Message from the Prez

Fri, January 28, 2022 9:50 AM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

Message from the Prez: SGV-CAMFT, February 2022

From Kathryn Bikle, President

I hope you all are staying safe and sane as we move into February 2022! Covid-19’s Omicron variant is definitely challenging our best efforts to get back to normal!

Three new SGV-CAMFT Board Members were voted in this January! They were announced at our Annual Meeting and Membership Appreciation Event on January 21, 2022.

Our new additions to the Board are:

Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT, Programs Chair
Deanna Hudgins, MFT Trainee, Membership Co-Chair
Adam Snir, AMFT 3000 Club Co-Chair
Congratulations, Lynne, Deanna and Adam! We are so fortunate to have your vibrant energies joining the SGV-CAMFT Board!

The Membership Appreciation Event was lots of fun! Online entertainment was provided by LA-based Magician Lauren Cohen ( Winners of our fabulous "door" prizes were as follows!

  • Carol Rodriguez won a beautifully crafted 17” black onyx and glass bead necklace created by Julie Gigante
  • Karen Young won Two – 1 hour professional coaching sessions with Lynne Azpeitia
  • Connie Sorensen won free attendance at 2022 SGV-CAMFT Program of her choice!

If you have questions about volunteering on our Chapter’s board in any capacity large or small, please contact Kathryn Bikle at We look forward to welcoming you on board!

January 1st, 2022 brought changes into law which effects MFTs!!

  • The “No Surprises Act” (H.R. 133) ushered in came as a bit of a surprise to most of us (see CAMFT articles cited below for details)
  • Changes to Place of Service (POC) billing codes (see Barbara Griswold’s helpful article on the subject at )

The “No Surprises Act” includes new requirements for health care providers, facilities, health plans and insurers, and is intended to prevent consumers (a.k.a. patients) from receiving unanticipated medical bills. Don’t get caught by Surprise! See below to educate yourself on the changes:

CAMFT has developed a FREE Online Workshop to help get us up to speed:

And/or, you can read about it:

 Attorney Articles  The No Surprises Act - What MFTs Need to Know

Templates created by HHS/CMS are linked here:

Shout Out to Board Volunteer Kathleen Telser, LMFT!!!

Thank you, Katie Telser!

For the past five years Katie has worked behind the scenes to vet and upload important information to SGV-CAMFT’s E-Tree Messaging Service. Our E-Tree service offers members the opportunity to post information about workshops, office space, request for referrals, and other items pertinent to our therapy practices. This service is free and is one of the benefits of membership in our chapter. You must be signed up to participate in this important service. Go to our website to sign up now!   

Many thanks, Katie!


Here are some exciting programs and events coming up! SAVE the dates! Register on our website at

Sunday, February 6th, 7–8:30 pm join our monthly Book Club meeting! Attendance is free but you need to make a reservation in order to attend this online Zoom event. This month we are reading an article by Joshua Coleman entitled, “When Therapists Encourage Family Cutoffs: Are We Helping or Harming?” from Psychotherapy Networker. See the Home page of our website at to Register and to access February’s article for discussion. Email Julie Gigante at for more information.

Friday, February 18, 2022, Noon – 1:30 pm “Exploring Material from Altered States as a Therapeutic Tool,” Amy Jordan, LMFT. Online Presentation. Q&A Format
Modern mainstream psychotherapy is just beginning to appreciate what the ancients have known for millennia: that images, insights, and feelings experienced during altered states of consciousness hold valuable material for the healing of trauma, illness, depression, and addiction, as well as for deep psychological growth. How we as healers make use of this important material is somewhat of a lost art. But not entirely! Whether you are interested in becoming trained in the therapeutic use of psychedelic medicines, or simply want to learn more about how guided visualization and dream work can enhance your therapy practice, this workshop aims to pique your interest on the subject and answer your questions about how it all works! Join transformational therapist, Amy Jordan, LMFT in a stimulating conversation about how the interweaving of indigenous philosophies and practices with Jungian depth psychology and quantum physics informs this exciting new direction in the therapy world and learn how she supports the processing of experiences during altered states in the service of psychological growth and healing.
Connect and Learn. No CE credit available. Registration details available on our website!

SGV-CAMFT Open Roundtable discussion. Online. Spring 2022 date and details to be announced. Do you have an interest in brainstorming, exploring, and discussing how SGV-CAMFT can better serve you? Ideas for activities, programs, or member support? How we can better address issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? Look for details announcing this stimulating online Roundtable discussion to be scheduled in February! Facilitated by Susan, Lowe, LMFT and Julie Gigante, IMFT. Free. Registration will be necessary in order to receive Zoom link. Questions? Suggestions? Email Kathryn Bikle at

If you have any questions, or are interested in speaking at a future event, please send an email to Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT at

Putting out a call for Mentors!

Have you been secretly longing to share your professional wisdom with a less experienced colleague? Here’s your opportunity! SGVCAMFT Mentor-Mentee Chair Jessica Ruiz is currently seeking additional Mentors for our popular Mentor-Mentee program. Being a Mentor does not take a huge amount of time, just a willingness to share your expertise and offer support to a Mentee for an hour a month, or whatever feels right to you! Requested areas of expertise include: Supporting a Shift to Private Practice, Developing your Treatment Modality, Exam Prep Support, TeleHealth Technology Support, and Your Expertise Here! Contact Jessica if you would like to become a SGVCAMFT Mentor or are interested in the Mentor-Mentee program: or Information about our Mentor-Mentee program can be found on our website at 

SGV CAMFT’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Program Planning is actively looking for Participants and Facilitators to help launch this program!

SGV-CAMFT is forming a Special Interest Group Program for professionals to come together around topics and interests related to our field. A Special Interest Group (SIG) is an opportunity to make connections, dig deeper into specialty areas, and form relationships around common interests. We are currently looking for participants and facilitators to help us launch this program!

Do you have a passion for working with couples, trauma, or a specific diagnosis, and would like to share that with your colleagues?

Do you work with a specific population and could use some support?

Would you enjoy co-hosting educational or social programs for Marriage and Family Therapists?

We are open to your ideas for SIGs. What group would you like to see form? What group could you imagine being a part of? Check our website for details on how to apply to become a facilitator:  Contact Natasha Morisawa for more information at or


  • Fri, February 17, 2023 3:41 PM | Anonymous
    Are there any coffee gatherings scheduled? Where would I find them if they are scheduled? Thank you Charlotte Cantrell.
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