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Meet our Team

Our Team

Dr. Kay Ostensen

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Joy Cleary, LCSW


Melissa Hurd, LEP


Sarah Wuu, LCSW



B.A. Colorado College

M.A. Antioch University

Ph.D. Pacifica Graduate Institute

About Dr. Kay Ostensen

Dr. Kay Ostensen, Ph.D. is state licensed as both a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist (LMFT) and Clinical Psychologist, and has been in private practice for over thirty-five years. Dr. Kay specializes in family systems, blended families, co-parenting strategies, and child development. Her professional background includes work as a school counselor and school psychologist for the Laguna Beach School District for over 22 years. She also has served as the Clinical Supervisor for the Friendship Shelter and Bridge Housing, which serves homeless and unhoused residents in Orange County communities


Children’s Therapy

Adolescent Therapy

Adult Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Parenting Classes

Diabetes Mental Health

Adolescent Group Therapy

Coping with Divorce


About Joy Cleary


Spanish B.A., Santa Clara Univ.

Sociology B.S., Santa Clara Univ.

MSW, University of Southern CA


Clinical Social Worker


Children’s Therapy

Adolescent/Teen Therapy

Adult Individual/Family Therapy

Blended Families

Bilingual Therapy

Teen Group Counseling

Academic or School Difficulties

Parenting Classes

Child Development

Family Violence

Families Experiencing Separation or Divorce

Joy Cleary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Southern California. Joy has two undergraduate degrees from Santa Clara University: a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an emphasis in Business and Human Services and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in International Studies. Joy is fluent in Spanish and worked as a Bilingual Therapist and Coordinator for a local non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence and their families. She has a passion for working with clients to process complex trauma histories as well as learn healthy relationship dynamics. With her Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC), Joy enjoys providing consultation and guidance on issues related to education and higher education. In addition to her work at Seaside Solutions, Joy has worked for many years in the development and implementation of school-based mental health programs in public and private schools. She is currently the Director of Wellness at Santa Margarita Catholic School


About Melissa M. Hurd


B.A. Scripps College, Claremont

M.S. Cal State Univ., Fullerton

Ph.D. U.S. International Univ.


Marriage/Family/Child Therapist

Clinical Psychologist

California State Credentials in School Counseling/Psychology


Children and Family Therapy
Adult Individual Therapy
Marital and Pre-Marital Therapy
Couples Counseling
Grief and Loss
Stage of Life Difficulties
Pediatric Consultation
Child Custody Mediation
High School/College Advisement Adoption & Infertility Counseling

Melissa M. Hurd is a Licensed Educational Psychologist with over 24 years of experience in the field of public education. Melissa's professional career includes serving the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as a School Psychologist, Coordinator of Special Education, and Coordinator of Mental Health & Outreach Services. She then transitioned to the Ocean View School District to serve as the Executive Director of Special Education prior to her move to the Solana Beach School District. During her tenure with Solana Beach, she first served as the Executive Director of Special Education before being promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Now retired from the public sector of education, Melissa draws upon her past experiences and knowledge with the goal of partnering with families and institutions seeking student-centered educational solutions, as well as personal wellness and growth. Areas of expertise include educational consultation (Section 504 Regulations & Individualized Educational Plans (IEP)), psychological assessments, LGBTQIA+ affirming services, leadership coaching and development, and individual therapy.



Sociology B.A., University of CA, Davis

MSW, California State University, Long Beach

About Sarah Wuu 

Sarah Wuu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Biola University. For more than 10 years, Sarah has been specializing in providing clinical support in the healthcare setting. Throughout this time, Sarah has focused on areas such as end of life, coping with terminal and chronic illnesses, and crisis interventions. During her time at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, Sarah took on a vital role collaborating in the establishment of the Bereavement Support Group and the Medication-Assisted Treatment program. As a clinician providing counseling in a private practice setting, Sarah enjoys providing support for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, stage of life transitions, and intergenerational trauma in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and other BIPOC communities


Adult Individual Therapy Children’s Therapy

Family Therapy

Parent/Child Bonding

Healthy Attachment

Relationship Issues

Family Conflict


Self Esteem

Family Violence



Trauma and PTSD

Grief and Loss

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