What begins in the session can continue outside.

Just like a river, our internal balance relies on both an in flow and an out flow. This page contains useful information to absorb as well as volunteering and community opportunities for you to pay your progress forward.




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Useful Reading


Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
The Body Keeps the Score
Bessel Van Der Kolk
Affective Neuroscience
Jaak Panksepp
Changes That Heal
  Henry Cloud


Surprised by Hope
N.T. Wright
Falling Upward
Richard Rhor
Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis


Henry Cloud
The Prophet
Khalil Gibran
The Wounded Healer
Henri Nouwen
The Untethered Soul
Michael Singer
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What Men Live By
Leo Tolstoy

Life Skills


Though we try to accommodate as many clients as possible, we appreciate our services may be out of reach for some. Below is a list of accessible therapy options that may be of service:

Natoinal Substance Abuse Helpline

National Substance Abuse Helpline’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

24-7 Prayer USA

24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice; a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued for every minute of this century so far, in over half the countries on Earth.

Practicing The Way

Practicing the Way— A simple, beautiful way to integrate spiritual formation into your church or group.

Saint Andrew’s Abbey

Saint Andrew’s Abbey is a spiritual home for retreatants and the monks who dedicate their lives to work and prayer here.

Saint Joseph Center

Provides working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community. Resources include; housing, mental health care, health care, employment resources, assistance in obtaining government aid if applicable, meals, food pantry, street outreach and short + long-term clinical needs.

Venice Family Clinic

Provides quality primary healthcare to those in need. Appointments made by phone if needed. Services offered: health care, dental, vision, psychiatry, counseling, substance use treatment, pharmacy services, HIV services and health education.

People’s Concern

Provides outreach/engagement, housing, mental health care, medical care, substance abuse services, domestic violence shelter, wellness & life skills programs, income assistance and at-risk youth shelter.


DivorceCare’s life-changing support groups welcome people and guide them on the path of recovery after separation or divorce.

The Bible Project

BibleProject is a nonprofit, crowdfunded organization that produces 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, blogs, classes, and educational Bible resources to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone everywhere.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate recovery is a biblically balanced approach to help bring sustainable recovery and healing to our hurts. It guides us toward new healthy truths and life-giving habits as we repair our broken relationships. Join more than 7 million hurting people across the globe who now walk in freedom through the power of Jesus Christ as we walk through the 8 principles of celebrate recovery based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

Safe Place for Youth

Provides critical resources and empowers young people to take control of their lives, supported by trauma-informed care, harm reduction and positive youth development.


Job search training, employment assistance, resume help, interview preparation, fax/internet services and computer classes.

Salvation Army Santa Monica

Provides food assistance, youth programs, ministry, referrals (emergency housing, assisted living, centers for rehabilitation), rental assistance, utility assistance, Vacation Bible School, food & hygiene assistance, clothing/shoes, transportation assistance, life skills support and furniture for newly housed individuals.

Daniel’s Place Drop in Center

“Assists individuals aged 18-28 who are experiencing a mental health need and who may or may not be experiencing homelessness. Resources include: breakfast, support groups, psychiatry, therapy, case management (including housing) and employment assistance.

Harvest Home

A residential program that serves homeless pregnant women and their babies. All women enter the program while pregnant, and stay on average between 3 to 6 months after the birth of their child. Resources consist of; care for child/children, case management/housing, therapy, classes and connections/referrals.

Westside Family Health Center

Provides family practice, STD testing, female health exams, prenatal care, childbirth classes, insurance enrollment and immunizations.


GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Claris Health

Get free of charge and affordable care in areas of unintended pregnancy, sexual and emotional health, and more.

Clare Matrix

Drug detox and rehabilitation, case management and sober living facilities available.

The Maple Counseling Center

The Maple Counseling Center – Low cost therapy from pre-licensed and student therapists

Wright Institute Los Angeles

WILA — Low cost therapy from pre-licensed and student therapists

Community Opportunities

Opportunities to integrate learning into practice. Pay what you discover in therapy forward while connecting with like minded people who want to serve the community.

Alpha LA

Alpha is a fun dinner and group conversation series centered around exploring the big questions of life, spirituality, and faith from a Christian lens in a laid back and non-judgmental environment. It’s for those who do not consider themselves Christians or for those who are rethinking their faith.

Harvest Home

Harvest Home transforms the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that equip women to become great mothers.

LA Dream Center

The Dream Center serves as a resource center focused on providing support to those affected by homelessness, hunger, and the lack of education through residential and community outreach programs.

Hollenbeck Palms

Hollenbeck Palms mission is to enrich the quality of life for their residents by providing comfortable, enjoyable and secure retirement living with great compassion, honesty, dignity and genuine love.

Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit established in 1985 that is dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds in Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. We use science, education, community action, and advocacy to fulfill our mission.

Salvation Army Santa Monica

Provides food assistance, youth programs, ministry, referrals (emergency housing, assisted living, centers for rehabilitation), rental assistance, utility assistance, Vacation Bible School, food & hygiene assistance, clothing/shoes, transportation assistance, life skills support and furniture for newly housed individuals.


As a Chrysalis volunteer, you will work directly with our clients, helping them prepare for, find, and retain employment. By providing job skills training, individualized support, and encouragement, you will empower people to overcome barriers to employment and achieve their personal and professional goals, setting them up to achieve long-term success in the job market.

Safe Place for Youth Volunteers

Safe Place for Youth Volunteers are absolutely essential to SPY’s mission. We’re in need of volunteers at our Access Center, A Bridge Home, and other sites in Venice and Inglewood! Shifts are usually Monday-Friday during regular business hours, with a few weekend opportunities as well.

The People Concern

Volunteers are at the heart of all that we do at The People Concern! Every day, we rely on the generosity of volunteers to effectively serve our community’s most vulnerable residents in myriad ways. Together, we can end human suffering and ensure all of our neighbors are housed, healthy and safe. We are so grateful to our community of over 1,550 volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours to our most vulnerable neighbors! We offer volunteer opportunities at several of our sites pertaining to homelessness, domestic violence and at-risk youth.

Claris Health

Claris Health’s story began over 45 years ago, when a small group of women were inspired to start an organization that offered life-changing services to women, men, and families. Our mission from the start has been to equip and care for individuals and their families, before, during, and after pregnancy and sexual-health choices. Do you have a desire to jump in and lend a hand? We have a rotation of core needs and many other volunteer opportunities that come up throughout the year.

Clare Matrix

CLARE|MATRIX saves lives by providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment for those who struggle with drugs, alcohol and related behavioral health challenges. We strive to enhance the field of treatment worldwide through education, research and training. We invite you, your company or organization to help save lives through recovery. To make an impact, we invite you to get involved in three different ways: Serve, Teach and Supply.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat works together with families, local communities, volunteers and partners from around the world so that more people are able to live in affordable and safe homes. Our advocacy efforts focus on policy reform to remove systemic barriers preventing low-income and historically underserved families from accessing adequate, affordable shelter.