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Mental Health

“Caring for the mind

Is as important and

crucial as caring for

the body. In fact,

one cannot be

healthy without

the other.”

  • From the book” Approaching the Natural: a Health Manifesto” by Sid Garza-Hillman

What is mental health? According to, mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The status of an individual’s mental health will determine how one handles stress, relates to others, and makes decisions.  There are various factors that contribute to mental health problems. For example, life experiences, such as trauma or abuse, can create unwanted pressure and stress.

Mental health counseling is available to all students at all Peralta campuses. Students have the option of meeting with a licensed therapist to discuss issues including, but not limited to: difficult feelings (sadness, stress, anger, depression) grief and loss, crisis consultation / post-crisis follow-up, constant worry or feeling anxious, frequent loss of temper, relationship issues, trouble with (over and under) eating, sleep and concentration, dealing with unpleasant memories, and concerns about drug / alcohol use.

Laugh, it’s good for you! The Uptown Oakland, Mental Illness Happy hour is a weekly podcast hosted by   comedian Paul Gilmartin, consisting of interviews with comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking. To check out this podcast, please visit:


Mental Health Counseling @ Peralta Colleges
Berkeley City College

Janine Greere, MFT

Larry Lariosa, LMFT

Phone: 510.981.2894

Location: 2000 Center St., Rm 110

College of Alameda

Evan Schloss, LMFT, LPCC

Phone: (510) 748-2300

Location: F Building, Room 105

Laney College

Lisa Sawadogo, LPCC

Phone: (510) 464-3535

Location: Student Center, Room 414

Merritt College

Emily Summers, LCSW

(510) 436- 2533

Location: R Building, Room 106


Community Mental Health Resources

Sausal Creek Outpatient Stabilization Center


*Crisis intervention, referalls, short-term counseling for Alameda County residents.

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

800.309.2131 (24-hour hotline)

Alameda County Mental Health Access Line


*Provides referrals to mental health service providers.

Contra Costa County Mental Health Access Line


*Provides referrals to mental health service providers.

Eden I&R (Info & Referral)

211 (24-hour hotline)

*Free & confidential info for referral for food, housing, employment, healthcare, counseling & more.

Wright Institute in Berkeley (3 clinics)

Addison St. Clinic: 510.548.9716

Cognitive & Behavioral Community Clinic: 510.923.2241

Recovery Clinic: 510.841.1262

Testing & Assessment: 510.841.9230 ext.159

Berkeley Therapy Institute CBT Clinic


*1749 MLK Jr. Way Berkeley, CA 94709

UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic,  Dept. of Psychology


*2205 Tollman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94709

Jewish Family & Children Services (JFCS)


*2484 Shattuck Ave. Ste. 210, Berkeley, CA 94704

Woman’s Therapy Center (WTC)


*2105 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Creative Growth


*1221 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706

Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)

Alameda County: 510.869.6000

*310 8TH St. Ste. 201, Oakland, CA 94607

Contra Costa County: 510.970.9750

*12240 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, CA 94805

JFK Holistic Counseling Center


*2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612


  • Contact Us

    Berkeley City College Clinic        


    College of Alameda Clinic              


    Laney Wellness Center I     

    (510) 464-3332

    Laney  Wellness Center II   

    (510) 464-3134

    Merritt College Clinic                    


  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.