New Group Offering

From Anxiety to Action: Using feelings to forge connection, meaning, and purpose in a changing world

Facilitated by Dr. Carson Brown

Smoke fills the sky, the pandemic upends our lives, the election looms,
and the uprising for racial justice highlights our nation’s deepest
wounds. Many people feel overwhelmed by fear and grief as we struggle with how to respond to such intense challenges.

In this group, we will be using Joanna Macy’s book Active Hope as a
framework for welcoming all of our emotions as a source of connection
with each other and inspiration for meaningful action. Dr. Macy, a
scholar of Buddhism, systems theory, and deep ecology, calls the
current period in human history The Great Turning, a time when old
oppressive structures are crumbling and we have the opportunity to
create a life-sustaining society in its place.

Macy offers four phases — grounding in gratitude, honoring our pain
for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth — as a structure
for turning our anxiety into action. Using discussion prompts, guided
meditation, centering techniques, storytelling, ritual, and reflective
practices, we will form a supportive community to move through these
phases together and generate creative, authentic responses to crisis.

The ten-session group will be held on Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30pm from October 13 – December 15, 2020. Let’s close out this tumultuous year feeling grounded, empowered, and ready for the changes that heal.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Baywell
office to schedule a 15-minute introductory call with Dr. Brown.

“Our times confront us with realities that are painful to face,
difficult to take in, and confusing to live with. Our approach is to
see this as the starting point of an amazing journey that strengthens
us and deepens our aliveness.”
—Joanna Macy

Telehealth Appointments

During the COVID-19 crisis, Baywell is providing care through telehealth.  Our sessions are conducted through our secure, HIPAA-compliant Zoom account.  While shelter-in-place orders are in effect, telehealth is available to everyone.  We are pleased to deliver high quality mental health care to the safety of your home. Please call our main office to schedule an appointment 415-922-9122 or email us at


Our practice is proud to be part of the UCSF COPE Program.  During this challenging time, our providers are expediting care for healthcare workers in the Bay Area.

Online Resources for Patients

Baywell providers have collected this list of online resources for our patients.  


AACAP – Resources for parents and children

Child Mind Institute – Resources for parents and children

CHADD – ADHD Resource

Tilt Parenting – Resource for parents of differently wired kids

 Lives in the Balance – Parenting resource

 Mind the Gap – Gender Affirming Therapy

Pacific Center for Human Growth – LGBTQ mental health resources East Bay 

Therapists of Color – Bay Area

Alcohol/Substance Use Recovery Online Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):

The Buzz, AA SF/Marin newsletter:

FAQ for Locals:

Al Anon:

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART):

Moderation Management (MM):, Program to “address the needs of beginning stage problem drinkers.”

-San Francisco MM Zoom Meeting, Mondays, 6:30pm:

Zoom Meeting ID: 149 906 498, Password: SFMM. Browser only meeting link:

-Mobile meeting: +1 312 626 6799. San Jose phone numbers: +1 408 638 0968, +1 669 900 6833; ID: 149 906 498, Password: 621360.

-More Info? Write to Kevin:

Marijuana Anonymous (MA): 

-24h chatroom:

-Phone meetings:

Smoking/Tobacco Cessation:

Overeaters Anonymous (OA):  No registration required. Online, telephone, and non-real-time meeting lists.

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA):

Low-Fee Psychotherapy

Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, Telehealth Therapy:

Phone: 415-776-3109, Email:,

Low fee services to Bay Area residents with job loss/support concerns during the health crisis.

Online Peer Support & Support Groups

Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF): 24/7 immediate, free, non-emergency, peer support by phone or online chat. Open to anyone in California.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) online groups page: Free, may require login, page has link to meeting list.

Postpartum Support International (PSI)  online weekly support groups: Requires free email sign up. Groups: Perinatal (Pregnancy & Postpartum) Mood Support Group, Pregnancy Mood Support Group, NICU Parents, Military Moms.       

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Online CBT for Insomnia List:

Basic Free CBT handouts for patients/therapists:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Bay Area DBT & Couples Counseling Center: . Monday night group, 5:30-7.

Online DBT skills group: 

Self-help DBT skills:


10% Happier Coronavirus Guide:

Free guided meditations:

Mindfulness & Compassion (resources from Stanford, including videos): +Helpful list of introductory videos.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) online course (Palouse Mindfulness):

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Walking Mindfulness:

Mindfulness Apps: 10% Happier, Breathe, Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer, Smiling Mind

Mind-Body Medicine

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM):

Online Skills Group:

The Transformation Self-Care Resources:


California COVID-19 Info:

UCSF “Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak:”

NAMI Coronavirus Info (pdf):

Trans/Non-binary Community COVID-19 Resources:

Exercise & Fitness

Weight Watchers Digital Plan (1 week free):

Noom App: Not restrictive, plan for long-term change, applies CBT principles/skills to weight loss.

Streaming Fitness classes (various): https://www.7×

Yoga with Adriene:

Yoga classes library:, 1,300 classes, Lengths vary: 5-90 minutes. Free 30-day trial, then $15/month.

Dance parties (Instagram): Ryan Heffington’s Sweatfest.


Budgeting Apps, 4/2020 (free and low-cost options):


Houseparty: Social app (iOS, Android, Google Chrome extension) that allows users to play virtual social/party games together. (up to 8 people).

Online group/party games:

Synced website, up to 6 people. Players enter with room code.

Netflix Party: Netflix users with Google Chrome browsers on their computers can watch and discuss Netflix movies/TV shows together.

Online classes:

Free coding classes:

Online cooking classes:

Public library content (free with library card):

-Libby/Overdrive App: Can check out ebooks, Kindle books, and audiobooks from the app. Library card required.

-Kanopy App: Access to lectures/courses, foreign films, documentaries, and the arts/performances/plays.



-Free offers from Audible:

Mostly children’s books, multiple languages, +some classics.        

Free public domain audiobooks (published before 1923).

Book Clubs/Discussion: Goodreads (website/app).

The Arts: Virtual Tours & Concerts 

Free virtual tours:

National parks:

NPR concerts:

Free streaming opera: Also, see the CNN and NPR lists above.

-HD Met Opera:

-Audio Met Opera:

Volunteer Activities (online)

Crisis Text Line

Librivox: Volunteer to record some free public domain audiobooks (published before 1923). Search for volunteer activities. Post your own volunteer project

Volunteer Research Projects


 Rosetta@home: “By running Rosetta@home on your computer when you’re not using it you will speed up and extend our efforts to design new proteins and to predict their 3-dimensional shapes.” Online platform for people-powered research.

Volunteer Activities (apps)

 Be My Eyes (iOS/Android)

Sighted volunteer receives a video call from blind or low-vision person for assistance with tasks.

 Tarjimly (iOS/Google Play)

 Tarjimly means “translate for me.” Founded in 2017 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the US Refugee & Travel Ban, their mission is to improve the efficiency of humanitarian services for refugees by eliminating language barriers.

Translators without Borders  (TWB)

Need to be fluent in at least two languages to be a translator. Also looking for other volunteers, including product managers, web/graphic design, fundraisers.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

 The UNV online volunteering service pairs organizations with volunteers to address sustainable development.

Online Resources for Children & Parents

AACAP Coronavirus Resources:

 Talking to Children About COVID-19:

Helping Children Cope with Sheltering in Place:

Disaster and Trauma Resource Center (updated 2/2020):


Mindfulness for children and parents

Mindful Schools (free):

Exercise & Fitness

Indoor Exercise List:

 Kidz Bop:  

-Daily dance break: 3pm PT

Kid-Friendly Field Trips

 Monterey Bay Aquarium:

 San Diego Zoo:


 Boston Children’s Museum:


 STEM Activities

 NOAA’s list of science activities (updated 4/3):

 Boeing Future U:

 Scratch Coding Classes/Online Community:

-ScratchJr for 5-7yo:

 Daily Science Experiments:

 General Activities:

 Story Time

 Free Audible:

 Storyline Online children’s literacy program (stories read by actors):

Set Up An Initial Appointment

Call 415-922-9122 to set up your initial consultation at Baywell