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“Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder 
with Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT
July 12, 2020
9:00 am - 11:15 am
Online Via Zoom

Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as an Attachment Focused EMDR Certified therapist in private practice in Pasadena, CA. She is trained in Brainspotting, The Havening Techniques, TF-CBT, and is certified in the Trauma Resiliency Module. She has provided outpatient individual and group therapy throughout the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas to teens and adults on a variety of issues, ranging from trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, codependency issues, etc. Cristina's private practice focuses on working with trauma survivors, predominately sexual abuse survivors and dissociative disorders. Cristina runs several groups for sexual abuse survivors as well, for both men and women. 1.5 CEUs

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Natalie Jambazian—President's Message
Amid the chaos we have been witnessing and the violence we are experiencing in this world, it has definitely been an overwhelming time. As I write this message on June 1st, 2020, I am overfilled with sadness. I hope we can continue to remain united and bring some humanity into the world. As therapists, we have the potential to provide a safe space to discuss important topics . . . Read Natalie’s full message

Ariel Cohen—CAMFT Facebook Page Legislative Updates
BIG NEWS about VIDEO- SUPERVISION from the BBS: Registered Associates working in Non-Exempt settings are now able to receive videoconferencing supervision! On May 6, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs issued a waiver . . . Read Ariel’s full update

Steven Unruh—June Membership Meeting Write-Up
Pasadena Divorce Options presented to our chapter on June 7, 2020. It was a well organized and highly informative seminar. The team that presented gave us a greater understanding of their scope of expertise when resolving a divorce through a collaborative . . . Read Steven’s full write-up

Katie (Wren) Busse—Returning to the Office and Face-to-Face Sessions
As mental health professionals have been considered essential workers, our private practices and treatment centers were exempt from closure as part of the “stay-at-home” order issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many of us still made the decision to close our physical business doors . . . Read Katie’s full write-up

Board Minutes—May 2020
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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy: Pain and Glory
PAIN AND GLORY is an amazing semi-autobiographical film made by famed Spanish filmmaker and director, Pedro Almodovar (“Salvador” in the movie, played by Antonio Banderas). It’s about one man’s search for meaning which takes him on a meandering journey across the oceans of his life, career, and relationships. As an actor, Banderas brings it all . . . Read Charlyne’s full review

Sue Cristol, LMFT—Back to Normal?
It is difficult to know where to begin right now. We are in a precarious place. A worldwide pandemic persists despite some of us behaving as if things are “back to normal.” Unable to see our clients face to face, we are figuring out other ways of remaining . . . Read Sue’s full article

John Porterfield, LMFT—Into the Dark Woods: Jung’s Path of Individuation
Individuation is the possibility by which the individual can attain the full development and completion of our incomparable uniqueness. The possibility of self-realization is built on the foundation we have laid in the first half of life. Our society devotes much preparation of its youth for the first half of life in terms of education, training, and the clearly expressed expectations that success is to create . . . Read John’s full article

Margot Parker, LMFT—Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)
Self-control is usually seen as a good thing, however excessive self-control, also known as over control (OC) is not and can cause difficulties for people. It can inhibit our ability to connect with others leading to painful emotional loneliness and social isolation. It can result in rigid responses and emotional inhibition thought to underlie . . . Read Margot’s full article

Carole Field, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
During this time when we are sheltering in place due to the coronavirus, I had the pleasure of getting to know Carole Field, LMFT, by phone. Her engaging personality comes across through her voice. Carole expressed concern for people feeling alone and anxious during this time of isolation. “I think in this crisis, psychotherapists are angels,” she said. Carole has a passion to help ... Read Carole’s full profile

Mishka Clavijo Kimball, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mishka Clavijo Kimball is a dynamic, energetic, ambitious, and nurturing Latinx woman whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. To sum up this article at the start: I found Mishka to be an inspiration. “I am a Latinx therapist. Before, the terms used to be Latino and Latina and now its gender neutral,” Mishka explained. She believes using Latinx is a more appropriate term as “it creates a comfort and allows for more inclusivity ... Read Mishka’s full profile

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