Community Mental Health in San Mateo County

National Alliance on Mental Illness

San Mateo County Health System
Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs
Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 650-573-3590
Information about and referral to substance abuse services
and crisis intervention.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

1950 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo 94403
Mental Health Access Team: 800-686-0101
Provides information, assessment, consultation and referral.

Psychiatric Emergency Services: 650-573-2662
Youth Case Management Services: 650-573-3504

Mental Health Association
2686 Spring St., Redwood City 94063
Phone: 650-368-3345
Provides services for adults with mental illnesses and / or people with HIV / AIDS including housing, food and social programs.

1720 S. Amphlett Blvd., #123, San Mateo 94402
Phone: 650-578-8691
A community-based psychosocial rehabilitation service for persons with serious and persistent psychiatric disabilities.

Catholic Charities CYO
36 – 37th Ave., San Mateo 94403
Phone: 650-295-2160 x210
Offers individual, teen, group, family and marital counseling and education to all persons, regardless of religion.

Family Service Agency
24 – 2nd Ave., San Mateo 94401
Phone: 650-403-4300
Counseling, support groups on anger management, parenting, child abuse, domestic abuse and other groups as needed. Supervised visitation and exchanges. Provides child care.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
2001 Winward Way at Mariner’s Island Blvd., #200
San Mateo 94404
Phone: 650-931-1800
Provides adult, child, marriage and family counseling.

Inspiring Teachers and Teachings on Meditation and Mindfulness

Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyai RinpocheSogyal Rinpoche is renowned as being among the most significant interpreter of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. His book The Tibetan Book of Living Dying has been translated into more than 30 languages, providing a radical access to viewing the world and ourselves with the lens of ancient wisdom made relevant for modern times. Meeting Rinpoche in 1996 while traveling through India and Nepal, he has remained an ongoing guide and spiritual friend for me. A true master of meditation, he founded the Rigpa Fellowship, an international Buddhist organization involved in offering both secular and traditional classes in the practice of meditation and applying fundamental principles of Buddhism within our modern lives. My doctoral dissertation was based on Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, where it was successfully applied to treating patients in a psychiatric day treatment center.

The website below is an excellent blog put together by Sogyal Rinpoche’s students for general audiences interested in meditation. The link on the website, ‘Dare to Meditate’ offers an outstanding 10 part video guiding and instructing beginners in meditation practice.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chogyam TrungaChögyam Trungpa is arguably the most important pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West. Although I have never had a personal relationship with Trungpa Rinpoche, his books and audio talks have had a profound and formative impact on my spiritual development. His book Meditation in Action broke new ground in introducing meditation to a larger Western Audience. His organization Shambhala International has centers across the world offering meditation and other wisdom instructions to a secular audience.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Dzigar Kongtrul RinpocheDzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche has been a beacon of wisdom for thousands of students aiming to integrate the teachings of Buddhism within their daily lives. I first met Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche in 1998 and have attended numerous teachings and retreats by him since. Kongtrul Rinpoche’s insights into Buddhist Psychology have been paramount in my own understanding and integration of Eastern and Western Psychology. His website below offers links to his many activities, including talks and books he has written for both seasoned practitioners and general lay audiences.

Geshe Michael Roach

Geshe Michael Roach“Geshe” is the highest scholastic rank recognized within the monastic system of Tibetan Buddhism. Michael Roach is the first Westerner to be awarded the honor of Geshe after decades of study and practice. His book The Diamond Cutter has become a best seller, masterfully introducing the subtleties of Buddhist philosophy to lay audiences and people in the business sector in particular. I first met Geshe Michael in 1999 and have attended retreats and completed more than a dozen of his eleven week courses through the Asian Classics Institute. His teachings have been pivotal in my understanding of Buddhist philosophy and how it may be made relevant for daily life. His activities have been vast in scope and you may learn more about them through his website below.

Pema Chödrön

Pema ChödrönPema Chödrön is a student of Trungpa and Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is a Western Buddhist nun who has perhaps become the most well known Western teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Although I met Pema Chödrön only in 2007, I have been an avid fan of her teachings from many years prior. Pema’s teachings bring a remarkable relevance and vibrancy to our daily lives. She has had a particularly profound influence on my own capacity to practice and teach the art of self-compassion.

Shunryu Susuki Roshi

Shunryu Susuki RoshiMy first exposure to Buddhism occurred in 1989 through the practice of Zen. Shunryu Susuki was among the first to bring Buddhism to the West and his book, Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind remains a timeless spiritual classic on the sitting practice of meditation.

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle is a brilliant example of someone who has been able to achieve profound realization without being involved in any particular religion or creed. His teachings on present moment awareness are timeless and available for people from all walks of life. He continues to be a daily inspiration for me personally and in my own work with others.

Jack Kornfield

Jack KornfieldJack Kornfield is a Western teacher and psychologist whose wise and compassionate teachings have touched the hearts and minds of thousands. He continues to be a source of love and guidance for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike in the art of mindfulness and loving kindness. He is a co-founder of Spirit Rock meditation center in Marin County CA.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn is the most important figure in bringing the practice of mindfulness meditation to the mainstream. Originally coming from a Zen Buddhist background, Dr. Kabat-Zinn began implementing what developed into Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with chronic pain patients at the University of Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. His program has since spawned more than 300 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs throughout the world in hospitals and Universities. He has also been a seminal figure in the development of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy which has been deemed by the American Psychological Association as the most effective non-pharmacological intervention for preventing relapse into Major Depression. In addition, Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s work has been key in the development of other mindfulness based programs, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.