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San Luis Obispo Vet Center

We offer confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include counseling for needs such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). We can also connect you with more support in VA and your community.

Locations and contact information

Main Location

1070 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Direct line

Exterior of the San Luis Obispo Vet Center

Other locations

Vet Centers are community based to be more accessible in areas where you live.

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We also have non-traditional hours that change periodically given our community’s needs. Please call us to find out more.

Need help after hours?

Our call center is available 24/7. Call us anytime at 877-927-8387.

Prepare for your visit

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  • First time visitor? Stop by during our office hours or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help
  • Many of our services are available on a walk-in basis
  • Please call 805-782-9101 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors
  • Non-traditional hours are available

If you are unfamiliar with the area, please don't hesitate to call for directions. 

If you are travelling by bus, SLO Transit line 1A stops at the corner of Laurel and Southwood located just a few hundred feet from the Vet Center.  

Disabled accessible parking is available directly in front of the Vet Center. 

You do not need to be registered for care at VA, rated for a service connected disability, or receiving any other form of VA benefits. On your first visit, we will look for one or more of the following:

  • Discharge documents (such as a DD214)
  • Receipt of certain awards
  • Deployment orders
  • Other documents that show qualifying military service

Request your military service records online.

If you don’t have these documents on-hand, come in and we can work with you to establish your eligibility and also answer any questions you might have.

In the spotlight at San Luis Obispo Vet Center

Counseling services

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We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center has Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists onsite to offer family and couples counseling.

Specialty care at our center includes:

  • Significant Others Support Group
  • EFT (Emotional Focused Couples Therapy)
  • Gottman couples therapy protocol

We’re here to support you if someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change.

If you're having trouble adjusting to a difficult life change or someone close to you has died the San Luis Obispo Vet Center can offer counseling and other support, such as:

  • Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one while they were serving on active duty
  • Also eligible are family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty. 

If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger, or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. We’ll work with you to help you achieve your personal goals.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center offers individual, group and family counseling:

  • Veteran Support Groups
  • Activity Groups
  • Trauma Focused Therapy Groups
  • Skill Building Groups
  • Wellness Groups 

Specialty care includes:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) 

We also offer therapeutic activities such as outdoor events, workshops and BBQ's. 

If you experienced sexual assault or harassment during military service, we can help you get the counseling you need. Any Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, who experienced military sexual trauma is eligible to receive counseling. This applies to people of all genders from any service era.

If you have symptoms of PTSD after a traumatic event, we can help. We offer assessment and support through private counseling and group therapy. We can also refer you to VA or community counseling for treatment and therapy resources.

The San Luis Obispo Vet Center offers evidence-based therapies, including: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) 

If you’re returning from military service, we’ll help you transition to civilian life. We can connect you with educational and career counseling, mental health services, and other programs and benefits that will support your transition.

Whole health puts you—instead of your illnesses or conditions—at the center of care. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center partners with community organizations to offer therapeutic activities such as:

  • Tai Chi Group
  • Chair Yoga Group
  • Organic Gardening Group
  • Mindfulness Group
  • Adaptive Surfing
  • Ziplining 
  • Deep Sea Fishing 

If you’re a woman Veteran transitioning to civilian life, we can help you find counseling, support, and referral services to meet your specific needs.

At the San Luis Obispo Vet Center, we offer a Women Veterans Support Group which meets in the evenings should you have work, school or childcare responsibilities which make it a challenge to attend such groups during the day.  

Referral services

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We can help you overcome substance use problems, from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening addiction. We'll connect you to services for your specific needs.

If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help you connect with resources in your community.

At the San Luis Obispo Vet Center, we can connect you with the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs or other community resources for those that are unhoused.  

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (select 1) to get support anytime day or night. This service is private, free, and available 24/7. Our Vet Center can also connect you with ongoing counseling and services.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center can connect you with crisis care as well as with ongoing counseling and services. 

We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center can help you know where to go and how to register for:

  • How to get VA medical benefits and register for care
  • Where to go to file claims and other forms
  • Understanding your VA education benefits
  • Education and referral for VA burial benefits
  • Housing and home loans

San Luis Obispo Vet Center can also connect you to Veterans Service Organizations in your community.

Other services

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We provide private organizations and community agencies education on our Veteran community and military culture. Together, we build referral networks to expand support for Veterans, service members, and their families.

San Luis Obispo Vet Center supports local Veterans through partnerships with government and community agencies. We help local organizations understand how they can collaborate with the Vet Center and other VA programs to benefit Veterans, Servicemembers and the community as a whole.

We offer secure and confidential individual and group counseling through telehealth. You can schedule a phone or video appointment for Vet Center services.

Veterans in rural communities may be able to connect remotely with San Luis Obispo Vet Center counselors and staff to receive services.

We offer workshops and classes if you want to connect with other Veterans but don't want a group counseling setting.

The San Luis Obispo Vet Center offers workshops and seminars throughout the year.  Topics have included: 

  • VA Benefits for Survivors and Dependents
  • Self-Care for Caregivers 
  • PTSD, Readjustment and the Family
  • Health and Wellness Through the Holidays 

How we're different than a clinic

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Vet Centers are small, non-medical, counseling centers conveniently located in your community. They're staffed by highly trained counselors and team members dedicated to seeing you through the challenges that come with managing life during and after the military.

Whether you come in for one-on-one counseling or to participate in a group session, at Vet Centers you can form social connections, try new things, and build a support system with people who understand you and want to help you succeed.

Vet Center services are available to you at no cost, regardless of discharge character, and without you needing to be enrolled in VA health care or having a service-connected disability. If you are a Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, you can access our services if you:

  • Served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility.
  • Experienced military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era.) 
  • Provided mortuary services or direct emergent medical care to treat the casualties of war while serving on active military duty.
  • Performed as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility.
  • Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 2, 2013 as a Vietnam-Era Veteran.
  • Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the president, or under orders of the governor or chief executive of a state in response to a disaster or civil disorder in that state.
  • Are a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, regardless of the location.

We encourage you to contact us, even if you are unsure if you meet these criteria. If we can’t help you, we will find someone who will.

Our services are also available to family members when their participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or active-duty service member. If you consider them family, so do we. We also offer bereavement services to family members of Veterans who were receiving Vet Center services at the time of the Veteran’s death, and to the families of service members who died while serving on active duty.

No. You do not have to be enrolled in VA Healthcare or have a service connected disability.

Safe and confidential. Our records cannot be accessed by other VA offices, the DoD, military units, or other community networks and providers without your permission or unless required to avert a life-threatening situation.  Here, you can be as open as you want – there’s absolutely no judgement.