Behavioral Health Services
CTHP’s Behavioral Health Department aims to provide culturally relevant and confidential assessment and screening, counseling, treatment, referrals, as well as support groups for the health and wellbeing of our patients.
Who We Serve
Children, youth, adults and seniors, Elders, families, men and women.
Services and Support
- Substance abuse counseling.
- Counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and elders, as well as family counseling and therapy.
- Assessments, referrals, clinical screening and assessment, substance abuse counseling, support group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, chronic pain management through stress reduction, hypnotherapy, stress management through self relaxation techniques and meditation.
- Group support: Red Road to Wellness
CTHP Outpatient Treatment Program
Traditional Healer Program
Red Road to Wellness
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Indian Senior Center
425 N. State St., Ukiah, CA
Contact 707-467-5645 for more information.
Find more Red Road Group meetings in Mendocino County on our Events page.
Patient Care Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
To make an appointment, call 707-467-5645.
To cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance where possible. This allows us to find another appointment time for you and accommodate other patients.
Registration, Coverage and Payment for Services
Contact PRC (Purchased and Referred Care) at 707-467-4641 to register as a new patient, or for information about eligibility and coverage.
Contact the Billing department at 707-467-5637 for information about payment.
Transportation is available for eligible patients in need upon referral by your provider. See Transportation Services for more information.
Please visit Your First Visit to register if you are a new patient.
Melanie Ulvila, LCSW, Behavioral Health Director
Melanie began her career working in a wraparound model to keep children in their home environment, providing case management for families. She’s worked with emotionally disturbed children in a daycare environment. Following her tenure at an associate level therapist for families in crisis, her work involved assisting Veterans with afford able and appropriate housing within the San Francisco area. Melanie began her tenure at CTHP as an LCSW providing mental health services specializing in children's needs. She has certification in Positive Indian Parenting, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Positive Parenting Principles. Melanie works with parents on parenting issues and has experience working with local child welfare and juvenile probation systems. As the Behavioral Health Director, Melanie is responsible for oversight of CTHP’s Behavioral Health Department and works with external agencies for the benefit of programs and services to better serve CTHP patients and Tribal communities.
Christine Friedrich, LCSW
Christine has EMDR and Hypnotherapy certification along with training in other therapeutic modalities. She works with clients on issues such as past and present trauma, Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety disorders, depression, grief/loss, chronic medical issues such as pain management, overall stress reduction/relaxation and the effect that stress has on health conditions such as diabetes. Christine is pursuing ongoing training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy through the University of Mass. Medical School which is based on cutting edge neuroscience research in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and mental health issues. Christine works collaboratively with patients’ primary care providers as appropriate, and empowers clients in helping them to achieve and manage optimum health and wellness .
Debbie Swayze, CATC I, Substance Abuse Counselor
Debbie grew up and has lived in this area for over 47 years. She is in recovery from addiction and has firsthand experience with how addiction devastates the Native American culture. Debbie studied at Mendocino Community College with a major in Alcohol & Other Drug Studies. She is registered & certified through California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators: (CAADE). Debbie is trained in Triple P, a positive parenting program. Debbie has worked with adults through a variety of referrals including the county and federal probation and parole to overcome substance use issues (which includes alcohol) in order to become productive and successful members of our community. She worked with the county for over seven years as a Substance Abuse Counselor, four years in collaboration with the courts, attorneys, probation and the Child Welfare System in Family Dependency Drug Court program. Debbie will be working with local Tribes to address substance use disorder treatment issues, developing a substance abuse program to be recognized and acknowledged by the courts, probation and Child Welfare System as an equal alternative.
Fara Izadi, ASW, Medical Social Worker
Fara Izadi is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) with over 10 years of experience in a variety of settings serving diverse individuals. Fara started her journey as a social worker in 2006 in Southern California serving individuals and families who struggled with mental illness and addiction. She moved to Northern California in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in social work. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2014 and accepted a position as a Mental Health Specialist with Lake County, California. She has used modalities such as mindfulness, Solution focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Neurofeedback to treat trauma, depression, and anxiety. She also has extensive experience providing case management services to Severely Mentally Ill individuals. Fara believes in collaborating and providing a safe and supportive environment to individuals and families to assist them to overcome obstacles and move forward and thrive.