Private Insurance: Families with private insurance can contact their insurance company for a list of mental health providers who accept their insurance. The Psychology Today website is also a useful place to search for providers, as searches can be done by location and by type of insurance accepted.
Community Counseling Center: Short-term counseling for adults and children ages 5 and up with mild to moderate mental health issues and no insurance, Medi-Cal, or under-insured (low income and can't afford their insurance costs). Sliding scale based on income; free for Medi-Cal members. More information here. Call (805) 543-7969 for a brief eligibility screening.
Lumina Alliance: For children ages 5 and up with exposure to family violence and sexual assault. The wait is not long right now for English-speaking therapists; no Spanish-speaking capacity right now. Call the info/hotline at (805) 545-8888 for an assessment and services.
Tips for Therapy With a Young Child: If a client is looking for a mental health therapist for a child ages 0-5, download this handout for information on how to tell if a therapist is qualified to work with young children and a good fit. It also includes mental health resources.