Mental Health and Therapy Resources
Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, childhood trauma, grief, or any other issue you may be experiencing, there are resources available to help you.
I hope these mental health and therapy resources will be helpful to both my clients and those in need of services who simply want more information.
The list below contains both online resources and local resources for those of you living in the San Francisco Bay Area. These resources are here to educate you on various topics, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.
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Crisis Hotlines: Get Help Now
If you or someone else is in a crisis and/or in immediate danger, please call 911 or contact one of the 24/7 hotlines below.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255
San Francisco Suicide Prevention: (415) 781-0500
California Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200
LGBTQIA Youth Lifeline: 1 (866) 488-7386
Alameda County Crisis Line: 1 (800) 309-2131
Contra Costa County Crisis Line: 1 (800) 833-2900
Marin County Crisis Stabilization Unit: (415) 473-6666
Napa County Crisis Line: (707) 253-4711
Santa Clara County Crisis Line: (855) 278-4204
San Mateo County Crisis Line: (650) 579-0350
Solano County Crisis Stabilization Unit: (707) 428-1131
Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit: (707) 576-8181
Anxiety is defined as an unpleasant feeling of nervousness, worry, or fear. Anxiety is more than mental as it often manifests with physical symptoms that can interfere with daily activities - ranging from panic attacks to insomnia. There are various ways to deal with anxiety so that you can live your life with less stress and worries.
Mani Feniger's Journey from Anxiety to Freedom is a practical and accessible book that guides you through the process of recognizing, reducing, and relieving anxiety.
Liberate is a subscription-based meditation app available for android and iOS that was designed for the Black community by 40+ BIPOC teachers.
The Community Institute for Psychotherapy offers this online group for anyone who has noticed that anxiety and depression are interfering with their day-to-day lives every Wednesday from 6:15-7:45 p.m. PST.
There are much more emotions to describe how you feel than “happy” or “sad.” Use this emotion wheel to get a deeper visualization of how you’re feeling at any given moment. This can help you properly communicate your emotions and develop better self-awareness.
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Simple Thought Record
If you find yourself in an overwhelming situation, consider taking a moment to record your thoughts with this cognitive restructuring worksheet. This activity can help you break down the negative thoughts that fuel many anxiety symptoms.
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Depression is a state of low mood and loss of interest in activities that you would normally consider fun and engaging. Recovering from depression is no walk in the park, but you can recover with the right information and support systems in place.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance raises awareness for people living with mood disorders through peer-based, wellness-oriented services and resources. They have a 24/7 crisis hotline and both local and virtual support groups.
The Mindful Way Through Depression walks you through the steps to naturally overcoming your depressive symptoms with mindfulness inspired by Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy.
The Bipolar Child is the voice of thousands of parents and families around the world who want the best treatment for children suffering from mood disorders. Their website not only showcases their critically acclaimed book, but it also gives you access to questionnaires, consultations, and mood disorder research.
Workplace stress can result from the physical and emotional demands of your job, internal and external conflict, and more. If work is affecting your well-being, there are steps you can take to reduce the stress.
If you often find yourself striving for perfection in the workplace to the point where it interferes with your personal life, you might be struggling with emotional over-control. This podcast can help you better understand your tendencies to control situations and learn how to relax and enjoy life.
Racism in the workplace can cause hostility and unfair treatment. If someone directing racial microaggressions towards you, this article can help you navigate the situation and encourage cultural sensitivity in the workplace.
If you’re dealing with a lot of miscommunication in your relationship, you might find it helpful to learn a few ways to check out a few resources that can positively change the way you communicate.
The founders of the Couples Institute are known for their practical approach to couples therapy. Through the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, they can help you understand and work through the issues that occur as you grow in your relationship.
Dr. John Gottman uses a scientific approach to therapy that aims to assist or repair distressed marriages and committed relationships while strengthening happy ones.
This book is comprised of seven practical principles that help couples remain harmonious in their relationships - no matter what issue they may be dealing with.
Attached explains the science behind adult attachment and how it can help you find and sustain healthy relationships.
Therapy can help you identify the root cause of many issues you may be experiencing, which can help you feel better. It can also help you find ways to deal with those issues and the resulting problems.
Therapists of Color is a group of BIPOC therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area who are passionate about helping people feel heard and valued. They don’t have a referral service, but they have a directory of both online and local therapists for you to browse and contact.
Therapy for Black Girls was developed to make therapy accessible and relevant for black women and girls online. You can find a therapist, read their blog, or join their online community.
The Shrink Space offers free, low-fee, or sliding scale therapy for college students, and they have providers available in nearly every state in the U.S.
The NQTTCN helps fight racism, queer and transphobia, and mental health stigma with emotional and spiritual care and therapy. Search their directory for a therapist that understands your unique struggles or browse their resources.
The Crisis Support Services of Alameda County offers safe and confidential group therapy for adults who have attempted suicide.
Grief & Loss
Grief counseling can help you come to terms with the loss of your loved one, cope with unresolved issues, express your emotions in a safe environment, learn new ways of coping with your pain, and share memories about your loved one.
The Dougy Center offers peer grief support for children, teenagers, young adults, and families before and after the loss of a loved one.
David Kessler is an expert on grief and loss. Through informative resources and education, Grief.com helps people make the difficult process of grief a bit simpler.
Return to Zero helps mothers and families who are suffering from the loss of a child.
Peace for Pets offers resources to help you cope with the loss of a pet.
In this video, Dr. Tony Attwood talks about how to assist a child who is on the autism spectrum with the loss of a loved one.
Transitions & Change
Transitions and change are a normal part of life. Sometimes these changes go smoothly, but sometimes they can be overwhelming, stressful, and even traumatic. There are resources available to help you cope with change and learn new ways of getting through the best - or the most difficult - times in your life.
If you are a caregiver for an aging parent, it may be difficult to balance work with your responsibilities as a caregiver - which can include managing finances, physical care, and medical needs. The AARP has resources to help you care for your parents and find balance simultaneously.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s helpful to understand the treatments and resources available to you so you can get the support and care that you need.
Changing careers is a big decision, and while it may be an exciting time, it can also cause a lot of stress. This is especially true when you need to find a new job and aren't sure how to get your foot in the door. Talking with someone who specializes in this area can help you figure out what to do next.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
These neurological conditions are not curable, but they can be treated to delay symptoms or slow progression. Here are a few resources for those struggling with these conditions as well as their caregivers.
The presence of a strong, functional family unit not only provides children with a positive environment, but it also improves emotional well-being. If you'd like to improve the dynamics in your family, here are some resources to help.
Keeping your children stimulated and entertained can be a challenge. Here are some online resources that will help your children explore their creativity, learn about the world around them, and keep them happy when they’re feeling down.
Stanford’s imaginAction is a technique that utilizes our natural capacity to focus and be absorbed in things to help us feel better.
GoNoodle provides a variety of educational and entertaining videos for children using a series of online interactive activities that can be accessed from any device.
GoZen strives to create a more compassionate world by teaching children and teenagers essential life skills that will help them regulate their needs, communicate their emotions, and manage their anger.
NAMI helps parents and families support their children through mental health conditions with treatment tips, support, and resources.
Divorces are often more complicated than people think, so it’s important to have proper support during this time to make things easier for your family.
A co-parenting workshop that helps children and parents through parental separation and divorce.
PACER provides innovative resources for parents, families, and children to address and help prevent bullying for students.
Healing from Trauma
When you’ve experienced trauma, it can be difficult for your mind to relax. To start feeling better, check out some resources to help you identify and address the root cause of the trauma and work towards improving your outlook on life.
The Body Keeps Score explains how trauma reshapes the brain, mind, and body and explores various innovative treatments you can use to recover and reclaim your life.
All About Love dives deep into how a lack of compassion in the world has lead to immense suffering and division. This book explores what love is and how people can use that revelation to make the world a more positive place.
My Grandmother’s Hands examines the generational trauma caused by white supremacy and how it affects every group of people in the United States. This book offers a step-by-step healing process to grow beyond the racial divisions that are engrained within our society.
These resources advocate for the safety, empowerment, and healing of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and abuse.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy method that helps people recover from the trauma by processing distressing memories and events.