California is a state known for its rich diversity – not just in its geography and natural beauty, but in the experiences, challenges, and aspirations of its people. At the Center for Mental Health Excellence (CFMHE), we recognize that this diversity translates into a wide range of mental health needs that require a nuanced, compassionate, and evidence-based approach. As a California-based organization, we are deeply attuned to the complexities of life in the Golden State, and we are committed to providing accessible, affordable, and culturally sensitive care that resonates with the diverse communities we serve.

Recently, our Executive Director, Dr. Veronica Viesca, had the opportunity to share her insights on balancing leadership and life at the AAMFT Certificate of Leadership 2024 Learning Lab program. Drawing from her own experiences navigating the challenges of leading a mental health organization while also providing direct care to clients, Dr. Viesca highlighted the importance of integrating research-informed practices, managing dual roles, and cultivating collaborative leadership in diverse settings – all of which align with CFMHE’s mission to deliver exceptional care to our clients, regardless of where they are in California.

Integrating Research-Informed Leadership Practices

We understand the significance of leveraging research findings to inform our leadership strategies and decision-making processes at CFMHE. Our commitment to evidence-based practices ensures that our Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees provide the highest quality of care to our clients. Dr. Viesca shared examples of how research-informed leadership has contributed to CFMHE’s success in advancing the field of mental health, such as implementing cutting-edge therapeutic approaches and fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.


By staying up-to-date with the latest research and integrating these findings into our leadership practices, we can:

  • Develop innovative solutions to address the complex mental health needs of our clients
  • Optimize our organizational structure and processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities for our staff and therapist trainees
  • Evaluate and refine our services to ensure we are consistently delivering the best possible care


Balancing Dual Roles

Leading a mental health organization while providing compassionate, culturally sensitive care can be challenging. Dr. Viesca addressed the rewards and difficulties of balancing these dual roles, sharing strategies employed by CFMHE’s leadership team to ensure effective time management, boundary-setting, and self-care.


Some key strategies for balancing dual roles include:

  • Prioritizing tasks and delegating responsibilities to ensure a sustainable workload
  • Establishing clear boundaries between work and personal life to prevent burnout
  • Engaging in regular self-care practices, such as mindfulness, exercise, and hobbies
  • Seeking support from colleagues, mentors, and professional networks to navigate challenges and share best practices


We believe that by promoting well-being and sustainability among our staff and therapist trainees, we are better equipped to serve our clients and support their mental health journeys.


Cultivating Collaborative Leadership in Diverse Settings

At CFMHE, we are dedicated to fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment that respects the diverse perspectives and experiences of our clients and staff. Dr. Viesca discussed our approach to building effective teams, promoting open communication, and leveraging diversity to enhance the quality of care we provide.


Collaborative leadership in diverse settings involves:

  • Actively seeking input and feedback from team members with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Creating a safe and inclusive space for open dialogue and the exchange of ideas
  • Recognizing and valuing the unique strengths and contributions of each individual
  • Providing ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to promote cultural competence and sensitivity
  • Adapting leadership styles and communication approaches to effectively engage with diverse team members and clients


By embracing collaborative leadership, we can deliver personalized, client-centered care that addresses the unique needs of individuals, couples, and families from various backgrounds.


Our Services and Commitment to Excellence

At CFMHE, we are dedicated to providing exceptional, affordable mental health services through our skilled therapist trainees and evidence-based approaches. Our wide range of services includes:

  • Individual therapy
  • Couple therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Telehealth services that allow clients to access care from the comfort of their own homes


Our therapist trainees are well-versed in a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and family systems therapy, enabling them to tailor their approach to each client’s unique needs and goals.


Take the First Step Towards a Happier, Healthier Life

At CFMHE, we understand that seeking mental health support can be a daunting task, especially in a state as vast and diverse as California. That’s why we are passionate about making our services accessible, affordable, and tailored to the unique needs of our clients. Whether you’re navigating the challenges of balancing work and life, coping with stress and anxiety, or seeking to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships, our compassionate therapist trainees are here to support you every step of the way. With our telehealth services, you can access the care you need from the comfort and privacy of your own home, no matter where you are in California. Take the first step towards a brighter future by scheduling a free 15-minute consultation with one of our skilled and empathetic therapist trainees today. Together, we can work towards building the resilience, self-awareness, and coping skills necessary to thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

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