Counseling & Therapy – Links & Referrals

(I am still building out this page)

Northern California Referrals

Substance Abuse Resources:

LifeRing– Phone # (800)-811-4142
Meetings in Los Gatos. LifeRing is not a 12-step program. They focus on each person creating his/her own individual recovery plan.

Women for Sobriety– Phone # (215) 536-8026
Women’s meeting in Santa Cruz. WFS is not a 12-step program. Self-empowerment is a key component to their recovery program.

SMART Recovery
Meetings in Santa Cruz. Not 12-step; SMART uses REBT (based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy)

SOS– Secular Organizations for Sobriety- No meetings in Santa Cruz. Meetings in the San Francisco area.

Rational Recovery– (no meetings at all)

Sober Recovery– (no meetings; online forum)

Alcoholics Anonymous in Santa Cruz
Narcotics Anonymous in Santa Cruz
Marijuana Anonymous in Santa Cruz
Overeaters Anonymous in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County:

National Allliance on Mental Illness
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program (in Santa Cruz) is a free,
12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses, which teaches knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

Amy Cooper, PhD
My wife, Amy, is a Clinical Sexologist offering women and couples help with sexual intimacy and related issues. Amy is author of The Everything Orgasm Book. She presents workshops throughout the US and Canada. She is very comfortable talking through any issues pertaining to sex.

Alameda County:

Father’s Forum
Bruce Linton, PhD has an excellent program of classes and resources for new fathers and fathers in midstream. He is author of Finding Time for Fatherhood: Men’s Concerns as Parents.

Monterey County:

Breakthrough for Men
Breakthrough for Men is a great men’s group/workshop program in Monterey county. These guys know what they are doing.

Santa Clara County:

Human Awareness Institute
The Human Awareness Institute presents some very powerful weekend workshops on Love, Intimacy and Sexuality. They are great for opening your doors to greater sense of connection with other people.

National Organizations

Self Help Info for Anxiety (
APA Help Center
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
National Institute of Mental Health
Understanding Depression
Nonviolent Communication
American Counseling Association
Anxiety & Panic Attack Treatment Resources
Anxiety Help Guide
Gottman Relationships Quiz
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
Coalition for marriage, family, and couples education
For people concerned about psychological prescription drugs

Other Referrals:

Lisa Laba Sarkis B.SocSc B.SW MAASW Psychotherapist in Australia