About Tools4Families

Caring for a family member with mental illness can be a difficult and frustrating experience. You’re not alone, as 10% of the population in the United States struggles with depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Unfortunately, few services are available to help family members learn the significant role they can play in their loved-one’s recovery.

There are evidence-based family therapies for severe mental illness that have been shown to be highly effective. Our clinicians and researchers have decades of experience doing ground-breaking work to bring this form of therapy to the mainstream.

We’re currently developing online education programs that will provide families like yours specific ways they can help their loved one and reduce the chances of relapse. We’re also dedicated to encouraging self-care for family members whose struggles often take a back seat.

Helping families create strong bonds is what we do. Even if you don’t have a family member with mental illness, we provide you with tools to help improve your relationships, your communication skills, and your collective problem-solving and coping skills.

Noosha Niv, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist; CA License #PSY28157

Dr. Noosha Niv, founder of the Mind Matters Institute, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at UCLA and completed a NIDA postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. She is currently the National Education Director for the VA Mental Health Centers of Excellence, the Director of the VA VISN 22 MIRECC Education and Dissemination Unit, and an Associate Project Scientist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She has led national efforts to disseminate and implement the latest evidence-based practices within the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other settings in which Veterans receive care. Her training workshops have been attended by over 1000 VA clinicians nationally. Dr. Niv conducts clinical and health services research in family and couples therapy, psychosocial treatment for severe mental illness, and development of healthcare infomatics. A sampling of her publications, book chapters, treatment manuals, healthcare infomatics, and education products are available here.