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Self-Compassionate Healing After Domestic Violence

Self-Compassionate Healing After Domestic Violence

Doris Pakozdi is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master's Degree at California State University Dominguez Hills. Her passion for helping women through their trauma was sparked while facilitating the Domestic Violence Women's Empowerment...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Four Update, PT. 1

It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Four Update, PT. 1

Nathan Swaringen, LCSW often excitedly tells community members about his work in the It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma Informed Movement in Education) program. When asked how he enjoys the role he exclaimed, “I love what I do!” However, he also recognizes that this program...

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Parent Coffee Talks

Parent Coffee Talks

As I began my new role as a Mental Health Consultant at Educare Head Start at Long Beach Unified School District, I was immediately introduced to teachers, staff and students. I was briefed on the high needs of the school and the community, as some students were...

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Sunset Sip 2019: Hope Takes Flight

Sunset Sip 2019: Hope Takes Flight

We invited the community to uplift and celebrate hope with us at Sunset Sip 2019, and what a wonderful evening it was! More than 180 people attended the 9th Annual Sunset Sip on September 14 at Hotel Maya and helped raise more than $175,000, exceeding funds raised in...

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Hope Takes Flight – Client Stories Recap

Hope Takes Flight – Client Stories Recap

  Over the last few weeks, we shared updates from three of our former clients, Porschea, Gage and Alexis. Like so many of our clients, they each experienced trauma and faced significant hardships. Their inspiring stories showcase what can happen when hope takes...

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Hope Takes Flight – Alexis

Hope Takes Flight – Alexis

  Anxiety and bullying once stopped Alexis from happily expressing herself. Now, she strives to connect and interact with others to help them smile. She’s done many exciting things since her last visit to The Guidance Center and singing at the 3rd Annual Sunset...

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Hope Takes Flight – Gage

Hope Takes Flight – Gage

  Each day, Gage lives by the phrase, "shoot for the stars, even if you miss you'll always go somewhere new." He created this saying when repairing his self-confidence after years of bullying. He's done many new things and taken on new adventures since his last...

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Hope Takes Flight – Porschea

Hope Takes Flight – Porschea

  In her car, Porschea keeps an excerpt of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, which was given to her by Raul at The Guidance Center. She feels uplifted each time she spots it and is encouraged to keep going. Porschea has accomplished a lot and has been to...

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Hope Takes Flight – Sunset Sip 2019

Hope Takes Flight – Sunset Sip 2019

  Every fall, friends and supporters of The Guidance Center come together to support critical mental health services for our community’s most disadvantaged children and their families at our annual Sunset Sip benefit. Each Sunset Sip event has a theme that...

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Minorities and CSEC

Minorities and CSEC

  Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a difficult but important topic on any day, and with July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, CSEC is even more important to discuss, as minorities are at a higher risk of being sexually trafficked....

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Immigrants and Mental Health

Immigrants and Mental Health

  Clinical Therapist, Daniela Ruiz-Cedeño, ASW, and Clinical Supervisor, Steven Frausto, LCSW, sat down with The Guidance Center’s Communications Manager, Geneses Davis, to discuss immigrants and mental health. Steven and Daniela work with clients who have...

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Being A Black Therapist From Compton

Being A Black Therapist From Compton

  For Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Clinical Therapist, Stevie McBride, LMFT, discusses his experience as a Black Mental Health Therapist.   Stevie McBride, LMFT, a clinical therapist in The Guidance Center’s Long Beach Outpatient Program, where he...

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The Intersectionality Between Being Black & LGBTQ+

The Intersectionality Between Being Black & LGBTQ+

  In the spirit of Minority Mental Health Month and with Pride Month just passing, I want to take a moment to speak not only to those who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, but also to those who identify as members of the African-American community....

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

  Bebe Moore Campbell was a mental health advocate, teacher, journalist and author. Campbell wrote various novels and children’s books and discussed mental health with the public to help drive change, raise awareness and destigmatize mental health conditions and...

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Summer Reading List for Positive Mental Health

Summer Reading List for Positive Mental Health

The school year has officially ended and it’s now summer break! Resting and having fun without the school bell schedule is a great way for the whole family to reset and recharge. But how do you prevent a restful summer break from becoming a restless one? Last week,...

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HOW TO: Keep Kids Busy in the Summer

HOW TO: Keep Kids Busy in the Summer

  Every summer there is a sense of panic for most parents which usually sounds like, “What am I going to do with my kids?!” Rather than thinking of summer as stressful, planning ahead can make summer an enjoyable time to connect as a family. The best advice I can...

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PTSD Awareness Month: Hope and a Call to Action

PTSD Awareness Month: Hope and a Call to Action

  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed (exposed to) a traumatic event or events such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Ezequiel

Let Courage Rise – Meet Ezequiel

    Meet Ezequiel, a former client of our School Based Program. Ezequiel wrote and illustrated a story about his therapeutic journey and how he learned to manage his emotions and thoughts.

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Kayla

Let Courage Rise – Meet Kayla

    Meet Kayla, a client at our Long Beach Outpatient clinic. Upon entering therapy, Kayla struggled to manage her intrusive thoughts, excessive worrying and daily stomachaches. Months later, she has learned new ways to manage her stress and endure the...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Michelle

Let Courage Rise – Meet Michelle

    Meet Michelle, a former client of The Whole Child Program. She’s the third of five clients we are honored to feature and celebrate her courage during May Mental Health Month. Brittany, Michelle’s therapist, reflected on Michelle’s journey, resiliency,...

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