Mental Health Services

All too often, Indian-Americans are reluctant to seek assistance for what they consider private issues. We all need help at times, and it’s important to reach out for your sake and the sake of those close to you. We can guide you in a private, confidential way to resources that can help improve your personal wellness. 

SERVICES WE OFFER

Services

IACS mental health services promote whole health by addressing physical, mental, and social well-being. Services may include individual, group, and/or family therapy and counseling, as well as wellness and day activity programs.

Our services include:

  • Individual, family, and group therapy
  • Support and skills building groups
  • Art Therapy
  • Facilitated Support Groups
  • Peer support
  • Crisis needs
Crisis Needs

In times of crisis our mental health can suffer more than we realize. Our health professionals will provide referral and coordination services to address crises needs, intervention stabilization, medical assessments, medication evaluation and management. We also offer services to help with other needs such as vocational services, substance use disorder treatment and groups, domestic violence advocacy and support services, housing resources, educational resources, health and dental care, self-help groups, etc.

Seniors Support

We incorporate a culturally nuanced approach to our mental health services via holistic health, which addresses mental, physical, and social well-being. Our team of multilingual, bicultural, skilled navigators meet with seniors and connect them to support groups.

We offer moderated Chai Chat social Sessions (Tues. and Thurs. 4-5 pm) to engage with our aging adults and help them discover meaningful friendships in a non-traditional support system. Seniors discover their passion for music, dance, storytelling, and art through these sessions.

On a need basis, our seniors will be referred for in depth support sessions and individualized support, both of which are offered by licensed mental health professionals from the South Asian community.

NAMI-IAWW Facilitated Support Groups: Third Fridays 4-5:30 pm. The IAWW-NAMI Support Groups offer insights, emotional support as well as successful strategies for coping with everyday challenges. The support groups are led by nationally certified facilitators with lived experience of mental illness. All support groups are ;free, do not require insurance, and are held on a drop-in basis with no required length of participation. For more information, please contact us at seniorcoord@iaww.org or call (253) 234-9989 (ext. 3).

Family Therapy

We also serve parents who have emotional and behavioral health needs and can benefit from family-centered and parenting assistance. Our culturally nuanced mental health and wellness providers network understand issues that impact today’s youth and their developmental needs.

Youth Therapy

IACS offers supportive and individualized emotional and behavioral health services to children and youth of all ages, from birth to young adulthood. In addition to supporting individual youth, we seek to work with the family system that supports them, knowing that families provide primary guidance in a youth’s life.

Play Therapy

With some creativity and unconventional practices, family therapy can become child friendly. Play-based techniques includes nondirective and directive forms of therapy. Nondirective for example, allows a client to play with sand to relieve stress, whereas directive can have a client tell a story about a family using puppets to learn more about the client's family dynamics. No matter the form, play therapy can significantly increase child participation in family therapy.

IACS' early childhood services include aspects of play therapy for families combined with a resource referral system for families needing developmental, occupational and behavioral screening and support services with case management.

Play therapy has also been refined and targeted to a variety of different disorders, from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

For more information on any of the services listed above please contact us:

Adult Mental Health Services: seniorcoord@iaww.org; (253) 234-9989 (Ext. 5)

Youth Mental Health Services (for 8 -20 years): ypdirectors@iaww.org; (253) 234-9989 (Ext. 4)

Early Childhood and Parent Mental health Services: directorcommunity@iaww.org; (253) 234-9989 (Ext. 5)