- Clinical Focus
- Crisis Support
Local Therapy, Counseling, Self-Help and Mental Health Links
Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization promoting recovery
and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and
family support services. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach over
2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties.
The emphasis of TMHA's many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and
build a framework for community re-entry. TMHA offers housing, employment, case
management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support,
resources and education for their loved ones.
SLO County Behavioral Health offers mental health treatment services for SLO county’s
youth, adults, and senior citizens and help with family, personal, or psychiatric issues.
They have clinics located in the North County, South County, and in San Luis Obispo.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help,
support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with
severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. NAMI SLOCO is a non-profit
organization of consumers as well as families, and friends of people with severe mental
illnesses Members provide educational and emotional support for each other and
advocate for better understanding, treatment and care of people with mental illness.
CCC provides short-term psychological counseling services and counseling information
to San Luis Obispo County residents whose circumstances are not appropriate for
existing public mental health resources or who cannot afford private services. Fees
are based on sliding scale according to each client's ability to pay. Persons who are
financially able, through income or insurance coverage, to use private services are offered
referrals. They provide up to ten (10) sessions of family, couple, or individual counseling
for relationship issues, bereavement issues, parenting problems and life transition
situations, all of which are suitable for short-term treatment.
The Autism Spectrum Center brings together and empowers individuals, families, and
professionals for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those affected by autism
Tri-Counties Regional Center provides supports and services for children and adults
with developmental disabilities living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties so that they may live fully and safely as active and independent members of our
Drug and Alcohol Services offers a variety of services and programs to help people with
drug and alcohol problems, including public walk-in clinics, prevention programs, youth
and adult programs, and court-mandated programs.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience,
strength and hope with each other that they solve their common problem and help
others to recover from alcoholism . Site has information on AA, a meeting directory, and
The North County Connection is located in Atascadero California. Grass roots driven and
largely staffed by dedicated volunteers, NCC operates on the premise that treatment alone
is not enough to cope with the devastation of drug and alcohol related problems. The
center hosts many self-help meetings, a walk in and telephone referral service, a recovery
oriented book, video, and audio library, and a safe, drug and alcohol free place to go for
support. See their Meetings page for a listing of many self-help meetings throughout the
Free and confidential 24-hr crisis & support lines for survivors of sexual assault. The
SART Advocacy program ensures accompaniment at sexual assault forensic medical
exams, during law enforcement interviews, and during any other criminal justice
proceedings when the victim wants an advocate, and provides in-depth follow-up services
to the individual. The counseling program offers individual clinical counseling and
can work with both survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. All services are
available on a sliding fee scale and no client will be turned away due to an inability to
The Women's Shelter Program is committed to recognizing and responding to our
community's need for comprehensive multicultural domestic violence and child abuse
services. The Women’s Shelter Program understands that domestic violence and child
abuse, in their fullest scope, impacts primary victims, family members, society, and
future generations. With this in mind, it is their goal to stop the cycle of violence by
providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention and
The North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center provides emergency shelter,
counseling services, advocacy, case management and support to survivors of intimate
partner violence and their children. The North County Women’s Shelter provides women
and their children with a safe, confidential space for healing and recovery.
Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County offers a variety of free and confidential
services, including: a web-based family resource center with a current list of parenting
classes and parenting support services, an information line to help parents find
appropriate classes and parenting resources in their area with professional Parent Coaches
who can answer parenting questions and provide support.