Tracey Chester, LMFT
"The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark." -Barbara Hall
We all get stuck at times in life. Having a person to listen and to guide you through the rough spots can be of enormous comfort. Today’s world is fractured; the digital world, while offering benefits has also served to isolate us physically from our friends and loved ones. Loneliness and depression are at all time high rates because of such factors. Those of us unlucky to suffer from any chronic condition, be it, pain, illness, PTSD or other mood disorders, need extra attention their loved ones may simply be unable to provide.
I am a mature, highly educated, personable woman with life experience, who is naturally empathetic, and I believe a sincere therapist/client relationship is the most important aspect of treatment. My areas of interest are chronic pain/illness, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and grief and loss. I also specialize in adolescent anxiety, couples counseling, PTSD, siblings of disabled children, phase of life transitions, women’s issues, and stress management.
I began my career in grief counseling, first with San Diego Hospice and then with the Elizabeth Hospice for a total of 5 years. In that setting I develop a passion for end of life issues and the strain of caregiving. I also worked with grieving family members in some high profile homicides and later ran a group for people who had lost a loved one suddenly and violently.
I am also passionate about working with patients in chronic pain and illness. Currently, an estimated 1 out of 3 adults in America experience some form of chronic pain or illness, and the damage it causes to their work, family and mood are severe. For me, it is a personal mission to help clients struggling with chronic disability to achieve a full and meaningful life, despite their health struggles, as I know firsthand what it is like to live with chronic pain and its devastating effects on all aspects of life. I help my patients navigate the health system, which often feels rigged and causes immense distress.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
Couples and Families
Sand Tray Therapy
Parents and Siblings of Disabled Children
BS in Geology and Mathematics, University of Miami, 1991
MS in Geology and Environmental Studies, Stanford University, 1994
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, California School of Professional Psychology, 201
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certificate of Completion, Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Pain (4 CEU units)
Certificate of Completion, Special Issues in Chronic Pain Treatment (5 CEU units)
Certificate of Completion, Current, Helping Patients Cope with Chronic Illness and Disability (3)
Certificate of Completion, A Critique of Psychology Tests Commonly Used with Chronic Pain Patients (4 CEU units)
EMDR Level I Trained
License and Professional Affiliations:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT, MFC#93387
Member in good standing with AAMFT and CAMFT
APA Health Psychology Chapter
American Pain Society
National Association for Pain
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
Postpartum Health Alliance
San Diego Psychology Association