Mental Health Services

No one should have to face life’s challenges alone.

Catholic Charities East Bay works with individuals, families and schools to respond to and heal from trauma, whether it is a result of interfamilial or community violence, abuse or systemic inequities that are the result of decades of underinvestment in communities of color.

Our approach is rooted in transforming systems and aims to help clients develop the tools they need to heal and increase their voice. We do this through programs that are culturally relevant and address the social, emotional and psychological well-being of the community.

Read on to learn about our Mental Health programs.


In partnership with Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified school districts, we work with middle and high school students to provide a child-centered, restorative approach to youth struggling with anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, behavioral issues and other challenges that interfere with their ability to focus on learning.

Our trained practitioners and clinicians offer trauma-informed, clinical case management to help young people recognize their trauma, heal in a compassionate and supportive setting, and develop healthy and supportive relationships that will benefit them for years to come. Additionally, the program also assists schools in implementing restorative practices to de-escalate tensions, improve student engagement and create a vibrant and safe school environment for students and teachers alike.

For more information about the program in Oakland, contact Michelle LaPlace-Watts at For information about Experience Hope in Richmond schools, contact Aswad Aarif at


The Family Preservation program works to strengthen families, advocate for victims of domestic violence and help children stay safely in their home. We partner with Contra Costa County’s Children & Family Services and currently only offer services to residents of Central Contra Costa who are referred to us by the county. In-home services include clinical case management, domestic violence specialists and mental health counseling. Click the link above to learn more.


True Academy is a 12-week program for youth ages 14-24 currently on probation or at risk of violence. We use restorative circle principles to address the issues that led to their interaction with law enforcement and develop the socio-emotional tools to address future challenges. Participants receive group counseling, workforce development and goal-setting assistance that allows them to rebuild their lives and create resilience that will benefit them in the years to come. For more information, contact Leo Guzman at


The violent death of a loved one sparks many feelings, including shock, anger, turmoil, anxiety or numbness. Our trained grief and trauma counselors offer support to families who have lost loved ones to homicide in Oakland. We work with both adults and youth in the home, in schools and community settings to promote healing. Click the link above to learn more.