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Community Allies For Psychological Empowerment



We are professionals committed to the provision of accessible community mental health services. As such, the vision of CAPE is to bring together the best of innovative training programs, existing neighborhood resources, and available non-profit support structures. With these, we can rise to the challenge of providing state licensed professional mental health services to communities with limited resources.

CAPE provides the mental health professionals and programming, while our neighborhood partners provide physical locations for counseling and administrative space. We have signed agreements with a variety of neighborhood partners throughout San Diego County, allowing us to provide a multitude of services at their sites. We will continue to develop partnerships to support and expand existing programs, and provide new safety nets for at-risk communities in and around San Diego.

Mission Statement Related Goals:

1. CAPE is a setting for MFT and PCC students to receive supervised training from licensed professionals. Students are trained in the application, development, and refinement of psychotherapy and assessment skills. Our training standards include:

a. Maintaining the highest level of professional ethics, following all legal mandates established by federal and state regulations.

b. Modeling professionalism, integrity, collaboration, and mentorship.

c. Facilitating multicultural receptiveness and clinical competence in working with diverse populations.

d. Utilizing best practices and diagnostic tools including the DSM-5.

2. CAPE offers high-quality, affordable, clinical services to the ethno-racially diverse individuals living in and around San Diego County. We serve adults, children, families, and couples. Our service fees range from no to low cost based upon the particular resources of each client. CAPE intends to bring mental health care back into the neighborhoods of San Diego County.


CAPE’s assessment and clinical services are delivered by a range of students in marriage and family therapy, and clinical mental health counseling. All clinical and forensic services, including assessment, treatment, and reports are supervised by Eric Marcus, M.D., A Board Certified Psychiatrist.

License #A19220.


Our clientele is made up of a variety of ethno-racially diverse, underserved individuals living in or around San Diego County.

We are committed to ensuring that students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively with patients/clients who embody intersecting demographics, attitudes, beliefs, and values. Consistent with this principle, CAPE’s policy prohibits discrimination of clients/patients on the basis of age, gender, gender identification, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.


CAPE typically operates Monday through Friday with appointments ranging from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM depending on the client/patient and clinician schedule. However, group sessions are usually held during the evening, between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM, with slight variations in time that may occur depending upon group need. Weekend appointments are accommodated as needed on a case-by-case basis.

MFT and PCC Trainees work 10-20 hours per week. Mandatory training and supervision takes place each Friday 11:00AM - 3:00PM.


CAPE does not provide after – hours coverage. If services are needed after office hours, please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.


All information related to CAPE clients is held under strict confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations.

For information, contact Deborah Freeman, CAPE Director at (619) 569-0047. Email:


El Cajon, CA 92020

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