Find Therapists and Counselors in San Luis Obispo, CA

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About San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is the government seat of San Luis Obispo County, California. The city has a land area of 13 square miles. San Luis Obispo is situated along the San Luis Obispo Creek at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The city was incorporated in 1856.

San Luis Obispo has a population of 48,000 people. From 2010 to 2016, the number of residents increased by 5%. The racial composition of San Luis Obispo is 73% white, 17% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 2% black. The median age in the city is 26 years old. 

Foreign-born people make up 9% of the population (compared to 27% of people state-wide). Seventeen percent of residents speak a foreign language at home. The city has 5,300 Spanish speakers and 500 Chinese speakers.

San Luis Obispo has around 18,600 households. The homeownership rate is 37%. The median household income is $47,800, which is significantly lower than California’s average of $63,800.

Mental Health in San Luis Obispo

Access to adequate mental health care is a concern for people in the city of San Luis Obispo. Around 9% of residents do not have medical insurance. A third of residents live below the poverty line and may struggle to afford care. 

San Luis Obispo County offers low-cost community counseling to uninsured adults. Services include group or individual counseling.

Younger residents can access mental health counseling through several services. The Student Support Counseling program assists youths in middle school and high school. The program provides mental health assessment, substance abuse education, and treatment referrals. The Young Adult Counseling Program offers free counseling to residents between ages 16 and 25.

References:

  1. Community counseling. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Behavioral-Health/Prevention-Outreach/Services/Community-Counseling.aspx
  2. QuickFacts: San Luis Obispo city, California. (n.d.). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/sanluisobispocitycalifornia/PST045216
  3. San Luis Obispo. (n.d.). Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/place/San-Luis-Obispo
  4. San Luis Obispo, CA. (n.d.). Data USA. Retrieved from https://datausa.io/profile/geo/san-luis-obispo-ca
  5. Student support counseling. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Behavioral-Health/Prevention-Outreach/Services/Student-Support-Counseling.aspx
  6. Young adult counseling. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Behavioral-Health/Prevention-Outreach/Services/Young-Adult-Counseling.aspx