La Leche League Meetings, San Diego County, 2013

To find out the Leaders
on call this week:
 (858) 646-9779

Central San Diego    
1st Thursday                                                                       Megan C:
10:30 - 11:30 am                                                                Megan D:

Encinitas/North County Coastal        
2nd Tuesday                                                            
10:00 am                                                                           Margi: 
                                                                                         (SPANISH SPEAKER)

Escondido Evening                                         Michelle: (760)741-7268
2nd Tuesday                                                                          Amber:  (951)696-8342
7:00 pm                                                                                 Dana:  (760)471-9020                                                    Jennifer:  (858)433-7358

Poway/North San Diego
3nd Thursday                                                                       Sara:
10:00 am                                                                              Patty:

Central San Diego Toddlers Meeting

2nd Thursday                                                                       Megan C:
10:30 - 11:30 am                                                                Megan D:

East County/Back Country
2nd Saturday `                                                           
10:00 am                                                                             Partners are welcome!

San Diego/South Bay Night Meeting

3rd Friday                                                                           Partners are welcome!
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

San Diego/South Bay Day Meeting

4th Monday                                                                  Michele:  mcall@mtwla.org10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Evidence Based Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, CAMFT

My next presentation and therapist training/event details

Evidence Based Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
During this one hour presentation, Jennifer Lundy-Aguerre, MFT and Christina Neumeyer, MFT will cover new DSM V diagnostic criteria for PTSD and an overview of two evidence based treatments for reducing and/or eliminating symptoms of PTSD. Participants will learn what happens during each session of Prolonged Exposure therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy, including relaxation techniques, educational components of treatment, types of exposure and cognitive behavioral techniques. The effectiveness of both PE and CPT in a telemedicine setting will also be presented.
This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of CAMFT, PCE #58. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of Continuing Education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science.

Policy on payment: Payment in the EXACT amount can be taken in CASH or CHECK at the door in addition to being paid through Eventbrite. Please note that the San Diego Chapter Membership is an ADDITIONAL membership to your CAMFT membership, if you are unsure of your membership with SD-CAMFT, email our membership chair at A refund will NOT be given if an attendee pays via Eventbrite and is unable to attend the event. A refund WILL be given if an attendee pays an erroneous amount for the event.
Jennifer Lundy-AguerreAbout the Presenters:
Jennifer Lundy-Aguerre, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in La Mesa, CA. She received her graduate degree in 2002 from the University of San Diego. Upon graduation she worked with at-risk youth and families in a wraparound program, and mostly dual diagnosis adults in a short-term acute residential treatment program. She was licensed in 2005 and in 2006, she co-founded Positive Change Counseling Center – a private practice serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Throughout her career Jennifer has facilitated and taught Human Relations Diversity workshops, Continuing Education courses at MHS, Inc., various health and wellness classes in corporate settings and volunteered as an Anxiety Support Group Facilitator for the San Diego Phobia Foundation.
From 2009-2012 Ms. Lundy-Aguerre worked part-time as a Research Study Therapy for the Veterans Medical Research Foundation providing Prolonged Exposure therapy to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Following training by Dr. Edna Foa, Jennifer provided Prolonged Exposure therapy both in-person and via telemedicine, where the client was in another city and therapy was conducted over a TV monitor. Immediately she was impressed with the incredible progress made by the Veterans during Prolonged Exposure treatment. Men and women who rarely left their homes or interacted with others were going grocery shopping, attending family functions and confronting numerous fears they hadn’t thought possible. Jennifer continues to administer Prolonged Exposure therapy in her private practice with Veterans, as well as many others affected by PTSD. In addition, Jennifer treats individuals with various anxiety and depressive disorders as well as new and expectant parents regarding the transition to parenthood and monitoring/treating postpartum depression and the “baby blues”. Jennifer recently began facilitating “Bringing Baby Home” workshops, teaching new and expectant parents relationship survival skills for the first year (and beyond!) of parenting.
Christina Neumeyer, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, serves her private practice inChristina Neumeyer Carlsbad, CA. She is a Community Lecturer and a Clinical Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)  and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Christina was recently a Part-Time Adjunct Professor (Fall 2012) for the University of San Diego, Department of School, Family and Mental Health Professions, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, teaching Intro to Family Counseling.
She is a Trauma Specialist, with expertise in Combat and Military Sexual Trauma, as well as rape and childhood abuse. Christina trained with Dr. Edna Foa in January 2009.  From January 2009 to August 2012, Christina participated as a Research Study Therapist for Veteran’s Medical Research Foundation: UCSD/VA Research Study Grant for PTSD Vets using Prolonged Exposure Therapy & Cognitive Processing Therapy, Telemedicine for Improved Delivery of Psychosocial Treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These concurrent studies are set to be two of the largest studies done with PTSD to date.
Since 2008, Christina has taught a Meditation course at San Dieguito Adult Education, utilizing tenets of CBT and Mindfulness to manage depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Christina is Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Domestic Violence Duluth Certification, Crisis Response, Chemical Dependency, and Sexual Assault Training. Additionally, she is a breastfeeding educator.


Nature Hike, Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Join a Carlsbad Group Hike this Saturday for National Trails Day

The following is from the City of Carlsbad

On Saturday, June 1, the City of Carlsbad will commemorate National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails, with a 3.5 mile group hike on one of the city’s newest trails. 

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Robertson Ranch trail head just off of Wind Trail Way (directions below) for a two and a half hour hike and tour that will include stops at points of interest and presentations by naturalists and other speakers who can address the unique nature of the trail and its surroundings. 

Hikers will begin at Robertson Ranch and head north on the new trail toward Lake Calavera and Mount Calavera, an old volcano. Participants should wear close toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen. 

Water and healthy snacks will be provided.

National Trails Day began in the late 1980s and is organized as a national commemorative day by the American Hiking Society.  “Trails are one of the most unique and cherished aspects of the Carlsbad community,” says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning manager.  “Every year we have hundreds of volunteers who help to maintain our wonderful trail system for all to enjoy.  We are excited to have this specific day to hike and introduce the newly completed trail at Robertson Ranch into the citywide trail system, as part of Carlsbad’s 46 miles of trails.”

Directions to Robertson Ranch trail head:
I-5 to Cannon Rd. Exit East on Cannon Rd. to El Camino Real (approx. 3 miles) Cross El Camino Real and continue on Cannon Rd. approx. ¼ mile to Wind Trail Way Turn left on Wind Trail Way Follow event directional signs to Robertson Ranch Park for parking and hike sign-in. A map of Carlsbad’s trails can be found at: 


Dan Millman, Peaceful Warrior

Dan Millman,
After topping off his time in high school by winning the US Gymnastics Federation national title on the trampoline, Dan enrolled at UC Berkeley and expanded upon his gymnastic success by winning more championships for trampoline, vault, and floor exercise. In 1966 Millman competed in the Maccabiah Games, winning four gold medals in gymnastics.
Dan graduated in 1968, shortly after he was voted Senior UC Berkeley Athlete of the Year. He then spent 4 years as director of gymnastics at Stanford. During his time at Stanford, Millman cultivated excellence, coaching Olympian Steve Hug and bringing national recognition to the Stanford team. Dan concurrently studied various martial arts during this time, earning a black belt in Aikido.
In 1972 Millman accepted a faculty position at Oberlin University in Ohio. With grant money from Oberlin, Dan travelled to San Francisco, Hawaii, India, and Hong Kong studying the Arica School of thought, practicing yoga, and expanding his martial skills. In short, Dan passionately explored spirituality and self-improvement.
Dan introduced his first book, now titled Body Mind Mastery, establishing his foray into the authorial realm in 1979. Since then Millman has written an impressive 16 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and all focus on the conscious evolution of the mind and body. Dan’s books have been translated to 29 languages and have influenced millions of lives. Perhaps his most popular book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to film in 2006.
Today Dan devotes his time to writing, speaking, and teaching men and women from all backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, sports, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Dan lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife Joy. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.


Workshop/Class for New and Expectant Parents

Join Jennifer - Workshop for New and Expectant Parents
This dynamic and educational class will provide you with the information and skills you need to keep your relationship strong and healthy as “Baby Makes Three”
What to expect when you attend our workshop:
1) Discuss what to expect AFTER your baby arrives. We spend 9 months getting ready for a baby's BIRTH, but very little time planning for life with a newborn.
2) Identify the "4 Signs of Relationship Meltdown" and the steps to prevent/remedy these behaviors.
3) Learn how to build a "Sound Relationship House", from the ground up!
4) Identify various types of infant communication and learn skills to effectively respond to your baby's needs.
5) Learn how to recognize “baby blues” and what to do about it.
6) Address intimacy needs - both emotional and physical.
To Register: Call Jennifer @ (619) 733-6414 or visit our website:


Living With An Addict. What to Do, What Not to Do

Living with an Addict
By Elizabeth Malamed, MFT
Living with an addict can be stressful and painful. There are ways to protect yourself, and inthe process become a healthier, happier person
Remember, it’s not about you. Research shows there are physical causes of addiction
and biological changes that occur when one is
addicted. At a certain point, using drugs
ceases to be about choice. An addict must keep using just to function. Addiction is not a
moral failure, nor is it something you’ve caused. It’s an illness that can be treated.
Learn about the drug(s) being used. Each
drug is different, be it alcohol, cocaine,
methamphetamines, or others. Learn how
it affects the body and the mind, and also
what the symptoms are. Check the Internet
for more information. Some sites to check
are:, and
Find support for yourself. It’s not only the addi
ct who needs help. You’ll benefit from
having people in your life who can suppor
t you. Find a therapist who works with
addicts or people who care for them. Cons
ider attending meetings at Co-Dependents
Anonymous (CODA), Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) or Alanon, which is for
friends and families of alcoholics. Parents of alcoholics and addicts can check out
Tough Love meetings. Schedules of meetings are posted on the Internet. Find people
who have experienced what you are going through. Not everyone isable to understand, but those who do can be a source of strength and support.
Learn about co-dependency. Addicts manipulate the people around them to maintain
their addiction. Although you are trying to help, you may be enabling them to keep
using. Learn about new ways of behaving that can be more helpful for you and the
Be aware there are no easy solutions. Sometim
es, an addict’s behavior will get worse
when you begin to change your behavior to deal with him. This is termed “change-back
behavior,” because it’s an attempt by the addi
ct to get you to revert to the old way of
doing things. If that happens, it's importan
t to keep going. Don’t allow the addict to
control the changes you need to make in your life.
Look at yourself. Family members of addict
s are more likely to engage in similar
behavior like drug addiction, overeating, or compulsive gambling. Take stock of
yourself and your life, and get help if you need it.
Think about intervention. An intervention is
an event, most times led by a professional,
where a group of people, usually family and
friends, come together to lovingly confront
the addict. This act can be particularly he
lpful if the addict does not realize or
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remember what he has done. The end of an
intervention involves a choice by the addict:
Get help or face the consequences. Often, getting help means checking into a treatment
program. Some consequences of not getti
ng help include limiting contact with the
addict or refusing to give the addict money.
Find ways to keep yourself safe and indepe
ndent. If your spouse drinks too much at
parties, bring cab fare, your
own car keys, or plan to get
a ride home. If money is an
issue, separate your finances, or save so
me money for yourself. Find ways to do for
yourself what the addict is supposed to
do for you, but cannot. You’ll minimize the
damage to your life.
Get your own life. You may f
eel like you’re the only person
who can keep an addict
from hurting himself, and that you have to
focus your attention
on the addict. But it
doesn’t help you or the addi
ct to do so. Independent ac
tivities, going to a movie,
making new friends, or taking a class can ge
t you out of the hous
e. Build a life for
yourself away from the addict. You’ll think
more clearly and won’t feel so obsessed.
Over time, you’ll be able to enjoy your life ag
ain whether the addict
gets better or not.
Consider leaving. It can be a lot easier to
cope with an addict in your life when you
aren’t living under the same roof. If that
isn’t possible, make a safe place for yourself
and spend some time alone. It may mean stay
ing up later or getti
ng up earlier, locking
your door, or wearing earplugs. Be creative in
finding ways to make time for yourself.
Know that you can lead a happy and healthy lif
e. You have the power to make changes
in your life for the better, and there ar
e people willing to help. You can do it.