Dear NISD Supporter,

It takes a lot of community support to keep our 501c3 non-profit operational. As you consider the charities that you support, we respectfully invite you to consider giving  tax-deductible donation to further our work. Your charitable donation will be used to ensure that we can continue to offer low-cost mental health services to those in need and train multiculturally-competent therapists to support healthy lives and communities.

You can make a donation on our Facebook page, via Venmo ( or mail a check payable to NISD. 

We are excited about some new developments this year at NISD, and want to share a few highlights:

We are proud to say that in 2017 NISD has served over 250 low-fee clients, providing over 2,800 counseling sessions. Many of our clients do not have access to insurance or Medi-cal coverage, or cannot pay the high fees associated with mental health services. Our counselor training center has expanded to a team of 14 pre-licensed marriage & family therapists (MFTs), including 4 new trainees and 10 interns. Our center is supported by licensed therapists who donate their time to mentor our trainees and interns, as well as five new supervision candidates training to be AAMFT Approved Supervisors. This year our supervision team supported us in offering individual and group supervision totaling over 100 donated hours.

Additionally, NISD continues to build and sustain collaborative partnerships with various community organizations including License to Freedom – which serves domestic violence victims of Middle Eastern descent; Survivors of Torture – which serves immigrant refugees of war and violence; as well as a new relationship with the Western Service Workers Association – which works to alleviate poverty among Logan Heights service workers.

Looking ahead to March 2018, we are in the midst of planning an international Narrative Gathering designed to reflect on the Legacy of Michael White and the decade of developments since he passed away here in San Diego. Our themes for the Gathering will focus on local and global developments. NISD will be featured as one model for local community work. In addition, this Gathering will bring together mental health professionals internationally to share global developments. Registration for the Narrative Gathering opens on December 18, 2017, and we hope you will join us!


Kind regards and best wishes for the holidays,

Dr. Jan Ewing, Ph.D., LMFT – Founder & Co-Director
Mona Klausing, LMFT – Co-Director
Sayaka Adachi – Finance Committee 
Rebecca Koo – Finance Committee