san diego therapists for adolescents

Who We Are

We are a team of clinical experts who are passionate about helping teens get back on track. Our years of experience in teen addiction treatment, mental health care, behavioral health, and neuropsychology empower members of The Forum to transform your child’s life.

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Experts and Difference-Makers

The Forum is based on The Roman Forum: an ancient historical site in the center of Rome, Italy. This was the location for important communal activities, like triumphal processions, religious ceremonies, and social events. We hope for our practice to serve the same purpose; we have built a gathering place for young people to recover.  

Our methods promote five pillars of health: emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and environmental. Led by Dr. Joanna Savarese, The Forum seeks to meet the diverse needs of San Diego adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Scroll down to get to know our team.

Joanna Savarese
Dr. Joanna Savarese, PhD

Executive Director / Founder

Amanda Patinkin

Director of Operations

Hannah Scheierman, MA

Clinical Counselor

Jessica Lenihan
Dr. Jessica Lenihan, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Ricky Metcalfe
Dr. Ricky Metcalfe, PsyD

Psychological Associate

Brenda Franz
Dr. Brenda Franz, PsyD

Psychological Associate

Dr. Stefani LaFrenierre, MD


Jordan Spektor, MBA


Lenny Segal MSW, MBA