Marine Corps Community Services | MCRD San Diego
Community Counseling Program 2018-03-09T10:13:47+00:00


The Community Counseling Program (CCP) is available to provide you with short-term counseling focused on prevention and intervention to promote the well-being of Marines, Sailors and their families. We offer individual, couple, family, child and group counseling services. We will make referrals to classes and to other services and programs the military or outside community has to offer.

We can help you address issues related to:

  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Grief and Loss
  • Coping Skills
  • Deployment Stress
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Work Related Issues
  • Balancing Work and Home Life
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Child Behavioral Concerns

Monday – Friday: 0730-1630 by appointment or walk-in. Flexible appointment times also available.


Military & Family Life Counselors are here to listen, and are available to help service members, spouses, family members, children and staff address:

  • Deployment/Reintegration Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Issues
  • Parenting/Sibling & Family Issue
  • Communication Challenges
  • Stress
  • Decision-making
  • Grief and Loss
  • Transition Issues
  • Emotional Well-being
  • Improve Coping and Resilience
  • Daily Life Issues

Counseling, consultation and training is free and confidential. No records are kept.

Helping You Is Our Priority

After-hours and weekend appointments are available. Group or off-site meetings can be arranged.

Seven Things To Know About MFLC

1. All MFLCs are licensed professional mental health counselors (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, etc.) who provide non-medical solution-focused “counseling” (no longer called “consultation”) to military personnel and their families. MFLCs assist people to explore alternate solutions to current daily life stressors.

2. MFLCs are considered an augmentation, not a replacement, for existing family support services.

3. MFLCs do not keep records. Anything shared with an MFLC is confidential unless it is a Duty to Warn situation, as the MFLC is a mandated reporter and not a restricted reporter. Duty to Warn is when someone tells an MFLC they want to cause harm to self or others include suicidal thought or intent, a desire to harm oneself, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, violence against any person, and any present or future illegal activity.

4. MFLCs maintain contact with Marines/Sailors (and their families) through their confidential cell phones and face-to-face communications. The MFLC’s cell phones are manned from 0700-1900, Monday through Friday. They will respond expediently.

5. The MFLCs’ work day is flexible; however, it is a 40 hour work week. This provides the MFLCs the opportunity to meet with people prior to work, after work, and to support those who work a shift schedule. Additionally, it enables the MFLCs to provide support at base or command events and to facilitate workshops or other groups.

6. MFLCs are embedded in units and also have the flexibility to meet at various locations on or off site, never in a person’s home or vehicle.

7. People can meet with the MFLC for up to 12 sessions.

For more information:
(858) 414-4993
(619) 405-8370

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 0700-1900


FOCUS is a prevention service designed to strengthen couples and families in readiness for tomorrow. FOCUS provides personalized training for each family and its individual goals. The program teaches practical skills to help families and couples feel prepared to meet the challenges of military life such as stress, injury and other transitions. FOCUS is available in several formats: family consultations, couple- or family-level training, small group training and workshops. FOCUS builds strong connections with other military family providers to support a network of care for service members, their partners and families. FOCUS training is confidential, free and offers services at family friendly hours.

FOCUS sessions allow families and couples to build their own story about military life experiences.

This helps them to:

  • Identify, manage and discuss emotions
  • Clarify misunderstandings and respect individual points of view
  • Build on current strengths
  • Feel closer and more supported
  • Use problem-solving and goal-setting to empower the entire family

Regular office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 1000- 1700 (or scheduled upon request)

MCRD FOCUS Resilience Trainer: Rasheed Swindell, MA

Phone: 619-556-6075

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Community Counseling Program
Building 5 East
3602 Hochmuth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92140

(619) 725-6377

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 0730 – 1630
Located in Bldg 5E

Shelly Falconer
Behavioral Health Director
Located in Bldg 5W
(619) 725-6241

Elissa Crist
(619) 524-5730

Christine Esposito
(619) 524-1158

Taylor Stotler
(619) 718-3782

Active Duty Marines, Sailors, dependents and recruits can utilize these new hours.
Located in Building 5E

CCP Walk-In Hours

Monday 0900-1100
Tuesday 0900-1100
Wednesday 1300-1500
Thursday 1300-1500

For more information: (619) 524-0465

(858) 414-4993
(619) 405-8370

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 0700-1900

Rasheed Swindell, MA
(619) 556-6077

Office Hours
Tuesday 0900-1200
Thursday 1300-1600

Service Philosophy

Marine & Family Programs’ goal is a foundation of readiness and resiliency. We reinforce that foundation with personalized service, and an innovative approach.

We hold as our guiding principles, that:
• We Do the Right Thing
• Our Mission is You
• There is No Wrong Door

Mission: To provide tools and resources which promote a ready and resilient Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Vision: To enrich lives through a compressive array of innovative programs and services