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Clinical Work with Latinx Populations: March 27, 2024

Clinical Work with Latinx Populations: March 27, 2024

Join us for the second in a six part series of professional development workshops offered by Palomar Family Counseling Service in 2024 designed  to support and strengthen the mental health of our communities. Workshop Title: Clinical Work with Latinx Populations...

Therapist – Children With Social & Emotional Difficulties

Therapist – Children With Social & Emotional Difficulties

OUR STORY Palomar Family Counseling Service (PFCS) is one of most recognized and respected providers of mental health services in North San Diego County. Established in 1956, PFCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services that...

Strategies to Beat the January Blues: Bouncing Back from the Gloomiest Month of the Year

Strategies to Beat the January Blues: Bouncing Back from the Gloomiest Month of the Year

As the holiday season fades away, the arrival of January can often leave us feeling a sense of gloom. The colder weather, shorter daylight hours, returning debts, and the absence of friends and family gatherings can all contribute to the infamous “January blues.” However, navigating this time of year with a focus on mental health is crucial. In this blog, we will discuss strategies to beat the January blues and bounce back with a positive mindset.

Understanding Your Duties: Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training

Understanding Your Duties: Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training

Join us for the first in a six-part series offered to staff and trainers as part of our ongoing commitment to professional development.  Workshop Title: Understanding Your Duties: Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Presenter:  Child & Family Well-Being...

2023: A Very Successful Year

2023: A Very Successful Year

This year we were honored to receive funding for new initiatives from San Diego Foundation, Dr. Seuss Foundation, The San Diego Women's Foundation, Rest Haven Children's Health Fund,  the County of San Diego and the Fallbrook Regional Health District.  This funding...

New Year’s resolutions: Are they good for your mental health?

New Year’s resolutions: Are they good for your mental health?

As we start a new year, it's common for many of us to reflect on the past year and start thinking about what changes we want to make in the upcoming one. New Year's resolutions have become a popular tradition, with people setting goals and making promises to...

The Holiday Season and Mental Health: You Are Not Alone

The Holiday Season and Mental Health: You Are Not Alone

The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for many people, it can also be a challenging period filled with grief, loneliness, and despair. The festivities can exacerbate feelings of isolation and highlight the...

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

When we prioritize self-care, we are better able to manage stress and other challenges, and we are more resilient in the face of difficult situations. Self-care can also improve our mood, increase our sense of self-worth, and help us feel more connected to ourselves and others.

A Fond Farewell to Jensen Shirley

A Fond Farewell to Jensen Shirley

PFCS staff gathered on November 20 to celebrate the retirement of Jensen Shirley, EdD, APCC.  Jensen began with the agency as a graduate student in 2016. He contributed to mission fulfillment in so many ways, particularly at Surfside Educational Academy in Oceanside. ...

The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, but its impact on mental health is a topic of much debate. While social media can connect us to others and provide a sense of community, it can also contribute to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and...

Understanding the link between stress and mental health.

Understanding the link between stress and mental health.

Stress is a natural response to challenging or dangerous situations, but when stress becomes chronic, it can have a significant impact on our mental health. Chronic stress has been linked to a range of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. In this...

Back to School Tips with PFCS Therapist Benoit Vincent

Back to School Tips with PFCS Therapist Benoit Vincent

Back to School Tips for Kids & Parents The new school year means new friends, teachers, clothes, and classrooms. It’s normal for kids (and their parents) to feel anxious about returning to school. Here are some simple ways to ease the transition from vacation-mode...

San Diego Gives:  Early Giving is open!

San Diego Gives: Early Giving is open!

Early giving for San Diego Gives officially opens today and we have an Early Giving match! Thanks to the incredible generosity of one of our donors, your donation of $50 or more will be matched 100%.  This $2500 match is in effect from now until we reach that target....

5 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Mindset and Boost Mental Resilience

5 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Mindset and Boost Mental Resilience

In today's fast-paced and stress-filled world, it's becoming increasingly important to prioritize our mental wellness. Cultivating a positive mindset and developing mental resilience are essential for our overall well-being. Resilience allows us to bounce back from...

Hobbies for Mental Health

Hobbies for Mental Health

In today's fast-paced world, where we are constantly bombarded with responsibilities and deadlines, it's important to take a step back and prioritize our mental health. One effective way to do this is by engaging in hobbies that bring us joy and relaxation. Hobbies...

Mindfulness Exercises: A Great Way to Relax and Refocus

Mindfulness Exercises: A Great Way to Relax and Refocus

Mindfulness exercises are a great way to reduce stress and increase wellbeing. Give these exercises a try and see how they can help you feel calmer and more balanced 1. Breathing Meditation - This is a great exercise for beginners. Find a comfortable place to sit and...

Connecting Matters: A new support group in Fallbrook

Connecting Matters: A new support group in Fallbrook

Connections matter. PFCS will launch a new support group at the Fallrook Regional Health District's Community Wellness Center this spring.  Connecting Matters will run for 3 consecutive Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. May 10, 17, & 24 and is designed for...

PFCS Employee Selected as 2023 Public Health Champion!

PFCS Employee Selected as 2023 Public Health Champion!

Congratulations to PFCS Employee Graciela Moreno on her selection as a recipient of the 2023 Live Well San Diego Annual Public Health Champion award.  Graciela was named as the North Inland Regional recipient. This honor is bestowed on behalf of the Public Health...

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples

PFCS is hosting a  three hour workshop on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Couples presented by Jason Linder, PsyD for our staff and trainees as part of our ongoing commitment to professional development. Date: May 11, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Location:...

Spread Comfort & Joy This Holiday Season

Spread Comfort & Joy This Holiday Season

Spread comfort & joy this holiday season for children, youth, families and adults in need. Our Comfort and Joy campaign coordinates the generosity and caring of people like you with needy individuals served in our mental health programs. For many of our fellow...

The Parent Perspective: A Conversation with Boad Member Don Romo

The Parent Perspective: A Conversation with Boad Member Don Romo

In this episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast, PFCS Board Member Don Romo discusses the system of care for people living with mental illness and his lived experience as a parent.   His insight and perspective enriches our Board of Directors. We are honored that...

Mental Health and Preschool Aged Children

Mental Health and Preschool Aged Children

PFCS Therapist Stephanie Rivera discusses how the mental health of parents can impact young children.  Stephanie also discusses how to address behavioral challenges in preschool aged children and the impact adverse childhood experiences can have on adolescents.

Donate your myWalgreens Cash Rewards to PFCS through 8/31/22

Donate your myWalgreens Cash Rewards to PFCS through 8/31/22

We're participating in the myWalgreens donation program! At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop with your myWalgreens membership and you can contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens Cash rewards to local and national charities...

California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recogniton

California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recogniton

We are honored to receive a Certificate of Recogniton from the California Legistalure Assembly and Assemblymember Marie Waldron of the 75th District for our support and contribution to communtiy engagement with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Incredible Parents

Incredible Parents

Parenting programs are a key strategy for the prevention and early treatment of children’s conduct problems.

Youth Mental Health Crisis: The Next Wave of the Pandemic

Youth Mental Health Crisis: The Next Wave of the Pandemic

“We have seen a nearly two-fold increase in depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms among children and adolescents. Nearly 20 percent of kids are experiencing depression that’s impairing them, nearly 25 percent of kids are experiencing anxiety that’s impairing them.”

Fallbrook Regional Health District Grant Awards

Fallbrook Regional Health District Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Fallbrook Regional Health District (FRHD) has once again awarded grants for FY 2022/2023 for our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs for residents of the...

988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline to launch in July 2022

988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline to launch in July 2022

988 is not just a new number to call, it is an opportunity to rethink how we approach mental health, substance use disorders, and suicide prevention in our communities. The United States needs a thoughtful and comprehensive response to mental health or substance use...

PFCS selected to participate in the myWalgreens donation program

PFCS selected to participate in the myWalgreens donation program

Donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to Palomar Family Counseling Service through 08/31/22. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or...

Transforming Mental Health with Horses

Transforming Mental Health with Horses

We are excited to launch a new service to treat trauma, grief, sadness, anxiety, loss, relationship issues, addiction and so much more. Turnout, based on the Eagala model, an innovative approach that provides an alternative option for treatment with no need for talk...

An Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

An Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges were the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people, with up to 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. having a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder. The stringent...

Advice To My Younger Self

Advice To My Younger Self

We asked our board and staff this question: What advice would you give your younger self? Here’s what some of us had to say.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The Prevention & Early Intervention Team along with their Incredible Years® friends celebrate mental health awareness month with strategies to stay mentally healthy. The Incredible Years® model is used as a prevention and early intervention strategy for all...

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a global phenomenon that can happen to anyone regardless of gender, education, profession, nationality, socioeconomic status, culture, age, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Generally speaking, domestic violence occurs when one partner...

Check Us Out On The Incredible YearsⓇ Blog!

Check Us Out On The Incredible YearsⓇ Blog!

North Coastal Prevention and Early Intervention ProgramVirtual DinoSchool TeachersOur North Coastal Prevention and Early Intervention program created innovative strategies to implement the Incredible YearsⓇ social emotional curriculum during this current health...

Building Resiliency in Times of Crisis

Building Resiliency in Times of Crisis

The Buddha once asked a student: “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful? If the person is struck by a second arrow, is it even more painful?” He then explained, “In life, we cannot always control the first arrow. However, the second arrow is our reaction to...