Affordable mental health services in California & Oregon

I need counseling

We are a non-profit that provides sliding scale therapy over the phone or Internet. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. You are entitled to a good faith estimate. Set up a consultation appointment today.

I’m a therapist, clinical intern or trainee

If you have time and skills to offer, and feel called to join our inspiring and diverse community we would love to talk with you.

You can use the email form at the bottom of the contact page to start the conversation with us.

I’d like to donate

As a grassroots community based 501c3 nonprofit, we depend entirely upon private donations from people like you and sliding scale fees to cover our expenses.

Everyone struggles sometimes... In a troubled & complex world, where can we make a difference? Perhaps the most effective place to start is within ourselves... Welcome to a community dedicated to that effort

Professional counseling

We offer professional counseling and psychotherapy for adults, youth, children, families, and groups. Therapy services are provided by California licensed clinicians and interns.

Our Approach

At the Liberation Institute our approach is co-creative, compassionate, open-minded, and holistic.

Our Process

We start with a confidential and non-judgmental consultation. If you choose to work with us, we will match you with someone based on your needs. Consultations are available to everyone.

Our fees

All services are offered on a wide sliding scale. The Liberation Institute is committed to offering therapy and services to the entire community. While we do have fees and suggested donations, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Fees are discussed and determined on an individual basis in the initial consultation session.

Recovery’s Remedy: A Monthly Gathering for Addiction Support

Addiction can be a formidable adversary, but the journey to…
September 28, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Nourished by Stillness: A Mindful Inquiry Group

Led by the experienced facilitator Maggie, "Nourished by Stillness"…
September 28, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Embracing Transitions Support Group

Amidst life's ever-changing currents, we sometimes find ourselves…
September 28, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Weekly Support Group – Wednesdays at 6PM

Weekly group therapy focused on offering a safe, collaborative space for general support.
May 12, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Weekly Support Group – Tuesdays at 12PM

Weekly group therapy focused on offering a safe, collaborative space for general support.
May 12, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Liberation from Addiction Recovery Support Group

Our vision is to provide a safe, inclusive space for anyone who is looking to recover from addiction. You are not alone. Please join us as we walk the path of overcoming addiction together.
May 8, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team
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New In Town Support Group

Moving to a new place can be very exciting, but it can also be one of the most stressful events in our lives. This group is a space where people new to their area can share their experiences, discuss challenges, and connect with others in the same situation. Whether you moved here this week, or several years ago, this group welcomes anyone new in town!
March 10, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Kink, Queer, and Alternative Lifestyle Support Group

This group aims to offer support, build community, and organize resources that will help navigate alternative relationships (e.g. polyamorous, ENM, kink, etc). Additionally, focus will be given to promoting healthy family dynamics, exploring kinks & boundaries safely, embracing sexual identities & expression, and reducing stigma. This group embraces all queer and heterosexual relationships. LGBTQ+ and allies are all welcome!
February 28, 2023/by Liberation Institute Team

Art Group

Looking to the muse inside of us for inspiration. Art as a way to know ourselves and see beyond the literal. Awake dreaming. Strengthening our creative muscle which resources us in other areas of our life. Art therapy is a lot like Jungian Analysis in that we live inside of the questions, breathing life into what wants to be expressed being careful not to interpret or analyze, but just be with what is present here now.
November 26, 2022/by Liberation Institute Team

Grief and Peer Support Group

The passing of a loved one can be the start of a difficult new chapter in our lives. Grief can make us feel out of step with the social world as we work through unexpected thoughts and feelings. When those in grief meet, we can support each other as peers who understand, creating a safe space for expressing feelings. Together, the group can transform difficult emotions into the next steps of life.
November 30, 2021/by Liberation Institute Team

Let us introduce ourselves

A few words about us

The Liberation Institute is a grassroots non-profit mental health organization based in San Francisco. We are co-created by counselors, psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers, artists and activists from the community we serve. The aim is to fill what we see as gaps in the availability of easily accessible professional support for issues related to mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

We strive daily to meet that mission with a fresh, open minded, compassionate, inclusive, and creative approach.

Liberation for Everyone

How do we do it?

Our inclusive model embraces the full range of diversity in San Francisco, from technology executives to economically disadvantaged people. Those who can contribute the higher levels of our sliding scale help to cover the cost of services for those who have less. We receive all who come with equal compassion under our motto “liberation for all” and with the understanding that someone who can pay a little bit more is helping themselves by helping others.

The rest of our considerable operating expenses are covered by grants and donations from generous individuals and organizations who understand the true value of our work and wish to support our efforts.