On this page you can find local and national agency services by topic as well as books I have personally read and recommend on a variety of mental health subjects. As always, judge a book not by its cover but by its content, take what is helpful and leave the rest behind. This is a dynamic page and will be updated as new resources become available.

Hotlines & Emergency Services:

Sonoma County 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Services: (800) 746-8181
Sana Rosa Crisis Stabilization Unit at 2225 Challenger Way, Santa Rosa, CA: (707) 576-8181

North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County: (855) 587-6373
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-TALK
National Rape Crisis Hotline (RAINN): 1 (800) 656-HOPE
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (800) 373-7888, or text HELP or INFO to 233733
National Trans Lifeline: 1 (877) 565-8860
The Trevor Project Hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386
24-hour Child Protection Hotline: (707) 565-4304
SAY Youth (12-17) Crisis Services/Shelter: (888)-729-0012
24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: (707) 546-1234
The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1 (800) 985-5990

Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital
1287 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa
(707) 800-7700

Kaiser Permanente Hospitals & Clinics
Advice Line & Appts: (707) 571-4044
Santa Rosa location: 401 Bicentennial Way
Rohnert Park clinic (daytime only): 5900 State Farm Dr. – (707) 206-3044

Psychiatric Emergency Services
3322 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa
(707) 576-8181 or 1-800-746-8181

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
1165 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
(707) 546-3210

Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa
30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
(707) 576-4040


Recommended Books:

How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Me & White Supremacy by Layla Saad

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem


Recommended Books: 

Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns

My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez

Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks by Jordon Lee

Changing Habits

Recommended Books: 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do what We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie


Recommended Books: 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Succeed: How We can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson


Recommended Books:

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children by Thomas Gordon

Thanks For the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Meaning and Purpose

Recommended Books: 

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Vulnerability a recorded seminar by Brené Brown

The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay


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Recommended Books: 

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom by Rick Hanson

Sexuality, Gender, Kinks, and Non-Traditional Relationships

Local Agencies:

Positive Images
312 Chinn Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4337
tel / fax 707-568-5830

*Please visit their website’s Resource Page for local support groups, websites, and hotline numbers related to LGBT health

Planned Parenthood
1140 Sonoma Ave. Building 3
Santa Rosa (707) 527-7656

Elsie Allen Health Center (teens 12-19)
599 Bellevue Avenue, G17
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Phone: 707-583-8777

Recommended Websites:

http://www.glma.org/ [LGBT-friendly healthcare providers]

www.pflag.org [resources for parents, families, and friends of lesbian and LGBT individuals]

http://planet.deafqueer.com/ [intersection of Deaf Culture and Queer Identities]

www.KimchiCuddles.com  [webcomic promoting awareness on poly, queer, and genderqueer issues]

www.morethantwo.com [polyamory]

www.fetlife.com [BDSM/kink community forums]

www.thetrevorproject.org [suicide and crisis prevention resources for LGBTQ+ youth]

Recommended Books:

Gender Outlaw, and, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

This Curious Human Phenomenon: An Exploration of Some Uncommonly Explored Aspects of BDSM by Peter Masters

More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

Recommended Podcasts:

Queer Sex Ed-  Sara and Jay host a sex-positive discussion of sexual health, pleasure, and BDSM, centering queer and trans voices.

The Queer Spirit – Nick Venegoni is a holistic psychotherapist who supports all queer peopleto thrive and heal.

Future of Sex – tech strategist, researcher, and sex and relationship coach, Bryony Cole discusses the future of sex as technological developments change what it means to be sexual.

Savage Lovecast – Dan Savage answers your sex questions.

Where Should We Begin – Esther Perel shares recorded couples sessions where she works with them on building intimacy through a variety of challenges.


Local Agencies:

Verity – Rape Crisis Center
835 Piner Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 545-7273

Family Justice Center Sonoma County – advocacy & assistance w/ Victim Compensation apps
2755 Mendocino Ave, Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-8255

Recommended Websites:

The Powerful Voices Project

Recommended Books: 

The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma by Annie Rogers

Trauma and Recovery:The Aftermath of Violence by Judith Lewis Herman

A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk