Counseling & Crisis Support


Finding the right mental health therapist for your child can be challenging. You want to find a therapist who has experience working with young children and with whom you and your child are comfortable. It is important to ask questions and listen carefully to the answers to make sure that any therapist who may work with your child has the training and experience to effectively provide help. It is helpful to schedule a phone interview or a brief meeting to “interview” the therapist prior to your child’s first visit.
Finding the Right Therapist Guide (children 0-6)

Possible Mental Health Therapists to get you started: Mental Health Therapists
Parent Connection does not endorse the mental health therapists listed. The information is provided to assist parents in their search for support services that are appropriate for their family’s needs.
A note to SLO Therapists: If you are interested in being included on the list, please send your name, location, contact information (website), and specialization to

Play Therapy: Play therapy is used to provide children with a voice to make sense and meaning out of their world. It can be a tool for understanding behaviors and for diagnosis, but it can also be a way of helping children work through trauma and other difficult life experiences. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child.

If you’re looking for Play Therapy in San Luis Obispo County, click here for a list of possible providers.

If you are a CenCal member (Medi-Cal), contact your primary care physician/pediatrician to discuss your concerns or call Managed Care in SLO County (1-800-838-1381) for an appropriate mental health referral.
CenCal Mental Health Quick Reference Guide


As a leader in psychiatric care, Vista del Mar Hospital is committed to providing safe and secure psychiatric inpatient care for adolescents (ages 12 to 17 years of age). During this time, some adolescents experience disabling symptoms such as:
Depression and Hopelessness
Self-Injury or Suicidal Behavior
Rebellion, Defiance or Aggression
Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse

The purpose of Vista del Mar Hospital’s Adolescent Inpatient Unit is stabilization and safety. The treatment team’s goal is to stabilize and deal with the crisis by reducing the symptoms to help adolescents develop more appropriate coping and social skills. Vista del Mar Hospital serves the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

For more information or to speak with someone in our assessment and referral department, please call (805) 653-6434 or click Here for more information.


The Cal Poly Community Counseling Clinic offers short-term counseling and consultation to San Luis Obispo County residents who do not qualify for County Mental Health Services or who cannot afford private psychotherapy.
Counseling is available to children, youth, families, individuals, and couples. This counseling service is staffed by well-educated and trained graduate students in the Master of Science Psychology Program under the supervision of clinically licensed psychologists in the Psychology and Child Development Department.
Counseling is provided as a service to the community for a modest fee based on a sliding scale that ranges from $3 to $15 per session. No one is denied services on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or ability to pay for counseling services.
Call (805) 756-1532 for more information. A clinic staff member will return your call within 24 hours.


The Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast is a nonprofit organization located in San Luis Obispo, dedicated to providing child development and therapeutic services to strengthen families regardless of income or situation. With a professional staff of teachers, therapists, and administrators, CDRC supports family involvement and school readiness. Core components include: therapeutic interventions, case management with referrals to other agencies to access essential community services, parent education and advocacy to expand parents’ capabilities and to foster the best possible development of all family members.
In addition to full-day childcare and a therapy program for children ages 2 to 5, CDRC provides a school   readiness/transition program for children entering kindergarten. The childcare program is divided into three classrooms: toddler, preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. The professional staff provides family counseling, group &  individual play therapy for children, and a child nutrition program (providing 80% of each child’s daily nutritional needs). 
More information can be found at or call (805) 544-0801


Community Counseling Center is a non-profit organization that provides short term, affordable counseling for residents of San Luis Obispo County.
CCC offers counseling to children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Issues include: anxiety, depression, grief, anger, stress, eating disorders, as well as marital and family issues, parenting and gay/lesbian issues. Our focus is on concerns that can be helped by short-term counseling. We cannot address crisis situations, substance abuse or chronic mental health problems.
COST: Sliding scale fees are based on the client’s ability to pay. All client fees are used to help the agency.
To start counseling: If you would like counseling, please phone us at 543-7969. We will set up an intake appointment or refer you to outside services if appropriate. An information and referral service is also available, connecting families with a wide range of community resources throughout San Luis Obispo County.
1129 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo
(805) 543-7969


Youth Mental Help

The Youth Mental Health Services Division of the Behavioral Health Department provides a range of services for children and youth affected by mental illness, trauma, and environmental stress. These services include individual and family therapy, rehabilitation, case management, and psychiatric care.

Services assist children and youth in the recovery and discovery processes, helping them to achieve their highest quality of life by providing culturally competent, strength-based, and client- and family-centered strategies that utilize best practices.

Our goal is to instill hope and optimism, assisting children and families to develop mastery over their own lives, and helping them to thrive in their homes, schools, and communities.

For prevention and youth substance use treatment information, please visit the Behavioral Health Department’s Prevention & Outreach Division

For more information please contact:
Community Counseling Center
1129 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 543-7969
Fax: (805) 543-0859

See Here for more information.



Our approach is solution focused, experiential and inspirational. We offer counseling by a licensed marriage and family therapist for children & families. We have specifically designed programs based on each clients concerns and objectives for treatment.
Conditions we treat include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autism/Asperger’s
  • Relationship problems
  • Life Transitions

EAP partners with horses as part of the therapy sessions to provide an experiential body centered approach to working through mental health challenges. These more deep seated issues or behavioral patterns may cause disruptions in daily functioning or interfere with healthy relationships. Through interactive exercises with horses, a person may be compelled through actual hands on work to uncover and confront personal fears, anxieties and unhealthy thought processes. The experience is non threatening in that the horses may simply react to the energy present without the need to coerce clients for feedback, and thus, the client is free to move at the pace that is comfortable to him or her. Some sessions have little or no talking, focusing on non-verbal communication and internal processes and other times the client may feel inclined to share what’s going on to express thoughts that arise, gain clarity or look for guidance.

Contact: or call 805-762-4862



Services Provided: Mental health services for children and families. The Children’s Clinic is staffed with licensed therapists who provide individual, family, and group counseling to children up to age 21 and their families. Families served in the Clinic have an array of presenting issues, including: adjustment to adoption or permanence, attachment difficulties, anxiety and depression, grief, attention deficit disorder, behavioral symptoms, family conflict, questions surrounding identity, sensory integration deficits.

Contact Information: Seneca   6850 Morro Road, Atascadero  93422

(805) 434-2449


Lifestyles Recovery Center  is a walk-in clinic offering group sessions and individual counseling to individuals who are dealing with the problems of drug and alcohol addiction and anger management.
Click here for a list of services.
Lifestyles’ mission is provide a safe environment for those seeking assistance in recovering from addictive behaviors and the need to heal from damaged emotions.
Phone: (805) 238-2290
715 24th Street, Suite P, Paso Robles


Mental health treatment services for SLO county’s youth, including help with family, personal, or psychiatric issues. Clinics are located in the North County, South County, and in San Luis Obispo.
To access services, or for immediate help, please call 1-800-838-1381. This emergency number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
During office hours, Mental Services can be reached at (805) 781-4700. Walk-in services are available in SLO, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande.


NAMI SLOCO is a non-profit organization of 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. Extensive training is provided by NAMI for those members leading support groups and classes. NAMI SLOCO is affiliated with the NAMI California and NAMI National.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members. All course materials are furnished at no cost. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.The

For a current schedule of classes:


National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 800.799.SAFE
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 866.331.9474
24-hour support through safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic & dating violence.

National Sexual Abuse Hotline: 800.656.4673
Victims of sexual violence receive free, confidential services around the clock.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.TALK
Deaf Hotline: 800.799.4889
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling the lifeline you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Boy’s Town National Hotline: 800.448.3000
Support for teens and parents, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by specially trained counselors. Services include: Spanish-speaking counselors, translation services for 140+ languages and a TDD line (1-800-448-1833) for speech-impaired and deaf callers.

The Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386
The Trevor Lifeline is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24, who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk. Our trained volunteer counselors are here to support you 24/7.

Self-Injury Foundation: 888.962.6774
The mission of the Self-Injury Foundation is to provide support and education for self-injurers, their loved ones and the professionals that work with them.

National Association for Anorexia Nervosa
& Associated Eating Disorders: 630.577.1330
The helpline operates 9 AM-5 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday. We can help you find the treatment to fit your needs.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 800.950.NAMI
An information and referral service which can be reached, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST. Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness.

California Youth Crisis Line: 800.843.5200
The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) is a statewide, toll free, 24-hour, confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages 12-24 and/or any adults supporting youth.

National Parent Helpline® 855.4A PARENT (855.427.2736)
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the to get emotional support from a trained advocate. Operated by Parents Anonymous® Inc.
Monday through Friday
10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST

Pediatric Therapy Solutions

Occupation Therapy Services.

Serving Children on the Central Coast since 1999

Lisa Moreno, OTR/L
Laura Cooper, OTR/L

187 Tank Farm Rd, Suite 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone/fax 805-545-8699


ALPHA Pregnancy and Parenting Support: Postpartum Depression Support Warmline: 805-541-3367
Alpha staff respond to Postpartum Depression Support Line calls. We provide emotional support, educational and assessment services. By working with our partners at Community Counseling Center and other professional treatment providers, we connect pregnant/postpartum women and their families with qualified treatment services and accessible health resources as needed.

Visit their website HERE for more information.

ALPHA- Línea de Apoyo para la depresión posparto: 805-541-3367
Aqui en ALPHA, tenemos una Linea de Apoyo para las llamadas que recibimos sobre Depresión Postparto. Proveemos apoyo emocional, educacional, y servicios de asesoría. Trabajamos juntos como una red de apoyo en el condado de San Luis Obispo, incluyendo el Community Counseling Center (Centro de Consejeria de la Comunidad) y otros proveedores profesionales de tratamiento. Conectamos mujeres embarazadas/postparto y sus familias con servicios de tratamiento de calidad, y con recursos acesibles de salud.


Postpartum Depression Support Group Flyer
For new mothers experiencing the baby blues, or are having difficulty adjusting to motherhood. This support group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Babies and support persons welcomed!
Meets monthly-third Wednesday of every month from noon – 1:30 pm.
Postpartum classes & support groups are complimentary for parents delivering at Twin Cities.
For more information Click Here


Parenting Support Groups for Women and Children Affected by Intimate Partner Violence and/or Sexual Assault
On-going Parenting & Children’s Support Groups
These weekly groups are for women and their children (separate groups running at the same time) with a focus on supporting and developing parenting skills after (or during) trauma related to IPV or SA. These are closed groups: Please call to confirm dates and register for the next 8-week group.

Mondays 9:30am – 11am. 1030 Vine Street, Paso Robles.
Parenting group facilitated by Denise Kilimnik.
Children’s group facilitated by Christina Azruei.

Creating Safety
A Domestic Violence Support Group for Women
This weekly group is for adult women with a focus on healing trauma from violence in relationships including physical. emotional. verbal, or financial abuse and on creating healthy relationships.

Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7pm. 1030 Vine Street, Paso Robles.
Facilitated by Christina Azruei and Maia Kiley.

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault
An On-going Women’s Support Group
This weekly group is for adult women with a focus on healing trauma from childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault.

Thursdays 12pm – 1:30pm. 1030 Vine Street, Paso Robles.
Fridays 10am – 11:30am. 51 Zaca Ln. Suite 140, San Luis Obispo.
Facilitated by Christina Azruei and Lara Laity

Please call 805-226-5400 Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm for additional information or to request a referral to individual counseling services.


SLO Hotline @ 1.805.783-0607 is an emotional and mental health support, resource and referral, crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone line serving San Luis Obispo County. It is confidential, free of charge, and is answered by well trained volunteers 24 hours every day. SLO Hotline is a program of Transitions-Mental Health Association, a community-based nonprofit.


Wellness Centers:
1306 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, (805) 541-6813
Safe Haven, 203 Bridge Street, Arroyo Grande, (805) 489-9659
5850 West Mall, Atascadero, (805) 464-0512
The Wellness Centers offer person-centered, recovery based supports focusing on life enrichment, personal development, peer connection, mental health education, social skill development, and linkage to community resources. The centers provide a variety of workshops and support services gauged for multiple age groups and various cultures, helping to enhance each member’s sense of wellness, recovery, and self-advocacy. Our Wellness Centers focus on the individual person and their journey to wellness, not on their mental illness. We provide education, empowerment, and support so that each member can achieve the goals they set for themselves. Living well mentally, emotionally, and physically is what our Wellness Centers are all about.

Opportunities at the Wellness Center:


Tidelands Counseling is a therapy practice committed to providing you with caring, effective, client-centered therapy services. We are a growing practice with three therapists on staff who have a wide range of interests, experience and training. We offer individual, couples, family and group counseling for adults, teens & children.

Mat Chirman, MS, LMFT
Director, Tidelands Counseling
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 105
San Luis Obispo
Phone: 805-543-5060
Fax: 888-364-3845

For more information about services and/or group therapy visit:


Women’s Shelter Program of SLO County:  a haven where intimate partner violence victims and their children can find safety from the people who abuse them and receive emotional support and resources for themselves and their children. The comprehensive program includes: counseling/support groups, case management, referrals, food, clothing, assistance with pets, clothing, legal services/assistance and advocacy.

Child Abuse Treatment Program (CHAT):
Integrated services for victims of child abuse & non-offending family members at no cost.
(805) 473-6507

Counseling Services for child trauma victims and adult victims of domestic violence in its San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach counseling offices.
Free weekly, scheduled counseling will be offered to assist adults and children heal from the trauma of violence and abuse. These strength-based services capitalize on the innate resiliency of each individual, fostering increased well-being and healthy social relationships. Counseling services are now available in the evening as well as on Saturdays.
To find out more about available counseling services, please call the agency’s bilingual Intake Assessor at (805) 473-6507

Victim Witness Assistance Center:
Information on criminal case proceedings, assistance in obtaining monetary compensation for assault-related injuries.
(805) 781-5821 or toll-free @ (866) 781-5821

R.I.S.E  (formally North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center)
1030 Vine Street, Paso Robles
(805) 226-5400 or the toll-free 24-hour crisis line at (855) 574-3583