more than we think we are; we are soul-like, spiritual beings with light within us that can never be extinguished by anyone or anything!"

The journey of therapy is about finding this lost light that has the potential to transcend pain and suffering which belong to this earthly life. Viewed this way, the symptoms of despair, sadness, anger, grief and anxieties, or the acting out behavior in children don’t exist because the person is flawed, but are the soul’s way of communicating to us about what needs to be paid attention to.

"I work with people to help them see their problems and emotional pain as something that can guide and restore rather than something that needs to be hated with one’s whole being or eradicated at all cost."

Each individual, be it adult or child, has the capacity to learn to see this. My role as a therapist is to provide a safe, nurturing, trusting, and accepting space for a person to explore their life experiences and inner terrain; to help them learn to trust and accept themselves once more and to help them cope with the multiple difficult demands of life.

My transformational coaching process is a proven systematic method that empowers you to get out of being stuck in stress, overwhelm, frustration, anger or being triggered.It provides a you a clear blueprint and guidance on how stop repeatedly doing what doesn't work, creates effective solutions and gives you an opportunity to live your life from vision and possibility versus your unconscious pre-programmed limiting beliefs that unbeknownst to you drive your life.

My Transformational coaching gives your the opportunity to:
* Become aware of what drives your behavior so that you will be able to make conscious choices and be liberated from your limiting beliefs
* Stop repeating what doesn't work, and find the solutions that create massive positive impact in your life
* The people who are successful in my coaching have adopted the mindset of "if it is to be it is up to me" and they have realized that only by courageously taking urgent action, are they able to shift from surviving life to thriving in life! If they can do it so can you!

More Info About My Practice

If you want a window (Porta) to your true (Verum) authentic self, so that you can heal from trauma, discover what has been holding you back in life, get support with your child or create exceptional relationships in your life, you have come to the right place!

Porta Verum Psychotherapy Services consists of a group of passionate and dedicated therapists who are on a mission to empower individuals and families to overcome their challenges so that they can experience fulfillment and create a life worth living rather than just try to get by and survive.

Our therapists specialize in treating children of all ages. We also work with individual adults, families and couples.

We specialize in treatment of
* Stress
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Trauma and PTSD
* GriefLoss
* Behavioral, emotional and academic challenges in children
* Developmental Delays
* Learning Disabilities
* Parenting challenges
* Marital problems
* CareerLife Transitions
* Spiritual Conflicts
* Perinatal Loss
* Infertility
* Postpartum depression
* Aging
* Cancer
* End of Life
* Coping skills
* Montessori Pedagogy
* Transformational leadership

Our amazing therapists are trained in variety of treatment modalities such as CBT, EMDR, DBT, Play Therapy, Somatic Approaches, Mindfulness, Yoga, Depth Psychology, Transformational Coaching, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Positive Parenting.

Please call our office at 619-577-5057 or email the owner Paula at so we can get you connected with the right therapist.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    * Parenting challenges
    * Family Problems
    * Marital problems
    * Coping with COVID
    * Stress
    * Anxiety
    * Depression
    * Trauma and PTSD
    * GriefLoss
    * Behavioral, emotional and academic challenges in children
    * CareerLife Transitions
    * Spiritual Conflicts

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Yoga Therapy

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