The Office for Family Life & Spirituality maintains a network of local therapists who are comfortable integrating their clients’ spirituality into their practice. Please contact us at 415-754-9442 for referrals.
The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department offers a wide range of behavioral health services to ensure that our residents of Santa Clara County have access to help when they need it. The Behavioral Health Services Department contracts with various community-based organizations that provide outpatient support for adults, older adults, adolescents, children, and families. County and contract agencies are located throughout Santa Clara County.
Amwell, MDLive, and Doctor on Demand all provide face-to-face online therapy sessions with licensed psychologists, social workers, and other mental health disciplines with a wide variety of specialties.
Additional resources include:
Ending the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness
Additional Resources for Coping During Pandemic
Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
On the Power of Prayer. From a recent article in The Wall Street Journal:
“All the people who’ve lately been praying more may be onto something, said Elizabeth Bernstein in The Wall Street Journal. Scientific studies of prayer are limited, but the available research suggests that prayer provides similar benefits to meditation’s: “It can calm your nervous system, shutting down your fight-or-flight response. It can make you less reactive to negative emotions and less angry.” A person has to want to pray, and not out of anger, but prayer may even have a slight edge over meditation: One 2005 study found that people who pray 20 minutes a day experienced greater reductions in anxiety and stress, a result some researchers attribute to their feeling a sense of emotional support, of connection to community and a higher power. Maybe people know that already: In March, around the world, the number of Google searches for prayer skyrocketed.” (5/29/20 edition of The Week)