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Immediate Assistance Available
November 12, 2018

Immediate Assistance Available for Those Affected by Shootings in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County is mourning the deaths of a dozen people killed in a mass shooting at a popular local bar in Thousand Oaks, CA. The trauma from this senseless tragedy will undoubtedly affect the survivors, their loved ones, and the community at large. Resources can be found at CounselingCalifornia.com and through GiveAnHour.org, a service that provides assistance to those who might normally know how to access help because of sudden changes in their circumstances. READ MORE

 

October 24, 2018
Proposed Change in Definition of Gender Threatens Transgender Community The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a substantial change in the definition of gender, limiting gender to sex assigned at birth. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is concerned about the potential impact of this change on over one million transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people in the US.  READ MORE

 

 

 

CAMFT Supports Keeping Families Together
June 15, 2018

CAMFT Supports Keeping Families Together  More than 700 children have been separated from their parents at the US Border since October 2017, including more than 100 children under the age of four, according to recent news reports. The devastating fear and panic at the time of the separation is traumatic and affects behavioral, psychological, interpersonal, and cognitive development for the family members. READ MORE

 

 

 

February 21, 2018
Resources Available For California Victims of Sexual Assault & Harassment
"No one should live in fear of the person they love or in fear for their personal safety. As we see in the #Metoo movement, harassment or abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, life situation and income bracket. And not all abusive relationships involve physical violence. It is common for emotional abuse to be downplayed or overlooked—even by the person being abused," said CAMFT President Bob Casanova, PsyD, LMFT. READ MORE

 

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.

President Obama Signs Bill to Add More Mental Health Providers for VeteransOctober 20, 2016
President Obama Signs Bill to Add More Mental Health Providers for Veterans

President Obama recently signed the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill into law.  This new law removed barriers to employment for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  This important legislation will significantly improve the availability of qualified clinicians who can treat veterans seeking mental health services.  READ MORE.

 

National Suicide PreventionSeptember 8, 2016
CAMFT Observes National Suicide Prevention Month: Therapy Can Save Lives

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

 

 

It's Okay Not Being a Perfect MomMay 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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Monica J. McGarva, M.A.

Monica J. McGarva, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor who loves to use clinical hypnosis.


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