Mental Health Services

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Mental Health Counseling Program

Those experiencing or having experienced violence in its many forms often develop post-traumatic stress symptoms or the full expression of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD, about 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%). Learn more about women, trauma, and PTSD.

YWCA Monterey County is committed to helping survivors of trauma find healing and peace.

YWCA Monterey County provides counseling for families, couples, children, and individuals experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking or other crimes. Our wrap-around domestic violence safehouse clients have access to free counseling including but not limited to individual, child, and group psychotherapy, anger management, art therapy, support groups, financial counseling, and sometimes horse therapy.

Violence witnessed by children has longlasting effects. We treat children who have seen or been present during trauma, in addition to those children to whom it was inflicted.

Finding peace after living through trauma is a process. YWCA aids in that process. As we grow our programs we hope to grow a world with reduced violence and more fulfilled healthy lives.

YWCA Monterey County offers individual, child, and family therapy. We work to meet our clients’ needs for emotional and psychological healing from trauma and abuse through in-person therapy. We also offer psychoeducational classes along with domestic violence support groups.

The counseling program offers psychotherapy for victims of domestic violence and their families, and victims of crime via referrals from the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office Victims of Crime Unit. These services are provided at the Salinas Office and in South Monterey County at the District Attorney’s Office in King City. All services are offered on a sliding scale. Over time, our work is to ensure a peaceful transition for survivors into the new brave chapters of their lives.

Racial, gender and economic injustices in our society can leave lasting psychological impacts. Racial and gender justice includes healthcare access. We want therapy to be accessible to those who need treatment most. That’s why our services are offered a sliding scale cost and are completely free to those enrolled in our safehouses.

The Center for Disease Control published a 2014 report based on nearly twenty years of data on domestic violence. Their findings show black women disproportionately experience violence at home, school, work, and in their neighborhoods. The YWCA is committed to treating those most impacted by domestic violence, abuse, and trauma.

Our Mental Health Services aim to serve those living with the psychological effects of trauma. We are here to help you.

To schedule an appointment or receive a therapy referral call our office at 831-422-8602.

If you would like to talk to an advocate over the phone now please call our 24-Hour Abuse Hotline at
831-372-6300 or 831-757-1001