Mental Health and Counseling 2017-12-16T13:51:38-08:00

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.



Range of experiences

  • Multiple losses home, family, culture, country support, Raul, safety, etc.
  • Retraumatized
  • Often have complicated grieving
  • at times face Digna, shame, discrimination, and prejudice for being a Refugee sense of security has been compromised
  • Uncertain future
  • suffered lack of food water,
  • language challenges,
  • experience for bombings parole of landmines physical attacks, kidnapping, disappearances, genocide, massacres, rape, torture.
  • Refugee camps, detention upon arrival the US for asylum seekers
  • Children growing up in abnormal environments

Consequences of traumas

While many of the consequences of trauma or negative some survivors also reported they’ve emerge stronger in some ways. Some find that they discovered inner strength or learn effective coping mechanisms. Others have found their lives enriched as their faith has strengthened. Others have found renewed conviction to fight for social political or religious justice and freedom. It is important however to also be aware of the range of possible consequences of traumas in order to plan effective and holistic interventions.

Signs and symptoms of trauma

People experienced trauma in many ways some of the most common symptoms include:

  • memories and nightmares of trauma
  • avoiding things that remind of trauma,
  • feeling numb,
  • hypersensitivity to things in the environment like fast heart rate elevated blood pressure difficulty breathing, sweating when something triggers reminders of trauma,
  • sleep problems,
  • difficulty concentrating.

These are symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD PTSD describes only a few of the many problems people can have after a traumatic event or experience. Some of the other problems may include:

Biological (bodily) problems

  • Sleep difficulties
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • startle response
  • severe injury
  • death
  • low birth weight
  • gynecological disorders
  • sexually transmitted disease including HIV
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) joint problems that may also be associated with neck pain and headache (as a result of grinding teeth as review trauma while sleeping)
  • a host of stress and stress related illnesses such as elevated blood pressure, alcoholism, and drug abuse etc.

Emotional (feelings) problems

  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • depression
  • numbing
  • irritability
  • low self-esteem
  • loss of respect for oneself
  • Shame
  • fear

Cognitive (thinking) problems

  • Intrusive thoughts about traumatic experiences
  • nightmares
  • difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • constant thoughts (obsession) with death
  • disassociation (disconnection between one part of one’s experience and other parts, like thinking about terrible things without any feelings or having awful feelings without knowing what you’re thinking)
  • depersonalization or feeling “unreal”
  • memory problems
  • flashbacks (“reliving” the traumatic events)

Behavioral (doing) problems

  • Substance abuse (overuse of alcohol or other drugs)
  • aggression toward others
  • high-risk behaviors (taking chances)
  • self-destructive behaviors (harming oneself)
  • suicide
  • inability to engage sexually with partner
  • sexual “acting out” or getting involved sexually with inappropriate partners
  • change in eating behavior (stopping eating for over eating)

Interpersonal relating problems

  • Inability to trust others
  • social withdrawal
  • inability to feel connected to other people (friends, family, community)
  • Inability to feel safe with others
  • need to control others
  • loss of respect for others

Social problems in their psychological consequences

  • Poverty (no money and despair)
  • lack of housing (no place to live and a feeling of homelessness)
  • lack of food (hunger and fear)
  • no jobs or wait to support oneself (no way to structure one’s time and no way to feel good about oneself; feeling dependent on others and unable to support family)
  • cultural emphasis on saving face is common and some immigrant community (shame humiliation withdrawals, etc.)
  • risk of repercussions, including the survivor and/or family members being killed (fear, blame self)
  • lack of family and other social supports in the US (loneliness, depression etc.)

Spiritual meaning problems

  • Loss of faith in God
  • disrupted spirituality
  • cynicism
  • loss of sense of meaning and hope
  • reevaluating the old, pre-trauma ways of making sense of the world and finding meaning in life

Culture also can play a significant role in the expression of symptoms, conceptualizing a problems, coping efforts, and healing practices.


Access California Services
Counseling and Support
631 S. Brookhurst St., Suite 107
Anaheim, CA 92804

Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (OCAPICA)
Mental Health Program
12900 Garden Grove Blvd.
Suite 214a
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 636-9095

Suicide Prevention Hotline

OC Behavioral Health Crisis Evaluation
Crisis intervention psychiatric emergency

OC Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinics
Various Clinics

OC Behavioral Health Info and Referrals
(855)OC-LINKS (625-46576)
Gateway to referrals and sevices

Mental Health Association of Orange County
Various Clinics
(714)638-8277 (Garden Grove location)
Clinics and programs

CalOptima Behavioral Health

MediCal gateway

UCI Irvine Psychiatry
City Drive Orange
Emergency Centralized Assessment
2035 E. Ball, Anaheim
Crisis intervention psychiatric emergency
Orange Co.Association for Mental Health
12755 Brookhurst, Garden Grove
Organization with resources

Seneca Family of Agencies – LA
(714) 202-2100
wraparound services for youth and families

Personal Growth Institute
Family, child and adult therapy
(818) 609-9989

LA County Dept Mental Health
hotline and resources
Downtown Mental Health Center
LA County Mental Health Center
Mental Health America of LA
multiple Long Beach locations
outpatient and other programmatic services

Alcott Center
services, benefits assistance
(310) 785-2121

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
multiple LA locations
suicide hotline and mental health services
(877) 727-4747

Seneca Family of Agencies – LA
(714) 202-2100
wraparound services for youth and families

Riverside County Suicide Hotline
Suicide Hotline
(951) 686-HELP (4357)

Riverside County Mental Health Clinics

Riverside Free Clinic
3504 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Free Clinic, no insurance needed
(951) 867-7742

San Bernardino County Behavioral Health
Various clinics
Walk in clinic list
(909) 381-2420