Home ~ Paperwork for New Clients (pdf format) ~ Cradled Heart (RE burnout, compassion fatigue & wellness)
Therapy Review Form (pdf format) ~ My Theory of Choice (an old & still relevant college paper) ~ Paying for Counseling, etc.
Resources, etc. ~ What to Expect from your Licensed Mental Health Counselors (pdf format - from WA State Dept. of Health)
Contact Me ~ Gabi Clayton (My personal website & lots of resources.)

Gabi (Gabrielle N.) Clayton, LMHC - Olympia, WA

Resources, etc.

Crisis Assistance:

Call 911 for emergencies: suicide attempts, medical crises, fire, etc..

Crisis Line: (360) 586-2800 - The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties (WA). 24 hour a day, 7 days a week free telephone crisis intervention and information referral services. Also they maintain an online community services list for Thurston and Mason Counties.

Youth Help Line of South Sound: (360) 586-27770 - answered by trained teen and adult volunteers. Crisis intervention, information and referral to community resources - community outreach. A project of The Crisis Clinic.

Washington State 2-1-1 - Call 211 for free and confidential information and referral for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

The Trevor Project Helpline 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386) - USA national free and confidential 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline and crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, and persons wanting information on how to help them in crisis.

The resources below are in addition to the many resources I have on my personal website which can all be found starting here with resources specific to health & support - physical and mental health, sexuality, gender, and more here.

5 Ways to Prevent Activist Burnout - Two essays by Nina Jacinto about the importance of self-care for activists who often feel that there is always more work to be done, and prioritize struggles for justice over their physical and emotional health. Published in Wiretap Magazine in September 2009. Part I and Part II.

ActivistTrauma.net and The Activist Trauma Database is based in Oxford, UK. ActivistTrauma.net is an excellent resource for political activists who may be injured during or by their political activities or may be struggling with mental health issues related to activism. The Activist Trauma Database lists folks (mostly in the UK) who work with people overcoming traumatic experiences mostly (but not exclusively) caused by political violence.
I'm very proud to be listed in the database

"Trauma work is part of resistance. ... Supporting people who have been traumatized should be a central part of our activism, for without support and solidarity we can be easily picked off. This is not exciting or glamorous, it's hard work. However it can be rewarding, interesting and have very positive results. We may sometimes feel powerless in the face of all their power but we CAN help each other."

See more information and handouts from Activist Trauma Support (in English and some are also in other languages) at: http://www.activist-trauma.net/en/downloads.html
including, in part:

Mental Health Matters

Why We Think This Is Important ...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and activists.

How to cope with being attacked by the police and other assailants

Activist trauma and recovery (pdf format - 2 large pages)

Sustainable Activism & Avoiding Burnout (pdf format - 2 large pages)

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma - based at University of Washington in Seattle - this is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism; advocates ethical and thorough reporting of trauma; sensitive, professional treatment of victims and survivors by journalists, and greater awareness by media organizations of the impact of trauma coverage on both news professionals and news consumers. They have tips and tools for working with disaster, homicide, self-care, sexual violence, suicide, and veterans.

The Four Faces of Anger - by Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc, begins with: "What's the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word ANGER? Frustration? Yelling? Loss of Control? Violence? Maybe fear, silence or avoidance? All reasonable responses...Or are they? A bit one-sided, for my taste, that is, the "anger glass" appears "half empty." How about a "half full" perspective: confrontation, energy, power and tenacity? Or honesty and being real?"

Gateway to PTSD Information - information and resources on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Go Ask Alice! Emotional Health - from a team of Columbia University health educators and health care providers.

GoodTherapyGoodTherapy.org - an association of counselors & therapists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. GoodTherapy.org promotes the movement toward more collaborative, empowering, and non-pathological forms of psychotherapy by helping people find therapists and counselors who believe "people are proficient," capable of feeling peaceful and satisfied with life, and can, with a bit of guidance, access their own wisdom and healing potential to overcome the obstacles to health & happiness. GoodTherapy.org provides a directory of therapists & counselors who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. You can find a counselor and explore therapy on their website. I'm listed in the GoodTherapy database here.

"People are Proficient: All people are born with the capacity to grow, heal, and change. Far too often people are seen as deficient and lacking what it takes to be healthy and happy. Our intention is to counter this destructive trend by promoting the therapists who are on the front lines of individual healing and social transformation. Let us open our hearts to the pain and suffering all humans endure and let us help those of us who're harboring too much of it, to release it, to heal, and to reconnect with their truer Self."

International Network on Personal Meaning - the positive psychology of personal meaning, meaning of life and existential therapy, promoting health, spirituality & peace through meaning. 

Internet Mental Health - an encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long. 

Mental Health Net - dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns.

Psych Central - Dr. John Grohol's website has mental health, support and psychology information and resources.

Shrink Rap Radio - Are you interested in what makes people tick? Do you want to know what psychology has to say on the social issues of the day? This is the podcast for the amateur psychologist in everyone. "All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous." As a long time psychologist/professor/therapist/workshop-leader, "Dr. Dave" - aka  David Van Nuys - brings more-or-less weekly interviews with fascinating practitioners who work in and around the broad field of psychology.  David has another interview podcast series on topics in Mental Health, Wellness and Psychotherapy at mentalhelp.net called Wise Counsel.

Will I Go Crazy? - a website Dr. Jean M. Bradt about Bipolar Disorder and about beating the stigma of mental illness; with information for friends, family members, caregivers; and mental health/allied professionals. 

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