COMMUNITY COUNSELING PROGRAM

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 (MFLC)

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

FAMILIES OVERCOMING UNDER STRESS (FOCUS)

FOCUS provides family resiliency training for active duty personnel and family members and teaches specific skills related to family and couple communication, emotional regulation, problem solving and goal setting to promote strong military families. Consultations, educational workshops and skill building groups are available.

FOCUS training is free of charge and offers multiple locations with accommodating hours. Identity and participation information is kept confidential according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards and will not be disclosed to other military families or command. If the safety of a participant becomes a concern, FOCUS staff is required to comply with both base policies and local/state laws.

Goals

  • Helping families and couples identify and build upon their existing strengths and positive coping strategies
  • Increasing parents and children’s understanding of how different family members might react to wartime stress
  • Helping active duty personnel and family members communicate and better understand how each were affected by deployment
  • Working with spouses to better support one another in dealing with the stressors that can arise from long separations
  • Assisting couples to work more effectively as a team in parenting their children before, during, and after deployment
  • Increasing parents skills in dealing more effectively with some of the emotional and behavioral reactions that children have when experiencing stress

For more information:
Rasheed Swindell, MA
(619) 556-6077

Office Hours
Tuesday 0900-1200
Thursday 1300-1600

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

Appointments
(619) 524-0465

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

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

Elissa Crist
Counselor
(619) 524-5730

Christine Esposito
Counselor
(619) 524-1158

Taylor Stotler
Counselor
(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

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

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 0700-1900

FOCUS
Rasheed Swindell, MA
(619) 556-6077

Office Hours
Tuesday 0900-1200
Thursday 1300-1600