Community Meeting: Know Your Therapies

Which therapy is best for you or a loved one?

A half-dozen Monterey County therapeutic specialists will explain their specialities during a special workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Marina Library Community Room, 190 Seaside Circle.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

The professionals will describe their specific modalities and how they benefit those with mental disorders, particularly depression, anxiety and addiction. A question-and-answer period will follow. The discussion will be moderated by Bonnie Bufkin, an MFT from Carmel.

The presenters and their topics include:

* Meika Hamisch, LMFT, Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Practice.

* Richard Vielle, PhD, Neurofeedback.

* Bonnie Rose Fernandez, LMFT, DBT

* Jennifer Allen, LMFT, Art Therapy.

* Heather Crimson, LMFT, EMDR.

Another panelist will discuss Transcranial Magnetic Therapy.

Snacks will be provided. The panel discussion is sponsored by NAMI Monterey County. For more information, call 831-375-6264.

Introduction to NAMI

NAMI Monterey County is a grassroots nonprofit designed to support family members and others who have loved ones suffering from a mental illness. We offer programs for families and consumers, advocate on behalf of those with mental illnesses, and hold a variety of educational workshops and programs throughout Monterey County. We are affiliated with NAMI California and NAMI National.

NAMI Monterey County Mission Statement:

NAMI Monterey County offers hope and reduction of stigma associated with mental illness through education, advocacy, service access, and support for families and their loved ones living with a mental illness. To this end, the agency seeks to enhance the quality and fulfillment of their lives through wellness and recovery.

NAMI Monterey County believes in:

* Education. Education for individuals living with mental illness, their families and the community is important to dispel stigma and ignorance regarding mental illness. We believe that education and information is a vital tool to living with a mental illness.

* Advocacy. NAMI Monterey County believes in advocating for legislation and benefits for those living with mental illness. We use our voice within the state and federal system to support and improve the quality of life for those who are mentally ill.

* Service Access. Our mission is to provide up-to-date information for anyone wanting to learn about mental illness. We work closely with other local resources to provide assistance to those in need.

* Support. NAMI Monterey County provides many classes and support groups for family members and their loved ones. These classes and support groups provide a safe place for family members to get the encouragement they need and to know that they are not alone.