Individual, Family and Couples Therapy

CMHSS staff offer high-quality, integrated mental health and supportive services to a diverse population of adults, children and families.

Our therapists provide in-depth individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy on a generous sliding scale. Thanks to our donors, government grants, and NCJW|LA’s Council Thrift Shop donations, our clinicians have the flexibility to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of our clients, offering ongoing weekly treatment often free of charge.

All psychotherapy services are provided in English and Spanish, as well as in other languages when possible.

For general information about our Community Mental Health and Supportive Services and our Council House Talkline call (323) 655 3807 or toll-free at (877) 655 3807.

To inquire specifically about receiving psychotherapy services please call our intake line at (323) 556-3584.

To access our intake paperwork (to be completed once you schedule an intake appointment), click here.

Community Psychiatry Resource Program

Our Community Psychiatry Resource program provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and financial assistance for purchasing prescribed medication to CMHSS psychotherapy clients and eligible clients of West Hollywood partner agencies.   Clients are also connected with ongoing affordable psychiatric services at the end of their maximum one year CPR program enrollment.  The CPR program was created to offer high quality outpatient psychiatric care to clients who are lacking funds and coverage.  Clients are often in between coverage or in the process or stabilizing and these services are critical to their care.

Council House Talkline:

Our Council House Talkline is a warmline offering emotional support, resources and referrals to callers struggling with a variety of life’s challenges.   Our Emergency Survival Fund is also administered through Council Talkline (see ESF)

To talk to one of our trained resource specialists, please call (323) 655 3507 or toll-free at (877) 655 3507.

Council Talkline is open during four shifts a week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 AM – 12:30 PM and Wednesday 6 – 8 PM.

Council Talkline offers services in English and Spanish.

Groups and Workshops:

CMHSS offers process groups as well as mindfulness workshops focused on skill development.

Process groups: Our process groups are an excellent way for participants to explore and share experiences, feelings and hopes with others who are facing similar challenges.  Participants develop coping skills and discover new strengths.  Our groups address issues such as transitions, loss, relationship challenges while also cultivating self-compassion, awareness and resilience.  We are currently offering an ongoing women’s process group.  For more information click here:

Mindfulness Workshops: CMHSS offers the flagship mindfulness program: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which is an in-depth eight week course in meditative awareness designed to help participants effectively manage a variety of stress-related conditions including anxiety.  This program is based on the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the UMass Medical Center.

In addition, CMHSS offers Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) an empirically-based 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.   Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Chistopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness care and understanding.

CMHSS therapists also work in school settings teaching the Mindful School curriculum to teachers, parents and students.

Emergency Survival Fund

NCJW|LA’s Emergency Survival Fund was created to assist community members financially struggling as a result of poverty, loss of income, domestic and interpersonal violence, discrimination, health problems and related issues.

Our Emergency Survival Fund offers:

  • Transportation assistance (bus tokens and taxi vouchers) for travel to local food pantries, medical appointments, work school or job interviews.
  • A holiday gift card program for low-income families
  • Rental assistance to qualified residents of the City of West Hollywood
  • New baby and post-partum supplies including diapers, wipes and early child care necessities. Supplies are limited and vary from month to month.

Clothing Assistance Programs

Clothing Giveaway: Once a year, on the first Sunday in December, NCJW|LA provides free clothing to over 2,500 individuals through our Annual Clothing Giveaway.  For details about the 2017 Clothing Giveaway click here:

At the Clothing Giveaway CMHSS also hosts a community resource fair to connect participants to additional local resources and services.   If you are interested in attending the resource fair, please contact (323) 852 8515.

Clothing Voucher Program: The CMHSS Department provides free Clothing Vouchers to partner community agencies to enhance their existing supportive services.  Clothing Vouchers are also available through our own Council House Talkline.   Redeemable at any of the Council Thrifts Stores throughout Los Angeles, these vouchers enable recipients to buy everyday clothing as well as outfits suitable for work and job interviews.

MSW Intern Training

Our Masters of Social Work internships offer opportunities in advanced clinical training and practice, community-based program development, as well as leadership and supervisory responsibilities. Our MSW program provides focused training in the areas of mindfulness, self-compassion, and relationally-focused therapies.

Internships are available to MSW students in their second year of study at:

  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Northridge
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

For more information or to apply, contact Rachel Donaldson, LCSW at racheld@ncjwla.org or (323) 852-8521.

Adopt-A-Family

Our Adopt-A-Family Program supports families impacted by domestic and interpersonal violence, offering direct subsidies and necessities (such as food, clothing, beds, rental assistance, utility payments, etc.) as they transition to safety and stability.  In addition to helping with basic needs, the program also provides tailored gifts/clothes from wish lists established by each family member. To learn more about the families we supported this year, click here

ALL donations will go DIRECTLY to families at-risk or in-need

For more details on being a donor or on the Adopt-A-Family application process, please call Rachel Donaldson at (323) 852-8521.

To donate to the Adopt-A-Family Program, click here.

NCJW|LA’s Director of Community Mental Health & Supportive Services (CMHSS) Rachel Donaldson, LCSW discusses the various programs & services the CMHSS department offers to the Los Angeles community and surrounding area.