Who I Am

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Serving Individuals, Couples, Families And Groups

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After graduating from The University San Francisco's Counseling Psychology Program, I interned in both non-profit agencies and private practice settings. I had tremendous mentors, training and support on my way to becoming licensed by the State of California. In 1998, I opened A Balanced Approach Counseling and Training Center to serve the needs of individuals, couples and families.

I am dedicated to keeping my education and skills current and growing. I am a Certified Imago Relationship Specialist and a Certified Telemental Health provider. I believe in the power of education, and am proud to offer my colleagues high quality continuing education to support their growth as well. I offer large and small group skills and support training groups for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs, as well as case consultation and development services for licensed and pre-licensed therapists.

With over two decades of clinical experience, I can honestly say I have the greatest job in the world! I see my clients transform from “wanting to” to “doing” and from "wishing” to “being”.

Are you ready for a change? Let me help!
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Pamela Suraci, MA is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License # MFC33888)

What I do

Therapy is about two things – Change and Relationship.

Change is hard for all of us. We often get in our own way when something new comes along. Sometimes, it’s as basic as needing a shift in perspective or it’s simply a hard season. Other times it may feel like a complete overhaul is in order. We humans area infinitely adaptable as long as we have the support and skills we need to navigate change. The longer we wait to ask for help when we need it, the more we delay our sense of peace and confidence.

I rely on well-respected theories and frameworks, in combination with practical, real-life skill-building to support my clients. I will help you identify and build on the strengths you already have, establish and plan for goals, and offer you practical and instantly-applicable tools so you can more successfully approach challenges, manage stress and anxiety, and regain your hope.

Relationships are essential to us. Just imagine what your life would be like if your relationships received the kind of time, energy and attention as your job, friendships, children, and hobbies. That could be a life-changer! Without thought, skills and energy invested in your close connections how much can you really expect? In times of distress, we often lack the tools and skills needed to stay connected to those we love the most.

Don’t suffer needlessly. Let me help you, your partner and your family work together to learn practical skills to use right away in service to the relationships you live in every single day.

And couples...when you find yourself disconnected, don’t miss the chance to grow back together. As a Certified Imago Therapist, I can help you find your way back to your emotional home together. If you have never tried Imago, you owe it to yourselves to see how this powerful model heals and transforms sorrow and stress to connection and contact.

I have over 25 years of experience as therapist, coach, workshop leader and trainer. Give me a call so you can begin improving your most precious connections

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Pamela with a friend

There is no “one size fits all” therapy or therapist. If I can’t help you, I probably know someone

who can, so call today and start on the path to health, connection and a more fully-lived life.