Central Coast Therapists

To strengthen the Marriage & Family therapy profession & better serve our 
Central Coast community.

Events - Year View

Upcoming events

    • Fri, September 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    • 15

    Enriching our Clinical Work through
    Intentionally Tending to Our Counter-transference 

    presented by Michele Simone, LMFT 

    Using a somatic psychotherapy lens, we will explore where we get stuck in our work with our clients and how to utilize awareness of our counter-transference to get "unstuck" and allow the work to unfold with more ease. 

    This course is designed to help:

    1. define and identify types of counter-transference
    2. clarify when counter-transference helps and when it hinders the work with clients
    3. learn how to utilize our counter-transference to support our resiliency and recovery from vicarious trauma

    Michele is a psychotherapist and consultant who specializes in recovery from  shock and developmental trauma. She works in private practice and in agencies—providing integrative trauma-informed practices to support individuals in accessing resiliency in their relationships, workplaces, and community. 

    Michele’s approach is relational, experiential, and somatic—grounded in experience in the fields of Somatic Experiencing, Neuro-Affective Relational Model, Lifespan Integration, and Attachment-based EMDR. Outside of work Michele teaches and trains in multiple martial arts and self-defense systems to support individual and community safety and empowerment.


    • Sat, September 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    Special Membership Drive Event

    Family Therapy Hacks: A Balanced Approach Training and Therapy
    presented by Pamela Suraci, LMFT 

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9AM to 1PM
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    2201 Lawton Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    4 CEUs available for LMFTs, LCSWs & LPCCs

    When a family comes to your office in distress, you have a small window of opportunity to engage, assess and intervene to promote health and minimize conflict.  Come add to your "toolbox" with a fresh take on systems and strategic family therapy.  You will gain a refreshed appreciation for the foundation upon which well-crafted, effective interventions are built.

    Don't work with families? Join us anyway...you will gain insight into the ways family of origin affect present-day life for ALL your clients.  And who knows, you may find the tools that will make family work exciting!

    In this engaging workshop, participants will engage in didactic, discussion, and experiential work to gain insight into the behavioral, intellectual and emotional patterns that present in individual, couple and family therapy. 

    After attending this course, participants will: 

    • Understand the resistance to family therapy many clients experience.
    • Identify three crucial differences in family and individual therapy.
    • List several challenges that exist in a family system that are treated in and out of that context.
    • Outline at least three areas areas in which assessment is essential.
    • Identify three skills needed by clients to face and overcome challenges born in family systems.
    • Describe the importance of dyads within the family system .
    • Identify at least three ways in which family systems theory is essential for individual work.
    • Identify common "traps" for family therapists.

    Our Presenter:  Pamela Suraci, LMFT

    Pamela Suraci is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Luis Obispo, CA.  Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has built successful practices in Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo Counties as well as a thriving online practice and provides engaging, practical and skill-centered continuing education for therapists in and out of classroom settings.  She is knows to be a practical, friendly and helpful educator, mentor and therapist.

    This CCC-CAMFT event is specially priced at

    • $50 for members, 1/2 off the cost to be refunded at the event if the member brings a non-Chapter member to the event to join the Chapter*,
    • FREE to those attendees who join our Chapter*, and
    • $69 for those who attend but do not join the Chapter.

    *Chapter members: if you prepay for the event and bring a guest, and they join our Chapter, we will refund you $25 the day of the event.  Potential Chapter members: if you prepay for the event and join the day of the event, you will be refunded $69 that day.

    We will be assisting non-members in joining the chapter on the day of the event.  

    • Fri, November 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    • 30

    Self-Care: Sound Healing

    More information and registration coming soon!

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    • Fri, January 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, San Luis Obispo
    • 50
    Registration is closed
    We're welcoming in 2020 by hosting our Annual Networking Meeting on the beautiful Central Coast.  Once again we're hosting the BOOK EXCHANGE!  Bring your fiction, non-fiction, sacred and secular, personal and professional books for exchange.  Overs will be donated to UUF.


    Friday, January 24th, 2020

    9:00 - 11 a.m.   

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in San Luis Obispo

    2201 Lawton Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA


    We host our Annual Networking Meeting each January.  It may be one of the most important meetings that trainees, interns and licensed folk can attend.  Why?  This is the one meeting per year that we spend time sharing of ourselves as individuals and agencies to educate, inform and promote.  We learn what’s available to us, and invariably increase our resources. 

    We will provide beverages and light snacks.

    Be sure to bring plenty of your business cards and marketing materials!  Be prepared to introduce yourself in the following way (thank you, Dan Conroy!)

    My name is __________

    I specialize in (think in terms of service AND benefits) __________

    What I love is ___________

    Once again you can look for some dynamic changes for our members.  We are looking forward to a great New Year, starting with our annual gathering of colleagues. 

    If you need that extra time to catch up with friends you may arrive at 8:30!


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