City of Mill Valley
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Counselor Mill Valley California
Therapist Strawberry, Tamalpais, Homestead Valley
Mill Valley, California is a fairly small city just outside of San Francisco, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a population of approximately 13,000 people, it has a feel much more akin to life in the country rather than living in an urban sprawl. For this very reason, Mill Valley is a popular choice for people who work in San Francisco, yet want to have a home in a more quiet and serene location. Many residents consider Mill Valley an arts town. Full of galleries, theatres, crafts stores, and even an annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, visitors to this area are hard pressed to miss the creative focus of life here.1 The Dipsea race is an annual cross country trail footrace that begins in Mill Valley, traverses the side of Mt Tamalpais, winds through Muir Woods, and ends at Stinson Beach. In July 2005, a popular magazine rated this area among the top 10 best places to live in the United States.
Marriage and Couples Mental Health in Mill Valley
A key factor in the overall health and functioning of a family is the mental health and stability of the parents. Unfortunately, adults, especially elder members of the community, have less access to mental health services in Marin County than other segments of the population. Those who experience trauma are especially impacted by the lack of adequate services. When adult family members are unable to find the mental health care they need, the frequency of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems in their children rises dramatically.2
Mental health practitioners in Mill Valley work with many different populations, from married couples to the widowed elderly to young children. Each group presents unique challenges and needs to clinicians. As a result, practitioners in the area must be continually involved in educational programs in order to best serve couples and families in Mill Valley. The Community Healing Centers (CHC) provides many continuing education and training programs for people who work in the helping professions. Counselors can learn how to conduct group therapy with specific groups, such as those who have been abused by a loved one. Other courses revolve around stress-management and spiritual counseling. For more information about CHC's continuing education programs, call 415-499-1115.3
Family Services and Assistance Programs
The Marin County Government recognizes its role in assisting families in their time of need. The county's Children and Family Services division provides many such services that help improve the lives of families in Mill Valley and all of Marin County. The county provides foster care and adoption services, as well as crisis intervention services for suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. The county provides a free health exam for children in order to detect health problems and potential disabilities. Parenting classes are also available for parents who seek to be better equipped to raise a child. For more information about the programs offered by Children and Family Services, call 415-473-2200.4
1. Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. (2014). Home - Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
. Retrieved from http://www.mvfaf.org/
2. Marin County Department of Health & Human Services Division of Community Mental Health Services. (2009). Mental Health Services Act Prevention & Early Intervention Plan
. Retrieved from http://www.mhsoac.ca.gov/Counties/PEI/docs/PEIplans/Marin_PEI_Plan_2-09.pdf
3. Community Healing Centers. (2014). Public Programs and Continuing Education
. Retrieved from http://www.communityhealingcenters.org/ceu.html#classes
4. Marin County Government. (2014). Children and Family Services
. Retrieved from https://www.marinhhs.org/children-family-services
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