Irvine Community Counseling Center Celebrates “15 Years of Mental Health Training and Servce”

On June 12, staff and friends of the Irvine Community Counseling Center, one of GSEP’s three counseling clinics serving the public of Southern California, celebrated “15 Years of Mental Health Training and Service” at the Newport Beach home of Patty Dies, an alumna of the clinic. Center director Dr. Duncan Wigg made remarks on the facility’s history, current status, and future. Attendees, including GSEP associate dean of psychology Dr. Robert deMayo, discussed the clinic’s many recent accomplishments, such as successful partnerships with local transitional living facility Village of Hope.

“It was a very wonderful experience to meet up with so many previous students who trained and served over the years at the Community Counseling Center,” Wigg professed. “It prompted me to reflect on all those who contributed so significantly to the growth and reputation of our clinic and all those that we assisted in their struggles to overcome problems. It was particularly exciting to hear about the professional and personal achievements of
our outstanding alumni.”

The Irvine clinicians, consisting of GSEP students gaining hours for licensure and providing treatment under supervision, specialize in treating individuals, couples, and families with marital and relationship concerns, domestic intimidation, behavioral problems in children and adolescents, attention and academic problems in children, single-parenting issues, blended- or step-family issues, depression, anxiety, individual and family adjustment to chronic illness, grief resolution, substance abuse, postpartum distress, aging concerns, and stress and lifestyle management.

“The reception was a lovely tribute to Dr. Wigg and the extraordinary work he and his students have accomplished at the Irvine Counseling Center for the past 15 years,” said deMayo. “Throughout this time, the clinic has provided high-quality services to thousands of Orange County residents who would not otherwise have been able to afford psychological care. I am particularly excited about the clinic Dr. Wigg has established at the Village of Hope at the Orange County Rescue Mission. It is a wonderful extension of the clinic’s efforts to serve under-resourced communities. The students and alumni of the clinic are a shining example of the GSEP mission to encourage lives of purpose, service, and leadership.”

From left to right: Dr. Duncan Wigg; Patty Dies, Deanna Daniels, and Rose Anderson, cofounders of MAPS Counseling Centre; and John DePaola, who works with Wigg at the transitional living facility, Village of Hope. The latter four individuals are alumni of the GSEP marriage and family therapy program, as well as the Irvine clinic.

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