Mental Health Programs

Mental Health Programs


We help families and individuals cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Our therapists are trained and experienced in everything from depression and children who have been abused or children who have been adopted to anger management, from substance abuse to dealing with the death of a loved one.

Family therapists help parents and children work though domestic violence, adoption and gay/lesbian issues.

Counseling for All

We also have skilled therapists who work with children. We can help families re-establish themselves after a parent has been in jail or children have been removed by court order.

When you just can’t seem to cope, the YWCA of Contra Costa/Sacramento offers help. Our trained, experienced counselors, therapists and specialized programs can help you, your spouse or partner and your children figure out what needs to be fixed and how to fix it so life is more satisfying and productive.

We help adults and teens work through depression, anxiety, sexual abuse and other issues. Families come to us to figure out how to live together happily and safely. We help children and their families, separately and together, create their own stability in a changing world.

Our counselors use a variety of techniques in all therapy settings. These include Theraplay(r), a method to connect families in play, where they learn to trust, enjoy and appreciate themselves and each other.  Our basic approach to therapy is behavioral but our therapists also use cognitive, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapy techniques.

Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens

* Anger management
* Anxiety and stress
* Depression
* Divorce and separation
* Domestic violence
* Trauma
* Grief and loss; death and aging
* Substance abuse

Family and Couples Therapy

* Adoption
* Gay/lesbian couple and family issues
* Marriage and relationship counseling
* Parent/teen issues

Child Therapy

* Adoption and bonding issues
* Anger management
* Anxiety and stress
* Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Behavior issues
* Depression
* Grief and loss
* Neglect and abuse (RAD)
* Sexual abuse
* Substance abuse

Group Therapy

* Domestic violence support group
* Adolescent support group


Parent/Child Reunification Services

Our trained counselors provide specialized services to families that have been separated by court order or other circumstances. This includes therapy to improve bonding between parent and child, techniques for helping children who misbehave, and reunification therapy to help families re-establish a firm foundation.

Counseling and therapy are available at our Martinez, Richmond, Antioch and Bay Point centers.

HIV Program

Residents of Contra Costa County who qualify are able to receive free therapy through the Ryan White Fund for a certain amount of time. Clients must be referred through the Contra Costa HIV Program or an agency affiliated with the HIV Program.

Clients are able to discuss issues of importance in therapy with an emphasis being placed on maintaining your health and being socially active, not becoming isolated because of the illness.
Click here for more information about the HIV Program.


Fees are on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay with the lowest fee being $40 per session.

We also accept Medi-Cal and Victims of Crime (VOC) funding.

For more information about our counseling and therapy services, please call Nancy J. Atkinson at 925-372-4213, ext. 11, or stop by one of our centers.

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