The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is a wonderful non-profit in the Olmos Park area of town that offers free grief support groups for families. Each group meets every two weeks and is designed for minors of all ages and their parents. Children are grouped by age and taught by trained facilitators how to process their emotions through a variety of play therapy activities, while their adult caregivers attend a process and educational group downstairs. The program is organized around the school calendar, by semesters and includes dinner for all participants each time you come.
Porter Loring is another helpful group that leads grief recovery groups throughout San Antonio and short-term psycho-education programs to help individuals and families learn how to better grieve the death of loved ones
The Methodist Hospital Psychiatric Unit for adults at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant location. If you or someone you care about is in crisis, Methodist Hospital’s crisis unit offers a variety of services for adults of all ages, including older adults. It’s as easy as heading to their emergency room and telling the admitting staff your situation.
Clarity Child Guidance Center is a well respected full-service non-profit serving youth in San Antonio. They offer psychiatric services, short-term inpatient stays, as well as parent education groups and outpatient teen group therapy.
NAMI, the National Association of Mental Illness, is a good organization led by volunteers who provide education and support for individuals with almost any mental disorder and their families. Click here to visit San Antonio’s local chapter.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance is a very helpful national organization that focuses on supporting individuals and families dealing with all types of mood disorders. This is a great place to learn about depression and bipolar disorder. They provide free tools to help people track their ups and downs, involve supportive family, and how ask therapists and psychiatrists the right questions. I highly recommend it.
Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma
This is a book by renowned relationship researcher John Gottman. I find it very helpful for parents and other caregivers seeking a more effective approach to guiding children. It is also a useful tool for parents who are dealing with the negative effects of their own parents’ mistakes in raising them. It is a helpful resource for current parenting challenges. I use Gottman’s ideas with people of all ages.
The authors Adele Faber and Elizabeth Mazlish did a great job with this book. I’d recommend you get the audio version and just listen to it a few times while on a walk or commuting to work. They focus on simple ways to talk with and listen to kids. Their approach is very hands on and experiential, which means it can sink quickly and deeply.
This book is written for couples who want to improve their marriage. It addresses what a healthy marriage looks like, what a troubled marriage looks like and walks couples through seven important conversations that change your relationship for the better. I often recommend it as a companion to couples therapy.
One of a few good books on communication and relational issues that couples in distressed marriage face. I also use the ideas in this book with couples, especially when they are stuck in a cycle of arguing and fighting where harsh criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling are present.
A helpful introduction to the most common type of couples therapy I provide
An introduction to practicing mindfulness, a therapeutic approach many people use to address common symptoms associated with depression and anxiety
An excellent lecture by psychologist Sue Johnson to introduce some important couples therapy concepts
10 minute progressive relaxation with music and images