About NISD


Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) was originally founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2006 by Dr. Jan Ewing, Ph.D., LMFT, under the name ‘The Center for Therapeutic Collaboration’ and in connection with the Center for Health and Wellbeing. For over 10 years the organization has been serving the San Diego community with collaborative and transformative mental health services. As a supervisor accredited by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Jan’s team of professionals have mentored graduate counseling students and pre-licensed counselors completing their clinical training for licensure by the state of California. Since its inception, the organization has emphasized providing high-quality, culturally-competent and affordable mental health services to low-income, uninsured, underserved and marginalized populations. In 2012, the company changed its legal name to Narrative Initiatives San Diego.


NISD is an innovative counseling, training and research center. Our team of mental health professionals, students and community members provide a collaborative, comprehensive and empowering opportunity to explore life’s challenges – whether those challenges are relational, physical, psychological or cultural. Our mission encompasses the following:

  • To provide access to affordable individual, couples, family, and group therapy services to a wide range of clients.
  • To provide a training center for those interested in Narrative Therapy practices and post-structuralist thought in the work of helping professionals.
  • To create a space for research, ideas, clinical work, and professional development to be supported in ways congruent with the theoretical concepts of Narrative Therapy.
  • To contribute to the expansion of Narrative Therapy locally and globally.