General Resources

General learning

  • National Institute on Mental Health has a lot of helpful information about the science and treatment of many mental health disorders:
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has information about many psychological disorders and conditions and evidence-based treatments in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tradition:
  • An article written in the San Francisco Chronicle describing Cognitive Therapy.
  • For information on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a behavioral approach used to treat many psychological conditions, see
  • An article in Time magazine describing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and shared components of other “third wave” therapies like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
  • In the HBO series “Confessions” Mike Wallace, Martha Manning, and William Styron talk about their personal experiences with major depression.
  • Video by Brene Brown explaining empathy.
  • For research on depression and anxiety, behavioral interventions, meditation, neuroscience and psychophysiology, and emotion regulation, see the following labs and collaborators:

Resources for Couples


  • A self-help book that gives a cognitive-behavioral perspective on how to deal with depression and anxiety is “Feeling Good” by Dr. David Burns.
  • For a Buddhist approach to dealing with adversity, read any of Pema Chödrön’s books (e.g., “When things fall apart,” “The wisdom of no escape”).


  • Hotline for mental health services in San Francisco that links people to public and private mental health resources: Access 415-255-3737
  • To find a psychologist who specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, use the following web sites where you can search for therapists in the whole country:

o        ABCT:

o        ACT:

o        EFT:

Support groups

Participate in research on mood, anxiety, sleep, emotion, memory, and more

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy treatment study on insomnia for post-traumatic stress disorder at San Francisco VA Medical Center / UCSF. Contact Aric Jensen at (415) 221-4810 x 4773 or [email protected]
  • The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy research study at UCSF (“Practicing Alternative Techniques to Heal Depression (PATH-D) Study):