If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911. As suggested by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention.

Remote Resources

  • Self Harm/Crisis Hotlines
    • National Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • San Francisco specific: (415) 781-0500
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
    • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 800-826-3632
  • Sexual assault
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
  • Intimate Partner Violence
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • Referrals to specific mental health services or support programs in your local community
    • Mental Health America: 800-969-6642

Low Cost or Sliding Scale Therapy in San Francisco


  • Mind Therapy Clinic
    • Medication management with specialization in psychosis and personality disorders
    • Phone: 415-969-9923
    • Address: Has a location in South Bay and in San Francisco

Eating disorders

Substance Use

Terms to be familiar with

  • Sliding Scale Therapy: Priced by each person’s income and dependents.
  • Out-of-Network Provider: Out of Network implies that the therapist is not “in-network” with your insurance company. Based on your specific plan, or how much you have spent on healthcare expenses otherwise, the insurance company will pay you money back after your sessions to help your work with your therapist become more affordable for you.
  • In-Network Provider: The therapist is in your insurance company’s database, or they have applied and been “approved” by your insurance company. You will owe a “co-pay” at the time of your session. This can range between $15-85 (sometimes even more or even less). Your insurance company will pay your therapist the rest of what the insurance company deems a reasonable rate for the service provided.