Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen, MA, LMFT



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Therapy in the
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May-June 2020

Legislative Update — Ariel Cohen, MA, LMFT

CAMFT Facebook Page COVID-19 Updates
March and April 2020


CAMFT has updated and streamlined our COVID-19 Resources on the homepage! Click…/Resources-for-Members-During-COVID-… for information on small business loans, Telehealth FAQs, licensing and supervision issues, behavioral health resources to share with clients, and so much more. #mft #lmft #mentalhealthmatters.


Headspace is offering free Stress Relief meditations for everyone, and healthcare professionals can sign-up for their Headspace Plus premium membership at no cost. Click for details. #mentalhealthmatters #mft #lmft#mindfulnessforall.


Thank you to @EachMindMatters for your resources and helpful blogs about coping in abusive homes, physical distancing in multi-generational homes, and encouraging safe community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. #mentalhealthmatters#mft #lmft


Visit CAMFT's Crisis Response COVID-19 Resource Guide for Clinicians and Consumers for a valuable list of behavioral health resources from @CDCgov, @samhsagov, @DeptVetAffairs, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress @CSTS_USU and more:…/COVID-19-Resource-Guide.docx #mft


California is opening new health sites and hiring more staff to handle the increased health care needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. To apply for Paid Licensed positions with the California Health Corps, visit #LMFT


Tips for partnerships in quarantine. Sharing this helpful article from @CNN Health in which CAMFT is highlighted along with Director of Clinical Affairs @DrHollyDaniels. CNN Health #MFT #LMFT #mentalhealthmatters…/24/hea…/marriage-coronavirus-wellness/


From the Governor’s Office: Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. Click here for ways you can make a difference:


Important Notice! BBS EXAMINATIONS CANCELLED BBS’s testing vendor Pearson Vue announced that all examination sites will be closed due to COVID-19 from March 12 – April 16, 2020. Pearson Vue is the only vendor the BBS uses for examinations. Scheduled candidates will be contacted to reschedule appointments after April 16.

The BBS will work with all examination candidates to ensure that they remain eligible to test and are able to continue to work. If applicants are facing an “application abandonment” deadline, the BBS has indicated it will extend the deadline. The BBS is encouraging impacted Associates to email their registration number, legal name, expiration date and concern to


CAMFT has published updated TELEHEALTH FAQs for THERAPISTS during COVID-19. Visit the website or click here to view these and other helpful resources: #mft #LMFT #COVID19 #mentalhealthmatters


Doctors and hospitals are pushing Newsom for higher Telemedicine reimbursements. "This is urgent for the safety of our patients and employees..."


Great resource from CAMFT contributor Ben Caldwell @bencaldwelllabs regarding the impact of COVID-19 on all things BBS, including BBS exams, supervision requirements, Telehealth and more. Check it out…/ #mft #lmft #mentalhealthmatters

Some helpful Telehealth resources for Therapists: Read CAMFT's recent article on HIPAA Compliant Telehealth Platforms here: For the BBS's recently released COVID-19 Telehealth statement, click here:


Another great COVID-19 resource for therapists from CAMFT contributor James Guay. **INFORMATIONAL POST ONLY CAMFT is not responsible for this content.**

Thank you to CAMFT contributor Miranda Palmer for this great resource! **INFORMATIONAL POST ONLY CAMFT is not responsible for this content.**


Tips for Reducing Anxiety and Stress During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Global Pandemic.#MFT #LMFT #CAMFTPSA#mentalhealthiseverything#feelbetter

California Department of Public Health @CAPublicHealth has issued updated Social Distancing guidelines to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. Click here to read the guidelines:


Governor Newsom Enhances CA’s Ability to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic Issues New Executive Order To: *Direct Californians to follow public health directives including canceling large gatherings of more than 250 people *Remove waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak *Ready state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients *Allow local and state legislative bodies to hold meetings via conference calls while still meeting state transparency requirements. To view the full executive order, click here


Do you have clients who are anxious about Coronavirus? Is it impacting your practice or workplace? Both the Red Cross and CDC have stated that the risk in the United States is low at this time but it's always best practice to be ready. Here is a great resource from the American Red Cross on Coronavirus Safety. Feel free to share with clients and post in your place of business. #mft #lmft #bestpractice


Ariel Cohen, MA, LMFT, maintains a full-time practice at Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills, CA. He works with children, teens, and families, with an emphasis on supporting the special needs community. He can be contacted at 818.674.9834 or

San Fernando Valley Chapter – California Marriage and Family Therapists