I opened A Balanced Approach Counseling and Training Center in 1998 to provide support to individuals, couples and families in times of difficulty and stress. Since that time, I have pursued extensive training to keep my skills current and helpful, and along the way I’ve continue to grow ever-more appreciative of human resilience and strength.
With nearly three 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”.
Humans need connection and our world doesn’t always make that easy. I can help you figure out where your “disconnects” are, and how to “re-wire” them for health. Life is pretty short, and if you can find a more efficient way to attain health, you should – that’s what therapy is all about!
If you work with me, you will find that I am practical and creative, that I believe in collaborative work with my clients to build the “blocks” of health that will endure through the usual, and unusual, life events. I can help you set goals and reach them while building the skills you need for a happy, healthy life.
Pat Love, an internationally respected therapist, describes marriage as “building a plane while you are flying it”. I think that really applies to our whole life, not just marriage. I am like a “consulting mechanic” as you build your plane. Let’s make it fly as smoothly as possible!
I am dedicated to providing the best possible services to my clients, and will only work with those I can help. I offer a free introductory 15 minute video consult to make sure my skills match your needs. It also gives you a chance to meet me and ask any questions you have about therapy. If I can’t help you, I will do my best to help you find someone who can, because I want you to have the right fit for you.
Are you ready for a change? Let me help!
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 are 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.
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.