Affiliations, Associations and Supporters

naatpNational Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is the leading voice of addiction treatment providers with a mission to provide leadership, advocacy, training and other member support services to assure the continued availability and highest quality of addiction treatment.


apaAmerican Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States with a mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.


cdssCalifornia Department of Social Services (CDSS) is the state agency responsible for the oversight and administration of programs serving California’s most vulnerable residents.



Mental-Health-RightsMental Health Rights Coalition (MHRC) is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and empowers the voice and participation of consumers in the mental health system.


Mental-Health-AmericaMental Health America (MHA), , is the leading advocacy organization works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.


caadcCalifornia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) is the largest drug and alcohol counselor certification organization in California setting high standards in the field of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment and treatment management.

ADAAAnxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is a national organization providing education about , supporting research into, and referrals for treatment of a range of anxiety related disorders including adolescent anxiety disorders, adolescents general anxiety disorder, adolescent social anxiety disorder, adolescent panic disorder, adolescent post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adolescent obsessive-compulsive disorder, and adolescent phobias.

National-Alliance-on-Mental-IllnessNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives and care for those living with mental illness.

Effective Counseling Factors.

Define your goals. Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress

Be an active participant. This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give her or him feedback about how you see the sessions progressing.

Be patient with yourself. Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.

Follow your counselor's recommendations. Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the "real world," so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience..

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