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May-June 2021

President's Message — Mishka Clavijo Kimball, LMFT, CAMC

A Time of Transition

Dear Members,

I can’t believe it’s already May! I have been enjoying my role as your President and learning how to continue to better serve you, our valued members.

This month we celebrate “Mental Health Awareness Month,” and I find it very fitting as we are all going through a period of transition in our lives.

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered to more of the public, we are entering a new phase of this pandemic: the post-pandemic transition. While this comes with much joy and hope for a better “new normal,” it also brings new stressors and yet another phase of adjustment and adaptation.

I don’t know about you, but I have gotten very comfortable working from home, seeing clients via teletherapy, and wearing my sweats and comfy socks during my workday. Although I am excited at the prospect of seeing my clients in person again, this also means leaving the comfort of my home and putting on my work pants and high heels again. And that is just a small adjustment to make. Many of us might not yet be comfortable around others and still worry about our health. And for some, they are coming into this new phase after having lost a loved one to the virus and might find it difficult to “come back into the world” again.

Many people are experiencing high levels of anxiety during this time, and as therapists, we are not exempt. It continues to be of utmost importance that we take care of our mental health.

As you transition into your post-COVID routine, my recommendation is to take things one step at a time and move forward at your own pace. There is no “right” way to do this, and we each need to take steps as they feel right to us. I also encourage you to take advantage of some of the resources that CAMFT offers to its members, such as COVID-19 information, Anti-Racism Educational Resources, Self-Care Tips for Therapists, and Clinical Resources. You may find these here: https://www.camft.org/Resources/Support-Resources-for-CAMFT-Members.

SFV-CAMFT is committed to supporting you during this transition as our chapter also works on converting back to in-person and/or hybrid meetings in the near future. When exactly will this happen? We don’t yet know, but the Board and I are discussing it. Please know we are keeping your safety in mind and trust we will keep you informed as we get closer to this change taking place.

Needless to say, this past year has been incredibly difficult and challenging, but as my colleague and our Past-President, Natalie Jambazian, said: “I am hopeful for the future.” I 100% agree with her and remain hopeful for a better tomorrow.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Chairs, I thank you for continuing to be part of our community and for your support of our Chapter. We would not be here without you!

Mishka Clavijo Kimball


Mishka Clavijo Kimball, LMFT, CAMC, is president of SFV-CAMFT. She is a bilingual, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in private practice in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills. She enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, families, couples and Latinx clients. She has treated mood disorders, relationship conflict, grief, anxiety, trauma, and other disorders. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy integrated with a client-centered approach that focuses on body, mind, and spirit. Mishka is also a Certified Anger Management Counselor.

San Fernando Valley Chapter – California Marriage and Family Therapists