CrownTown Counseling | Agents of Change

Agent: noun.  An active or efficient cause that is capable of producing an effect.

Change: verb. To become different; to make someone or something different; to become something else.   

Evolve: verb. To change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or advanced state.        

Through an effective, supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach, CrownTown Counseling offers experience, guidance, and knowledge for individuals seeking positive and healthy transformations within themselves and their relationships.

CrownTown Psychotherapists

Cory stege, M.S., lmft, CA#49037

Cory Stege, LMFT / Founder

Cory focuses on establishing a collaborative relationship with her clients in order to promote progress towards goals that have been identified collectively. Through a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental approach, Cory helps her clients gain insight and understanding into their experiences as well as assists clients in developing and implementing healthy and effective coping skills.

Cory offers compassionate and empathic support and guidance as well as implements gentle, direct, and respectful challenges so that her clients feel safe and comfortable with acknowledging and exploring what is working as well as thoughts and behaviors that are contributing to life’s struggles and dissatisfaction. Cory’s approach embodies the significance of the relationship between physical, psychological/emotional, and social aspects of living and assists her clients with establishing and maintaining a balanced wellbeing.

About cory

Cory has been practicing in the field since 2006 and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 2010.  Cory obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Syracuse University in 2005 and her Master of Science of Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in 2008.  Cory has been a member of CAMFT since 2008 and serves as an alumni mentor for The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  Cory is also an active member of the Coronado Junior Women’s Club.

Cory has been working in private practice since 2016 and has previously worked at The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, in a hospital setting at Alvarado Parkway Institute in San Diego, as well as spent 5 years working with active duty military service members, reservists, and their dependents on Naval Base Coronado.  

In these clinical settings, Cory provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy and has worked extensively with mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, substance abuse, LGBT, eating disorders, relational and family of origin issues, grief, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, and dual diagnoses. 

Cory provided me with a comfortable and supportive environment so that I could really evaluate myself and my relationships. She helped me identify realistic changes I could achieve and assisted me with meeting my goals.
— Individual client who sought therapy for depression


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Gottman’s Couple’s Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy


Stephanie Haygood, PhD, LMFT CA#93467

Dr. Haygood believes that people enter therapy when they become stuck. Their way of dealing with problems no longer works for them or is creating more obstacles than it is resolving. People don’t like to change.  Change thrusts them into the unknown and gets them out of their normal comfort zone.  Dr. Haygood believes her most important responsibility is to create a safe place where a client can acknowledge and explore their concerns. This allows clients to take risks and make new choices. 

Everyone has different experiences in their families of origin, has made different choices throughout their life, and has different beliefs about what a ‘happy life’ looks like.  Dr. Haygood works with clients to help them identify the issues they want to address and supports them in devising solutions that best suit their needs and current situation. As a therapist guided by Virgina Satir’s theories’, Dr. Haygood helps clients feel empowered within their context in order to make changes that encourage their equality in relationships.

This work starts with self-esteem building.  As their self- esteem increases so too does their sense of empowerment. Once they are able to see their own worth they can act in a way that’s consistent with their empowered view of self and this will lead to changes in the larger system. The pace and progression of therapy will look different for each client. No client’s successful outcome will look the same as anyone else’s outcome.  Goals for therapy might be engaging in better self-care, changing negative interaction patterns, or becoming comfortable with emotional expression. 

There is no endpoint in life where an individual will be challenge free. We as people are always evolving and progressing and Dr. Haygood sees it as her honor to help clients cultivate the tools necessary for them to thrive during their journey.

about dr. haygood

Dr. Haygood is currently licensed as an LMFT in California and Washington State.  Dr. Haygood graduated with a Bachelors Degree from UCLA with highest honors in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology.  She received her Masters Degree and PhD from Texas Tech University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Haygood currently works with the military population through the Department of Defense and specializes in issues associated with sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.