About Us

Center Founder and Attachment Specialist

Ce Eshelman, LMFT, is an attachment specialist, author, and founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Certified TBRI PractitionerRelationships. With 33 years of experience and training in marriage and family therapy, she began specializing in attachment and trauma healing 23 years ago after adopting her two children from the foster care system.

Ce has been fortunate to receive training from master psychotherapists, including the late Virginia Satir, James Framo, Francine Shapiro, Marsha Linehan, Sue Johnson, Bruce Ecker, Pat Ogden, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Gottman, Bruce Perry, Karyn Purvis, Bessel van der Kolk, and many more.

Ce is also a stepmother, grandmother, and rescue dog mother.  She learned in the thick of raising her own children from difficult beginnings just how important it is to cultivate a loving relationship, quality friendships, work/life balance, and trauma-informed therapeutic support to make life fulfilling and joyful.

In March 2016, Ce published Drowning with My Hair on Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents. It is a compilation of supportive letters to adoptive parents designed for daily inspirational reading.

Ce’s philosophy above all else — love matters.

Office Manager and Clinician

Jen Nguyen, LMFT,  received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and her Bachelor’s in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Through her professional work and academic training, Jen has experience working with individuals of all age groups, couples, and families, providing successful crisis intervention, counseling, and supportive services. In addition, she has expertise in working with culturally diverse individuals and families, supporting them with cross-generational and acculturation issues. Recognizing the complexity of human behavior, she employs the use of a spectrum of theories to guide her to effectively identify each individual’s needs. In her work, she utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches with specialized training in attachment-based approaches, Theraplay(c), EMDR, and Neurofeedback. Understanding that each individual comes with his or her own unique set of challenges, her interventions and approaches are always tailored to the individual’s needs. When necessary, Jen provides therapy in Vietnamese.

Jen and her husband have two daughters and a son.

Attachment and Trauma-Informed Therapist

Alcira Ascencio, LMFT, is an attachment and trauma-informed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has extensive experience working with children and families and provides therapy in Spanish when requested. Alcira enjoys supporting and training interns and actively consults with new therapists as they move into working in the field. Alcira is trained in EMDR, Internal Family Systems,  and Trauma-Focused CBT, which makes her a good choice for people healing from traumatic life events.

Alcira provides therapy from The Attach Place San Diego and enjoys working with parents and children to strengthen their connections and create healthy, engaged families.


Youth Special Services Coordinator and
NF Technician

Andrea Kersten, MA,  graduated from the University of California at Davis with a double major in Science & Technology Studies and Psychology. She obtained two A.S. degrees in Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences from Sacramento City College before completing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at UCSF.
Andrea is passionate about working with children, having worked for over ten years as an independent child care provider, camp counselor, and theatre teacher, both locally and abroad in Okinawa, Japan. 
Andrea coaches children and teens and facilitates all special programs for youth at The Attach Place.  Currently, she facilitates all of our social skills groups for children from difficult beginnings and our Tween Strictly Social monthly support group for youth diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.