Since 1982, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (CSS) has provided low-fee therapy to bereaved members of the community. CSS also plays a vital role in responding to traumatic events and post-disaster services throughout the community. Losing someone important to us is one of the most confusing and frightening experiences we ever have to face.
CSS provides low-fee therapy to adults who are bereaved or affected by the traumatic loss through suicide, homicide, or sudden loss. Our therapy groups for suicide survivors and those who have attempted suicide are vital for isolated and at-risk individuals during times of loss.
Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for people who are grieving the death of a significant other. We appreciate how difficult it may be for you to come in and talk to us during this time of loss. We specialize in working with those affected by traumatic loss: accidental death, suicide, and homicide. Many survivors who make use of our services find individual and/or group therapy experiences supportive and reassuring.
Many of the individuals we serve have been affected by traumatic experiences. Our service incorporates evidence about the prevalence and impact of traumatic events across the life span in order to exceed best-practice standards of public service agencies.
CSS provides group, individual, couples and family therapy and debriefing services. Therapy is provided by mental health trainees and registered associates who receive specialized, ongoing training in grief and trauma. Our trainees and registered associates are supervised by licensed mental health professionals with expertise in grief and trauma work.
Whom We Serve
CSS provides therapy services to residents of Alameda County of all ages. Bereavement groups are provided to adults 18 years of age and older. Individual Bereavement Therapy is provided to individuals, couples, families, and children.
- SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE
This group provides a safe, therapeutic environment for people to explore and process their feelings about having lost a loved one to suicide.
- SUICIDE ATTEMPT SURVIVORS
This group offers people with suicidal thoughts and feelings, a safe, confidential, and supportive environment to explore their experiences, identify coping strategies, and create their own safety plans.
- BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE THERAPY GROUP
Bereavement by suicide can be a profoundly challenging experience. This a group designed to support people through the unique experience of losing a loved one to suicide. This group is facilitated by trained professionals, with a focus on connecting to others who have survived a similar loss. Attendees to this group will explore together the range of emotional responses that come from this grief.
- ANTICIPATORY GRIEF
A confidential place for exploring feelings that arise when we are faced with the anxiety and stress that the long-term and terminal illness of a loved one brings.
- BEREAVEMENT THERAPY GROUP
A safe and confidential therapy group for coping with loss and life transitions. This group provides education, therapy, and practical strategies to help individuals move toward healing in their personal grief experience.
- “Victims of Crime” funding is available
- Sliding scale based upon ability to pay
- No one turned away for lack of financial resources
All Grief Therapy services are conducted in Alameda County, California.