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Trauma and Grief

Domestic Violence Help for Survivors in Antelope Valley

Valley Oasis: 661-945-6736 
Help for D.V. Perpetrators in Antelope Valley: 661-942-2241

National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-4-A-CHILD

Rape/Incest/Sexual Abuse Survivors

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: 800-656-4673

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888

Helping Survivors:


Information about trauma and how it affects the brain


Compassionate Friends in the Antelope Valley is a monthly grief support group for parents or siblings who have lost a loved one: (661) 839-2849

Our House information on grief:

Substance Abuse /Codependency
LGBT Resources

LGBT National Helpline: 888-843-4564

Trevor Project (Suicide Prevention and other LGBT resources): 1-866-488-7386

LA Gender Center: 310-475-8880

OUTReach Center: 661-927-7433


Health Insurance Options for At-Risk Youth:

Support groups can be an important part of taking care of yourself. Below are resources to help you locate free, peer-led as well as fee-for-service in-person and online support group options:


  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides online, peer-led support groups for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA support groups serve peers, young adults, and friends and family members. 


  • Open to Hope (Grief) offers an online support forum where individuals share their stories and connect to others coping with grief and loss.


  • Mental Health America maintains a free, online mental health discussion community.   Discussion topics include mental health concerns, support for family and friends, and coping with mental health stigma.


  • Support Group Central offers virtual support groups on various mental health topics. Groups are typically run by mental health professionals from non-profit agencies. Group dates/times vary depending on the topics. Support groups are free or low-cost. 


  • Smart Recovery manages 40+ weekly peer-led online recovery meetings and 24/7 discussion forum and support.

NAMI has been working to continue offering education programs, support groups and Help Line support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of limitations on gatherings, we strongly recommend calling your local NAMI Affiliate or visit their webpage for the latest information on NAMI Education Program and Support Group scheduling and also, local resources and services. To locate the NAMI nearest you, please click - Find Your Local NAMI.

Books for Trauma Survivors and Grievers

Sometimes it can help to read about other people's experiences of trauma and grief, and how they came through those experiences intact. There are also many terrific books by clinicians who have guided therapy clients through their own negative experiences. Here are some of my favorite books that I'd like to share with you:

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman (May 30, 1997)


The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (September 25, 2014)

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine and Ann Frederick (Jul 7, 1997)

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment  by Babette Rothschild (Oct 17, 2000)

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse by Lisa M. Najavits (Dec 14, 2001)

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition by John W. James and Russell Friedman (Mar 3, 2009)

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt (Feb 1, 2004)

When Children Grieve... by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Leslie Matthews (Jun 4, 2002)

Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying by Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine (Jan 18, 1989)

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing  by Alice Miller, Hildegarde Hannum and Hunter Hannum (Nov 14, 2002)

Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents by Nina Brown EdD LPC (Apr 1, 2008)

I can help you make sense of the feelings that come up while reading these books; I'd be happy to help you if you call 661-233-6771.

If you are a nonprofit agency and would like to be included as a resource here, please contact me. Otherwise, I do not put commercial interests on this page. Thank you for understanding.

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