I’m Rebecca Ching, and I help people heal their relationship with their body, food and their story.
I am expert on disordered eating, trauma+EMDR, identity, Brené Brown’s shame resilience theory, internal family systems and family relationship issues.
I am NOT a guru.
Yes, I have a lot of training, experience, certifications, etc. but I do not know more about you than… YOU. I help you find the power to heal. I do not give it to you. Our expertise combined will help you achieve your goals.
I promote empowerment.
People need power to move forward, not false praise. Empowerment heals. False praise is like a sugar high. You eventually crash.
I am a connector; not a shamer or a blamer. I do not believe shaming people towards true health is productive or possible. Lasting change just does not happen that way.
Blaming and making excuses does not get you unstuck, either. If you want to respond differently and move through the bitterness, fear, anger and hurt, count me in. I can help.
I believe your story deserves to be heard and validated, no matter how wackadoo you think you or your experiences are. (I have a feeling you are not that wackadoo, just a bit stuck.)
I believe in boundaries both personally and professionally.
My clients deserve the best and I often err on the conservative side of the law and ethics of my profession, not out of fear, but out of the desire to never, ever, do harm.
I am passionate about my faith and helping those who desire healing in their relationship with God, themselves and others. I work very hard to create a safe space for all of my clients, regardless of where they are at in their faith journey or their belief system.
I am a sucker for some things of this world: Neutral colored clothing inspired from my days living in NYC and Europe and I play around with the capsule wardrobe loosely, very loosely. I love wandering in antique stores and re-purposing things with a story for Potentia and my home- which is a never-ending project. I am genuinely obsessed with lavender and believe in its medicinal powers. I have it in varied forms wherever I dwell.
I am provocative but not for the sake of entertainment or shock value, but with the goal to shake up the status quo and challenge the homeostasis that is entrenched in your life.
Sometimes, it takes all the energy you have just show up. And on those days, that will be your victory.
Bottom line: You are enough. You are worthy. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Amen.
And for those who care about this stuff:
Experience: Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as an Aide to a United States Senator in Washington, DC and as an Account Executive for an Issue Advocacy Advertising Firm in New York City. I also worked for Young Life’s International Division as an Area Director in Zürich, Switzerland, and then as their International Staff Coordinator. I established Potentia to merge all of my passions while providing resources and outpatient services to those in need of specialized support.
I am a writer and regularly speak at schools, churches, businesses and organizations on topics related to food+body issues, culture & media, trauma, identity, relationships, perfection and shame resilience. I am a founding board member and Past-President of the San Diego chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). I am an adjunct professor and have taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego for their Marital and Family Therapy department, Azusa Pacific University’s San Diego Regional Center for their Marriage and Family Therapy program and Point Loma Nazarene University in the Psychology Department. I am also a regular contributor to Darling Magazine.
I utilize my previous professional experiences and stay connected to local, state and federal advocacy groups to help improve the quality of care for those suffering from eating disorders and related issues.
Training & Certifications: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California MFC#44584. I have extensive training in family systems therapy, motivational interviewing, structural, collaborative, solution-oriented and strategic therapy along with experiential therapies such as psychodrama and sensorimotor psychotherapy. I am a Certified EMDR Therapist+Consultant in Training. a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant (CDWF-C) (based on the research of Brené Brown), Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) +iaedp™ Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Supervisor in-training and a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist.
Memberships and Affiliations: I am an active member of CAMFT, IAEDP. EMDRIA, NEDA. I am also affiliated with edreferral.com, gurze.com, wonderfullymade.org, findingbalance.com.
On a personal note:
I grew up in the Midwest and am still very loyal to my Minnesotan roots, including their sports teams (which can be a stressful endeavor). I miss the snow and seasons but I love all that San Diego has to offer outdoors year-round. When I am not working and dreaming at Potentia, you can find me with my sweet husband, Gavin, chasing after our two kids, playing at the beach, exploring local farmers markets, cooking & baking, taking pictures or working out with my beloved boot camp buddies.