Press Releases

ECDA’s Back-to-School Event Catered to 250 Students

For the past 45 years, El Centro de Amistad has been committed to providing a wide range of mental health services and family support to children, adults, and families in the San Fernando Valley. Giving back is very important to ECDA as it helps unite our community and brings happiness to less fortunate families, especially […]

Finding Hope in Therapy After Pandemic Fatigue

Susana is a 17-year-old Latinx client, who returned to El Centro de Amistad for treatment due to increased depressive symptoms after the pandemic. At first, Susana was apprehensive about returning to therapy, but her Mother advocated for her to get support. The client lived with her biological mother and father and her two older sisters. […]

Thank You for Joining Us at Our Virtual Mental Health Conference!

We would like to thank you for giving your valuable time and attention during our 2nd Annual Virtual Mental Health Conference that took place on Wednesday, May 11 in which we explored topics of Culture, Equity, and Race in Mental Health. With over three hundred viewers tuning in live to the conference via YouTube and […]

How To Help a Student Prepare With the Back-to-School Jitters

We can all agree that starting anything new can be stressful. And when that happens it is helpful to feel understood and supported. We will share helpful tools that can help teachers, family members, parents, grandparents, or anyone who has a student assist the student with preparing for the nervousness or anxiety that comes from […]

How Therapy Helped Pamela Turn Her Life Around

Pamela is a 29-year-old Latina female who began therapy to deal with unresolved childhood issues, grief and loss, substance use, and having her three children removed from her custody due to neglect. At the onset of therapy, she presented as a highly anxious person who seemed overwhelmed with her life circumstances and responsibilities. As a […]

Thankful for Our Wonderful Team of Social Workers

Having come from a low-income family and relied on the numerous helpers in the community, Misty Farber was inspired to become a licensed clinical social worker. In her 20s, her mother was in the hospital when they received support from a social worker “who helped us through things and processing when we lost her.” Today, […]

Making Your Mental Health Priority

May is mental health month in the U.S, and it’s a moment to explore the importance of your mental health. It is easy to get lost in the routine of our everyday lives; caring for loved ones, going to work/school, finishing household chores, etc. The actions of our daily lives overshadow and engulf the importance […]

Alexa’s Success Story

Alexa is an 18-year-old Hispanic female referred to El Centro de Amistad in 2020 by Access, Department of Mental Health. She was referred due to symptoms of depression, self-harm behaviors, and a history of trauma and neglect. Alexa has since been working with MHC Tejeda and Case Manager Romero to alleviate her trauma and depression […]

Rodriguez Family Success Story

The Rodriguez family was referred to El Centro De Amistad by a School Social Worker and began treatment with therapist Navarro, Associate Social Worker, in March of 2019. The family was composed of a mother, a father, and three children. The child client was seven years old when he entered treatment under El Centro de […]