Aisha Pope

My name is Aisha Pope, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of Roots & Wings Consulting. I work with individuals, couples, and families, and clinical associates as well as doing training on a variety of topics including parenting, leadership, social justice topics, and more. My theoretical approach is primarily Adlerian, but I use a variety of treatment modalities and am Rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and experienced with EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Adlerian and other Play Therapies, PCIT PRIDE Skills, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Couples Counseling, Positive Discipline, and more. I’m passionate about serving marginalized communities including Black and Indigenous People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals and families, foster/adoptive families, youth birth to 5 and their caregivers, and those who have trauma or behavioral health challenges. My focus is on helping individuals and families to heal their hurts, grow their connections to each other and community, reach their goals, and build their resilience.

In addition to my private practice work at Roots and Wings, I’ve worked in San Diego’s Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care for over 20 years.  I’ve provided therapeutic services and clinical supervision in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential, community/home based, and telehealth. In my role as Director of Foster Care Services at San Diego Center for Children, I oversee clinical operations at programs that touch youth in foster care and their families. I am Certified as a Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (H.O.P.E.) Trainer and Champion, a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, and I’m one of the authors of the Positive Discipline Tools for Kids Social Emotional Learning program which includes a set of tool cards and a guidebook that teach Positive Discipline self-management tools to children. I sit on the boards of the Positive Discipline Association and the California Association for Infant Mental Health (CalAIMH). I’m also a founding tri-chair of the annual Birth of Brilliance Conference which focuses on racial equity in children’s behavioral health services, medical care, juvenile justice, education, and developmental services.

Of course I love the work that I do and the families that I serve, but above all, I’m proud of and grateful for my 24/7/365 job as mother of two amazing children (one a pre-teen, and one a young adult).

Aisha has also published a book, My Brother – Autism – And Me, about the developmental delay, autism, all through the eyes of a sibling. In the book, readers meet a little boy who sometimes struggles to make sense of his brother’s unusual behavior. He understands that because of autism, his brother does some things differently, but when he sees how much attention that gets him from parents and teachers, he sometimes feels left out. Order a copy today at, or email Aisha to order a signed copy, or request a reading for your group!

Aisha Pope, LCSW, BCD
Email Aisha @ or Call 619.737.7721




Talin Yesaie

Hi! My name is Talin Yesaie and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT and I have been working in the San Diego area for the past 20 years, helping children, at risk teenagers and families meet their goals. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development which included study in biology, psychology and social studies. I completed an internship at the YMCA Oz Program, an emergency short term residential program for children 12-17. What was supposed to be a 3 month program turned into a job I had for eight years. This was the motivation to return to school to get a Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego in Marriage and Family Therapy. The teens I worked there with inspired me to pursue a career where I could help kids and caregivers communicate and heal trauma to have healthy and loving relationships.

I am the co-Founder of Roots and Wings Consulting working with people of all ages from parenting, managing depression and anxiety and coaching in Positive Discipline. I have worked in a variety of settings including Wraparound, community based counseling and schools. My specialty and passion is with in children, (0-17), young adults and families providing trauma informed and culturally responsive support to help them meet their goals. I have experience working with and specialize in blended families, adoptions and parenting. I use my personal experience and training to work with families on immigration and acculturation issues and speaks fluent English and Armenian. Talin is also employed at the San Diego Center for Children- Academy Non- Public School as the Therapy and Behavior Program Manager for children 6-22. I implement and incorporate Positive Discipline techniques both in the classroom and mental health services by supervising licensed and unlicensed clinicians, trainees and classroom support staff who provide a variety of services to students with high emotional and behavioral needs. I am responsible for training and managing the therapeutic program.

I strive to create a work environment that creates a trauma informed and cooperative culture. Through my work as a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer I have trained groups, parents and schools on how to implement Positive Discipline supports. I am available for therapy, parent coaching, speaking engagements on topics related to parenting and positive discipline, and consultations with schools and day cares to their discipline plans. I am a member in good standing with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Southern California Positive Discipline Mentor Group.

I believe that by validating cultural differences, acknowledging unique experiences and incorporating various strategies I can help people overcome barriers and find peace and happiness. My passion comes from my belief that all people, regardless of age, are at their optimum best self when they feel a sense of belonging and significance, a core value of Positive Discipline.

Email Talin @ or Call 858.472.3452