CERI offers a holistic array of culturally-sensitive bilingual services that support the mental health and well-being of refugee and immigrant clients who have multiple layers of complex needs. We integrate traditional services such as clinical mental health counseling and medication management with culturally/spiritually tailored intervention strategies such as a meditation group co-facilitated by a Buddhist monk.
Social Services & Advocacy
At CERI, we build a trusting relationship with each client to meet his or her needs. We offer direct services or link clients to appropriate agencies to help them overcome barriers and issues (housing, legal, citizenship, etc.) that impact their mental and physical health. By building these bonds of trust we increase our clients participation in individual therapy, group therapy and other services.
Support Groups
CERI offers a range of culturally-grounded support groups to its clients that emphasize self-expression, body awareness, and connecting to a peer support network. Currently, the majority of our clients are enrolled in the following weekly/biweekly groups:
  • Stress Reduction & Meditation group
  • Movement/Dance group
  • Yoga and deep relaxation group
  • Men’s expressive arts & ESL groups
  • Women’s self-expression group using visualization and dream work, knitting and sewing, painting, jewelry making and cooking.
Clinical Counseling
Therapy is conducted with the assistance of an interpreter to individual clients, couples and families. Therapy can be either short or long term, depending on the level of need.
Medication Management Clinic
For clients who require psycho-tropic medication, the agency offers a monthly psychiatric clinic that offers psychiatric evaluation and medication management on site with the assistance of an interpreter.
Body Work, Homeopathy & Acupuncture
Alternative medicine and healing body work are offered to clients by an experienced acupuncturist and massage therapist. In the future, we would like to expand our program and build relationships with homeopathic clinicians and chiropractic and physical therapy programs.



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Recent Activities
The Retreat Trip to Tahoe
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
Jane Howard

This weekend was a beautiful gathering and a joyful opportunity for a group of the women members of the CERI mental health community to spend time together, eat, talk, laugh and explore the outdoor activities and natural beauty of the Tahoe area. [Read more]

CERI Supports An Orphanage in Cambodia

In October 2010, CERI staff and 13 clients embarked on the agency’s first trip to Cambodia. A few days before returning to the United States, in Siem Reap, the group was approached for help by two young boys, ages 9 and 11. Both boys lived on the streets and were being physically and emotionally abused by the bully who worked as their boss. One of the boys had a burnt foot, as his foot was set on fire earlier that day by his boss for not collecting enough money from begging on the street. The boys asked to be taken to an orphanage where they could have a safe living condition and could also go to school. [Read more]

A Spiritual Journey to the Homeland: CERI Clients and Staff Confront Past Traumas and Current Poverty in Cambodia

In October of 2010 CERI organized a trip to Cambodia with 13 clients. Most of the clients had not visited their homeland since they were forced to flee from Pol Pot's genocidal regime. [Read more]