The Relational Center


  • If you are looking for sliding scale counseling, we are at capacity, and the current wait-list is six months or longer.





Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in loss, substance misuse, depression, isolation, and grief. Our aim is to continue providing inclusive mental health services to our communities during a time for healing. We have increased services over 40% since the pandemic began, as we offer both virtual and in-person counseling, including many groups that are free and open to the public. Help us build stronger, more empathic communities that can change the world! Please donate today, in whatever amount you can, we are depending on you. 


Please donate to The Relational Center to support our mission to provide sliding-scale counseling to folks in need! Help us, help others. Thank you! teal_heart Discord & Slack Emoji




“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.” — bell hooks

Online Support Groups

To create an additional space for continued connection during these times of increased isolation we will be offering online video chat support groups. These groups are free and open to our members, volunteers, supporters, and the general public – anyone who could use a little connection and support. You are welcome to join and invite your friends and family as well. Spread the word!

More info and how to join:

We want to acknowledge that many of the measures being taken to keep communities protected work directly against so much of what we value and know keeps us supported, happy, and well — relationships and community! The coming days and weeks may be further isolating, confusing, and difficult in a world that is already all of these things. We encourage you to engage with social connections mindfully during this time and to be creative in your reaches for nourishing support.

Who We Are

We exist to promote the essential importance of relationships. When we value our connections with others and with the environment, we create the necessary conditions for health and sustainability. So our work promotes personal, interpersonal, and social practices that help people build strong, resilient relationships. Our programs provide healing support, a space for community building, and tools for leadership.

What We Do

Get Empathy

Trains allies in schools and youth-serving organizations to foster leadership and civic engagement among young people. Teacher Training * Youth Leadership

Leadership Institute

Trains leaders in mission-driven institutions to catalyze community engagement and social transformation. Consultation * Clinical Training * Community Gestalt Therapy

Community Project

Draws people close to resist isolation and nurture health through counseling, groups, workshops, and volunteering. Counseling Request * Groups & Workshops

Why We Do It

To Protect

We are connected with
the whole ecology. So
what feeds connection
also nourishes us.


To Confront

As part of the ecology,
human life comes under
threat when these
connections unravel.


To Gather

To overcome this threat,
we need a culture
that keeps us nourishing
these connections.


To Take

To catalyze this
kind of culture,
The Relational Center
takes three actions.


Our Get Empathy campaign spreads empathy through a peer education curriculum taught to students, teachers, mentors, and allies nationally. This campaign also inspires leadership among young people and builds community in schools and organizations devoted to youth development and citizen engagement.

Our Leadership Institute inspires leadership by teaching and coaching a variety of changemakers in mission-driven organizations internationally. The institute also spreads empathy through popular education and builds community by nurturing leadership circles and action networks.

Our Community Project in Los Angeles is designed to demonstrate that when we build community, we have more resources to draw upon when confronting threats to our values. The project also spreads empathy through healing support and inspires leadership by giving people opportunities to volunteer, share stories, and participate in social action.

The Relational Center’s mission is to lead a shift to a culture that values empathy, diversity, and interdependence. We envision a world in which communities collaborate to practice mindful compassion, mutual support, and civic engagement.

The Relational Center is a 501c3 nonprofit community organization.