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Golden State Crisis

Golden State Crisis:
Half of Californians Who Need Mental Health Services Are Not Getting Treatment

With ongoing national debate focusing heavily on the Affordable Care Act and access to medical care for all Americans, the topic of mental health is getting lost in the dialogue. Consider this: if a life-threatening virus outbreak were to suddenly infect 20 percent of our population, the response from the medical community and everyday citizens to mitigate the threat would be far-reaching and immediate.  READ MORE

Situation/Stress-Related Symptoms
Fall 2016

Situational/Stress Related Symptoms or Serious Depression: What’s the Difference?
By Laura Strom, LMFT

Life can often be unpredictable and stressful. Whether it's divorce, job loss, relocation, death of a loved one or even a flat tire, life's stressors can trigger many emotional states, including anxiety and depression. Anxiety is a normal reaction to life's stressors and to a point can be helpful and even controlled with some easily learned tools. But what is the difference between symptoms that may arise in response to situational stress compared to signs of serious depression. How do you know if what you feel is normal and will pass, or needs further attention?  READ MORE.

Suicide Prevention Month
September 8, 2016


The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) announced its support of September as National Suicide Prevention Month. With deaths by suicide on the rise over the past fifteen years,1 it is now one of the 10 leading causes of death in the nation resulting in nearly 43,000 people a year taking their own lives.  READ MORE  
Bob Casanova
August 2, 2016

The State of Mental Health in California

CAMFT President-Elect Dr. Bob Casanova, LMFT, joins us to discuss the state of mental health in California. LISTEN TO AUDIO

June 14, 2016

Mental Health and the LGBTQ Community

By James Guay, LMFT
Due to societal prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people, rates of depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and physical health disparities, are common among sexual and gender minorities.  READ MORE

May 3, 2016

It’s Okay Not Being a Perfect Mom

By Rebecca Berg, LMFT,
As mothers, we have many dreams for our children. There is much pressure from society about how to be the perfect mother, and despite the best of intentions, the reality is that the challenges of motherhood can, at times, be overwhelming. The great news is we only have to be “good enough” according to the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott.  READ MORE

How to Find an Acceptable Therapist
April 20, 2016

How to Find an Accepting Therapist

By James Guay, LMFT
Are you or someone you love considering psychotherapy? Are you unsure about what kind of therapist is most effective? Beginning counseling is a positive step in reducing painful anxiety, depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, along with a host of other mental health issues that cause us distress.  READ MORE

Is it Stress or Depression
April 16, 2016

Is it Stress or Depression - Lets Find Out

By Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, PHD, AD, LMFT
First of all, stress isn’t all bad. Human beings need some level of stress to motivate us and deal with life on life’s terms. Stress provides energy and fuels the fight, flight or freeze phenomenon to help us adapt to our environment.  READ MORE

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Pamela J. Blawusch, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Carlsbad, CA

I provide a therapeutic environment that allows individuals and couples to explore ideas, beliefs, life experiences, thoughts and feelings that may stand in the way of being who you truly want to be. I can help point out repeating dysfunctional patterns that may exsist in relationships at home, at work and with friends and family.I teach people how to respond in their lives versus getting caught in reacting to personalities and events.

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