HELLO AND WELCOME
Now Accepting New Clients
A Message to Our Community: We are now accepting new clients and offering both video and in-person (limited availability) counseling services. All other services including training and speaking engagements are conveniently provided via video. Visit our Resource Page for information on coping with COVID-19.
We are a small town counseling practice located in Oakdale and Sonora, CA, serving Stanislaus County, Tuolumne County and surrounding areas. Our practice embraces the culture of small town communities and values the importance of relationship building, hospitality, collaboration, and community. These values are deeply rooted within the culture of our office and service to our clients, as we are committed to providing quality, confidential services.
2021 Free Live Webinar Series
Join us every month February - August 2021 for Free Live Webinars on mental health related topics including child and teen anxiety, anxiety in LGBTQI+ youth, mindfulness, trauma-informed parenting are more.
Select webinars are provided in partnership with the Columbia College FKCE Program and developed for Resource Families, but are open to all caregivers, educators, and other participants.
Rates & Insurance
In effort to increase access to counseling services, we are temporarily offering courtesy billing to insurance for all new clients with PPO Plans or other health insurances with out-of-network benefits. Please note, we are primarily an out-of-network provider for most insurance plans. Follow the link for a Guide to Out-of-Network Benefits.
To view all billing options and a list of insurances we are in-network with visit our Rates & Insurance.
Patterson Irrigator News "Invest In Me Holds 6th Annual Youth Empowerment Conference"
- Alyssa Najera of Small Town Counseling hosts one of two workshops on teen mental health at Invest In Me Youth Empowerment Conference. Click here to watch the full conference.
Oakdale Leader "COVID-19 Consequence: Teen Anxiety on the Rise"
- Interview with Kim Van Meter with the Oakdale Leader on the emotional impact of COVID and Distance Learning on children and teens.
Therapists Uncut Podcast An informative, self-help podcast for grown ups. making mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. Making mental health relatable through casual conversation, inspirational stories, guest interviews, and real talk with friends who happen to be therapists.
Life isn’t always easy, and sometimes the challenge with being strong is that nobody knows when you are hurt. It’s not uncommon to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking support for personal matters but feel confident that you are taking a positive step towards being a better you. Even the strongest people amongst us can use a bit of help to navigate through some of life’s more challenging or even everyday struggles. Whatever your struggle may be, know there is hope. Start working toward a better tomorrow, today.
"Supporting professionals in high stress work environments and helping children heal from trauma."
About Alyssa Najera, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer
Small Town Counseling is privately owned by Alyssa Najera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #86618). Alyssa is a licensed psychotherapist, Child Welfare Services (CWS) Social Worker and Supervisor Alumni, and owner of Small Town Counseling. With personal roots in Escalon, CA and professional roots in Stanislaus County and Tuolumne County, Alyssa has a deep love and appreciation for small towns, values the power of community and is committed to providing quality, confidential services.
Alyssa is also a co-host on the new Therapists Uncut Podcast, a podcast to help you feel enlightened, validated, and inspired as a group of off-the-clock therapists talk about all things real life and make mental health relatable. Join off-the clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews, casual and, at times, difficult conversations. Tune in every Monday on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) iHeartRadio, Spotify, TherapistsUncut, or watch every video episode on Youtube or IGTV.