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STCS in the Community

Behind the Scenes Staff Picture Day!

The STCS crew always finds ways to have fun together. If you ask us what the best part about working at STCS is, usually the response is “we all genuinely like each other and are friends” and you can definitely see the bonds and connection in our pix!

STCS Team Building and Celebrations

The STCS crew knows how to have fun and create spaces where everyone belongs. We take several days a year to create and maintain a strong and safe culture at STCS. We find creative ways to work together, challenge ourselves, and build strong relationships. Celebrating one another’s accomplishments is one of our favorite activities at STCS!

DEIB Meetings

We prioritize Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at STCS by learning and growing together, on a regular basis. We provide training and education to staff at least once a month and we are able to share ideas and create change within and outside of STCS by making intentional time to collaborate and take action together. You’ll see some of our “DEIB in action” activities in our contract to provide support to Planned Parenthood staff, Women’s Empowerment Weekends, Trips to cultural centers and museums, and other community projects.

Planned Parenthood Partnership

The team at Stronger Together travels to Planned Parenthood Health Centers and administrative offices in the Pacific Southwest Region and offers trauma informed-social justice oriented support groups for staff members in all roles. The STCS crew is dedicated to supporting the important work that Planned Parenthood does in our community and across the US. We are honored to assist the organization as they face social and political challenges and continue to provide excellent care to people who need them the most.

Fun in the Office

The work we do at STCS is meaningful, fulfilling, inspiring and it can be challenging. Having a team of people to support you, make you laugh, and connect with you makes the tough days easier and the fun times even better. We work to create an inclusive space where everyone feels welcome and knows they matter!

Women’s Empowerment Weekends

STCS Values in Action! We are honored to support women+ on their journey to self -confidence as they identify the roots of anxiety, learn coping skills, and build community with others with similar stories. Each workshop is unique and filled with activities that that allow women+ to embody empowerment and lean into their strengths. Many of our groups center around creative practices, physical activities, and emotional processing work. If you have questions or would like to register for an upcoming event, please email Dr. Brownlee at Scholarships and Payment Plans are available for everyone who attends.

Staff Shore Strolls

Connecting in nature is an essential part of the Stronger Together team culture. Each month we set aside time to stroll on a local beach or bay shore! These times are so special and allow us to appreciate the beauty of the water and relax together.

Paddle Boarding

The STCS team gets together often to connect and refresh our connection to each other and nature! We find that spending time together outside of work helps us to build strong relationships that help us get through challenging times!

She Fest 2022

We made some wonderful community connections and had a great time with our team!

She Fest celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of LGBTQ+ women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBTQ+ and larger San Diego communities.

San Diego Pride 2022

We showed our support to our LGBTQ+ community and celebrated Pride together!

“Pride brings us together in times of protest, mourning, victory, and celebration. Pride helps connect us to community and our found family.” – Fernando Z. López, San Diego Pride Executive Director.

Birch Aquarium

The STCS team loves to explore! We also like to support programs doing good work for our community and environment. Did you know that Promoting, practicing, and educating about conservation arethe primary priorities of the Birch Aquarium’s mission?


STCS loves to host fundraisers in the community and support local businesses! We also appreciate all of the love and kindness we receive when we are out and about talking about our work! We’ve been able to raise funds for our Domestic Violence Survivor’s Retreat, our suicide prevention efforts, and the LGBTQIA+ clients we serve, so we can offer low and no fee services to those receiving therapy at STCS.


We really value the opportunity to come together and conquer challenges! One of our favorite team building events is the Cowles Mountain hike! It is so fun to take people up for the first time and high five them as they touch the statue at the top!

Animal Adventures

Our team loves to play with animals and bring them into our work! Always a good time when we can pet, hang out with, and love some furry friends!

STCS Staff Groups

We recognize the need to take care of ourselves and heal in our own community. STCS facilitates staff groups where we come together and grow through our shared struggles, it is very important that we practice doing the work we as our clients to! A bonus, we get to connect with one another and undo our own alone-ness as mental health providers!

Barona Cultural Center

We had the honor of visiting the Barona Cultural Center inOctober 2023. We walked away with invaluable knowledge and increased cultural awareness that greatly shifted our global perspectives. The Barona Cultural Center staff created a full day of experiential learning, including some amazing hands-on activities and a museum tour.

Dog Halloween Party

STCS hosted a dog Halloween costume contest in 2021 to raise funds for our work with low and no fee clients. And the winner was…. BUTTERFLY! Thanks to everyone who supported us and if you are interested in donating to STCS please visit us at:

Zoo Day!

In 2022 we held our annual leadership team outing at the San Diego Zoo! We enjoyed our time together, supporting conservation efforts and learning about animals!

Boo Bash

We put our values into action at the 2022 Boo Bash event. Our team supported the event hosted by TransFamily Support Services by participating in the Wall of Love (a barrier between youth entering the event and protestors) to ensure that children and their families were met with kind faces and joyous expressions of excitement! To learn more about TransFamily Support Services and the important services they provide to the community please visit

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