I have always had a passion for people and what sustains them through all of life's challenges. It was during my first experience as a Peer Advocate in high school where I learned the power of listening to someone's life story and empowering them to find new meaning and purpose through that experience. While studying my undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, I worked in the areas of Domestic Violence and Child Welfare where I completed my 40-hour Certified Domestic Violence Training and became an advocate for homeless women and children in San Diego County.

I later completed my Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Medical Social Work and Health. During graduate school, I worked as a social worker in a gang prevention program at Oceanside High School, and later, in acute care at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. My experience at Hoag allowed me to work with critical care patients and their families and exposed me to the compassionate mission of hospice and palliative care. 

I spent the next 10 years of my career learning from my patients and their families as I worked in the role of Hospice Social Worker and Bereavement Program Manager. I was invited into the lives and homes of people suffering major illness and near death in support of helping the family navigate the fear and suffering of the "unknown". My biggest lesson was how to invite acceptance into what was not planned or wanted in one’s life. I found no matter what the pain or the loss may be, we still have great potential for growth and healing, even if we did not chose the path created.

My Specialties Include:

Grief, Loss and Trauma

Relationship Issues

Mindfulness Based and Holistic Wellness

My approach to therapy is mindfulness-based, practical, and compassion focused. I have formal training in  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction, both which provide tools to help individuals with emotional regulation and relief from common symptoms of anxiety and depression. As a clinician, I always strive to use evidenced based techniques which are effective and easy for you to learn and incorporate into your daily life. My passion for "mindful living" runs through all aspects of my life and is what drives me to remain very active in the San Diego community.

I have served on the board of the  San Diego County Coalition for Improving End of Life Care for 6 years and 2 years as Chair. I have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2008, and active member of the Encinitas Mindfulness Community, while donating my time and expertise with the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of San Diego and the Vista Library.

Having lived through tremendous loss in my own life, I use my experiences and daily practices as a reminder of why I know this work to be effective and meaningful. I am here as a resource for offering guidance toward healing and well-being in the next chapter of your life.


Lydia Lombardi GoodMSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCS 27399