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July 2022 Membership Meeting
“Using the Body to Regulate Emotion: Perspectives from DBT”  
with Suzette Bray, LMFT
Sunday, July 10, 2022
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Online Via Zoom

Suzette Bray, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder and Executive Director of Village Counseling and Wellness. She has completed extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) from leading experts in the field. Suzette has also trained and supervised many clinicians, including her staff, and has significant teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With over 20 years of clinical experience, Suzette has led several innovative mental health programs for adults, teens, children and families, giving her unique insight into strategies and solutions for positive change through evidence-based treatments. In addition to running Village Counseling and Wellness, Suzette is also a well-known speaker in the field, often presenting on the topics of parenting, mental health issues of children, adolescents and adults, Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT.

1.5 CEUs

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Nikki Gabriel—President's Message
Summer has arrived, and with it the realization that my term as president for the chapter has only six months more to go! It has been a terrific year so far, but not without its challenges. As a second time-chapter president and new mom, I have had to learn how to be more flexible, delegate, accept help, and acknowledge limitations in myself and others. I am proud of how things have gone so far. Is everything at its best . . . Read Nikki’s full message

Shawn LaRé Brinkley—June Membership Meeting Write-Up
As therapists, one would think boundaries would be a topic we all have "in the bag." However, our June speaker provided rich practical insights that offered an opportunity for those in attendance to do an overhaul to make sure we were taking the proper precautions to maintain, or in some cases, adopt appropriate boundaries. Latasha Matthews, LPC, CPCS, of Illumination Counseling and Coaching in Lawrenceville, Georgia, approached boundaries from a fresh, informative, and thought-provoking angle. In addition to her work as a clinician, Latasha, also known as America’s Wellness Expert . . . Read Shawn LaRé’s full write-up

Ariel Cohen—CAMFT Facebook Page Legislative Updates
May is Mental Health Awareness month and it was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring May 1-7, 2022, as “Children's Mental Health Awareness Week” in the State of California . . . Read Ariel’s full update

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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy: Rescued by Ruby
From caring comes courage.The best stories come to us from real life. Rescued by Ruby (2022) is one such story, the heartwarming tale of two underdogs, a Rhode Island state trooper, and a hyperactive shelter puppy, who meet up and transform each other. Both have an unfulfilled dream. The state trooper, Daniel (Dan) O’Neil (played by Grant Gustin), has always wanted to join the elite K-9 Search & Rescue team, but has been rejected five times. He has only one last chance . . . Read Charlyne’s full review

Lynne Azpeitia—Local Networking —The Best Way to Grow and Fill a Practice
Private practice success is on therapist’s minds—and wish lists—wherever I am these days. Associates want to work in a good paying supervised private practice. Students and trainees want to know what they can do now so they’re in the best position for private practice when the time comes. Licensed therapists want affordable offices, many clients, and enough income to pay their business expenses, have a vacation, and to support . . . Read Lynne’s full column

Judith Fraser—One of the Worst Days of My Life
I loved and still love learning new things. I must have come into the world with my arms wide open and my heart ready for the next adventure. It was always hard for me to sit still—my thoughts were usually focused on “what’s next.” And, I had to do it my way. My acting career had slowed down when I got married and had kids. When they grew up and didn’t need me as much I decided to find a new challenge. In 1978, I enrolled at Cal State Northridge to get a Masters in Psychology. At forty, I didn’t quite trust . . . Read Judith’s full column

Steven Unruh—Surviving a Narcissistic Marriage
Living day after day with someone who has a narcissistic personality disorder creates an environment, in which you find yourself constantly overwhelmed and confused. Eventually you begin to distrust yourself, questioning your own reality, wondering if in fact you are the problem, the narcissist. A narcissist has a way of presenting their distorted reality to others in such a convincing manner, that one begins . . . Read Steven’s full column

Anita Wallace—Covid and Traumatic Grief
As I write this, more than one million Americans have died from Covid. That number is staggering. Staggering and hard to comprehend. Like many Americans, my clients have also been affected. Sixteen percent of my clients have lost a family member to Covid. We hear the number of one million, but we can’t process it. And we can’t process it because it is by its very nature traumatic. Just as my clients who have lost a loved one to Covid struggle to grieve because their loss . . . Read Anita’s full column

Sachiko Cmiral, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Although we weren’t able to meet her in person, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sachiko Cmiral, AMFT, by asking her a series of questions and receiving insightful information from her via email. I met her a year ago during one of our hiking groups and most recently spoke to her at our social networking event in May, where I found out about her sporty, perhaps adventurous, side — how she used to ride motorcycles back home in Japan — how cool! Sachiko became a member of SFV-CAMFT in 2019 — during the pandemic! . . . Read Sachiko’s full profile

Insight Treatment Programs
Insight Treatment Programs are recognized as a leader in Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) for teens, (13-19 years of age), struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Whether your teen is suffering from a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or ADHD or is having behavior problems such as, self-harm, addictive behaviors, aggression, and isolation, we are here to support and guide you, not just for the teen . . . Read Insight’s full profile

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