Local Therapy, Counseling, Self-Help and Mental Health Links

Transitions Mental Health Association

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.

San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health

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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Luis Obispo County

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.

Community Counseling Center

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.

Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center

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
spectrum disorders.

Tri-Counties Regional Center

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

San Luis Obispo County Drug and Alcohol Services

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 Central Coast

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
other resources.

North County Connection and Links to 12-Step and other Support Groups

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

RISE- Crisis Intervention and Treatment Services to Survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

RISE is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors
of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially,
at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability.
All crisis services are available in Spanish and English.  RISE was born from the combination of two
vital organizations in San Luis Obispo County: The North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center
and the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County. These nonprofits merged in
2013 to create a stronger, more effective agency.

Stand Strong -Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County

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

Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County

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.