About SOS

Mission
Our mission is to help individuals, families, and youth be successful in all aspects of their lives, regardless of their ability to pay, while employing and training quality therapists as they gain hours towards MFT licensure.
 
Who We Are 
SOS is a collective of mental health therapists, interns, trainees and supervisors who share the goal of helping young people, adult individuals, couples, and families develop tools and perspectives to facilitate greater self awareness and esteem, healthier relationships, and ultimately a greater opportunity to live healthy, happy, and fulfilled lives.  While each of our counselors employs a unique approach and skill set to their work with clients, all have completed training (minimum of a Masters degree) in Counseling, Psychology, or a related field, preparing them (and professionally enabling) them to see clients as either a Licensed or Intern Marriage and Family Therapist.  Our counselors work with clients who face extremely diverse circumstances and challenges to their developmental, social, psychological, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Despite the unique – oftentimes complex and devastating – issues facing clients, our therapists share a deep commitment to treating each with the highest level of respect and compassion, while working to enable positive, productive growth through the counseling process.

SOS is a registered 501(c)(3) California non-profit, tax ID 81-0676520.
Board of Directors
Jan Beaulyn, MFT – Board President
Steffan O’Neill, MFT – Secretary
Todd West – Treasurer
Misty Mesel – Member at Large
Jeffery Diamond – Member at Large
 
Executive Director
Julie Waters, MA 
 
Clinical Director
Tom Newell, MFT

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History

Support Our Students (SOS) was established in 1993 by Sonoma State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Mark Doolittle in response to community and school needs and has been a model program of partnership between community organizations, foundations, school districts, and graduate school training programs to provide counseling services to school-age youth at no cost to individuals or families. In recent years, SOS has expanded its services through a community-based clinic program to provide low-means families and individuals in our region access to high-quality counseling services at the lowest possible cost. As we have expanded to provide additional off-campus services through our community clinics, our mission retains our founding vision: Support our Students (SOS) is dedicated to providing vulnerable families, children, and individuals the highest quality, compassionate, and skilled mental health counseling services at minimal or no cost.

IMG_1030  Mark Doolittle, PhD, Founder of SOS Counseling Services

Our Perspective The counseling relationship and process can be a powerful tool for enabling positive psychological, emotional, and behavioral growth for individuals and their relationships. The bonds of empathy, awareness and insight that characterize healthy relationships are a cornerstone of individual, family, community, and societal health. They serve to directly and powerfully counteract self-destructiveness, narrow-mindedness, intolerance, and violence. Financial limitations should not interfere with the opportunity for individuals, children, and families to have access to high quality mental health services.

Our Commitment

  • We will work to ensure that no individual, family or child in our community will be prohibited from having access to counseling services due to a lack of financial resources.
  • We will collaborate with relevant community partners to most effectively supplement existing local programs and services for these populations.
  • We will advocate for both the immediate welfare and the social progress of our clients and all those who have limited access to mental health services.
  • We will endeavor to provide the highest quality, solution oriented, ethical and compassionate counseling services to each of our clients.