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  • Fri, January 13, 2023 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    Announcing the Winners of our Drawing!

    Congratulations Susan Rivieccio, LMFT and Jayann Askin, LMFT!

    They each won free entry into a 2 CE event of their choice. We pulled winners from those who participated in our board elections this year.

    Thank you to all who participated. It is vital to our continued success!
  • Fri, December 16, 2022 12:13 AM | Anonymous

    President: Angel Ortiz, LMFT  
    Treasurer: Cassandra Flagg, LMFT  
    Secretary: Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT



  • Wed, November 02, 2022 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    Above left to right: Angel Ortiz, LMFT for president, Cassandra Flagg, LMFT, for secretary, and Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT, for secretary

     VOTE NOW! for your chance to win free entry to an SVC-CAMFT event! You must vote by Dec. 15.


    Angel Ortiz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works for Mindpath Health in Elk Grove, CA where he treats those who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health challenges from a variety of modalities. Originally from the Bay Area, Angel grew up in a diverse community and was happy to have served on the SVC-CAMFT Board of Directors since January of 2021. He answered the call when the chapter faced the possibility of closing. It was with the same passion for his clients that Angel decided to commit to serving the local community of mental health professionals, committing to champion the cause of diversity as Diversity Chair. As Diversity Chair, he assembled a Diversity committee who helped draft SVC-CAMFT’s DEI statement. Angel also organized a three-chapter collaboration to host an impactful RaceTalk workshop. As a partially sighted therapist, Angel also understands the importance of serving our disabled community more effectively as he prepares to organize a workshop with the Society for the Blind and NorCal Peace of Mind (a deaf/hard of hearing agency) in 2023.
    Angel looks forward to serving as Board President and would appreciate your vote.


    Cassandra Flagg is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Davis. She is passionate in her work with adult individuals struggling with anxiety and trauma and strives to emphasize on everyone’s strengths and resilience. In addition to talk therapy, Cassandra utilizes brainspotting, somatic awareness and mindfulness practices to help her clients achieve their desired outcome. She also enjoyed hosting SVC-CAMFT’s peer consultation group this year, which provided a space for therapists to come together and share their work with each other.

    Cassandra is excited and motivated to volunteer and serve again on the SVC-CAMFT board. She believes connecting with the community is vital and is enthusiastic about building relationships with SVC-CAMFT members. As Treasurer, Cassandra is driven to ensure SVC-CAMFT is financially secure and sustainable for many years to come. She had a previous career with a focus in the areas of billing/accounting, business, and management. Cassandra brings multiple perspectives into this role and is honored with the opportunity to serve in the community.


    Victoria has been a CAMFT member for 11 years and is new to the board. She works as a virtual therapist at Palo Alto Therapy seeing adolescents, couples and adults. Victoria spent many years as an orchestral violinist and violin teacher, and has a lifelong  interest in how we grow and change. She has been a licensed therapist for 7 years.

    Victoria is a TEAM-CBT therapist at level 3 and is passionate about the tools it offers to help clients. She also uses Gottman methods, for which she has completed two levels of training, and has completed the first level of EMDR training at the Shapiro Institute. She enjoys learning, and acquiring new skills to make therapy more effective.  

    Victoria has found being a board member rewarding and enjoyable. She hopes to continue to help support the excellent resources that SVC-CAMFT offers, and help provide the assistance necessary to maintain the organization.  


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  • Tue, October 25, 2022 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    Hello Sacramento Valley CAMFT Chapter and Community! I am Suzanne Quijano LMFT, your Membership Chair, and I am happy to announce the start of our Membership Spotlight Feature. Every other month, I will continue to feature one of our many wonderful members and their connection to our chapter. This program is open to all members, so if you would like to be featured and share with others why you enjoy being a part of SVC-CAMFT, please email me at

    Michele Villarreal is a psychotherapist and owner of her private practice, Four Seasons Counseling, based in Sacramento. She has been a member of SVC-CAMFT since 2017 while attending graduate school. She shares that what she appreciates most about our chapter is the membership participation and a board of directors that provides diverse speakers from the mental health field. As she says, “There is always something new and interesting to learn and to incorporate into my practice”

    In private practice, Michele specializes in trauma informed care and life transitions. She works with individuals, children, couples, and families. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, art and play therapies. In addition, she offers Christian-based therapy, collaborating with clients based on their interest and needs. And now she looks forward to expanding her private practice to incorporate supervising Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, in order to give back to the mental health community. In her free time, Michele enjoys visiting High Hill Ranch in the Apple Hill region, just outside of Sacramento, where she has fond memories as a child and then as a mother taking her son to enjoy the seasonal festivities!

    To learn more about Michele’s practice you may email her at, visit her website at or find her listing on Psychology Today.

  • Mon, October 17, 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    The BBS has recently added a couple FAQ's to their website due to AB 1759 being signed recently. This bill has a few major items to make note of.

    Beginning January 1, 2023
    1. New annual continuing education requirements for registration renewal
    2. Changes to the California law and ethics re-exam process

    Beginning July 1, 2023
    Training or Coursework in the Provision of Mental Health Services via Telehealth (3 Hours)

    Additionally, please remember AB 1758 was also signed recently
    Supervision of Applicants for Licensure via Videoconferencing

    We have also updated our Continuing Education page to include the new Associate requirements as well as update the Telehealth and Suicide Risk one time requirements under the Mandatory Coursework heading.

    Please take the time to review these FAQ's and become familiar with the new requirements.

    Check our legal updates page or the BBS law changes page.  

  • Mon, July 25, 2022 9:54 AM | Anonymous

  • Fri, June 10, 2022 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    SVC-CAMFT conducted a special membership drive this year. This included a drawing for two members to receive a Free Training to Level 1 Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART Training)—a $699 value! A special thanks to Dr. Talal Alsaleem for sponsoring these scholarships.

    And now we are excited to announce the 2022 SVC-CAMFT winning members:

    Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT
    California Integrative Therapy
    Offices in Pasadena and Sacramento, CA

    Lynn Baker-Nauman
    Registered Drama Therapist
    MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Our scholarship recipients will have the chance to learn with leading experts in Infidelity Counseling and become better equipped to work with couples and families in crisis. For more information on our two scholarship recipients please visit their websites, and for more information on SART, visit htps://

  • Fri, January 21, 2022 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    Each year the chapter's treasurer and board of directors create a proposed budget for the following year. This is available to all members to view, and we need a certain percentage of the members to vote. So please do your part and vote!

    You will need to log in to view the poll and vote.

  • Mon, January 17, 2022 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Order Extending May 6, 2020, Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers

    Download the full announcement using the link below

    The Director hereby further extends the Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers. The order now terminates March 31, 2022, unless further extended.

    This order is effective immediately but may be amended as circumstances require.

    Dated Jan. 11, 2022

  • Mon, January 10, 2022 12:58 PM | Anonymous


    For a limited time, SVC-CAMFT is running a membership special that includes two scholarships for Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) training part 1 valued at $699.00. In order to qualify, you must work with couples. Two names will be drawn. This opportunity is being generously sponsored by Dr. Talal Alsaleem.

    SART was developed to provide counselors of all levels with a strategic and adaptive treatment method for helping couples heal from the trauma of sexual and emotional affairs.

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