Message from Eden
Money Shouldn't Matter
When It Comes to Mental Health
We are proud to announce that throughout the month of August AMCS will be offering discounted Initial Appointments for those interested in therapy!
With so many barriers to services, including stigma, we want to do our part to encourage those interested or needing assistance and support to seek it. The generosity of our donors and supporters is providing AMCS with the opportunity to offer Initial Consultations at the low rate of just $15 for the month of August, 2018.  
Money should never be an issue when it comes to getting mental health services, and AMCS is proud to continue its legacy of making high-quality counseling services available to everyone in our community, regardless of their socio-economic level.  
AMCS offers, individual, family and couples counseling and group therapy treating everything from depression and anxiety to more severe disorders. If you or someone you know can use some support, please call the clinic at 310-670-1410. AMCS is here to help!

Wishing you nothing but good vibrations,


Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

Therapist Spotlight
AMCS's Doctoral Cohort

The 2017-2018 doctoral cohort includes (pictured, from left) Amanda Goodman-Saragusti, Grace Hazeltine, Molly Martin and Adam Snider.
This unique group of practicum students joined the AMCS training program with anywhere from 1 to 3 years of previous experience in a range of services, including OCD treatment, domestic violence, crisis intervention and more. They have also worked with diverse populations ranging from chronically ill children and families to the LGBTQIA community.
Bringing their growing expertise to the clinic, AMCS clients have benefited from their committed efforts to the services provided here. The doctoral students not only dedicate a minimum of 20 hours each week to AMCS, seeing individuals, couples and families as well as attending and facilitating trainings, but they also ensure the clinic's presence on social media (Facebook) is relevant and updated. Please be sure to follow AMCS on Facebook and like and share our posts because the more people we reach, the more people we can help.
Our doctoral cohort handles all of these important initiatives in addition to working on their own dissertations, volunteering, mentoring others, conducting research, presenting research at conferences, authoring and editing chapters for books and much, much more! We are thankful for all they do on behalf of our clients and the clinic.

Internship Opportunity
AMCS Offers Specific Program Focused on
Working With Kids and Their Families

AMCS is now offering a specific program for marriage and family, professional clinical counselor, and registered associate social workers who are interested in exclusively working with at-risk children and their families at school sites where we provide counseling services.
This requires a one-year commitment of approximately 12 hours per week. This program is ideal for those associates who want to focus on acquiring experience and California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) hours working with children and families.
If you are a registered associate with the BBS and you are interested in this program please send your cover letter, resume, and a completed application to Bob Northcutt, LMFT, Recruitment Coordinator, at

Join Us at National Night Out
35th Anniversary Event Set for August 7

AMCS is proud to be participating in the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out, a special event held every year to promote police and community partnerships by bringing neighbors together.

This year's event will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesday, August 7 at Concert Park in Playa Vista.

National Night Out is an opportunity for everyone in the community to meet our local police officers and learn about everything from how to create your own Neighborhood Watch to how to better protect your home and car. There will be free food provided by Cantalini's Express and Panini Kabob Grill, and hot dogs grilled and served by LAPD's Pacific Area police officers. A live D.J. will be playing great music, and there will be prize drawings every hour. Kids will enjoy an airbrush tattoo artist, a balloon artists a crafts table and more!

Don't miss this free chance to get to know our local officers, make new friends and have fun!