Our Mission

We change lives and strengthen communities by providing affordable mental health care to people in need.

The Southern California Counseling Center was founded in 1966 on a simple principle: we believe mental heath care is a right, not a privilege.  All of our services are designed to serve marginalized, under-served communities and people in need who have difficulty accessing and affording quality mental health services.

FAST FACTS

Clients Served Annually

Almost 5,000 women, men and children receive over 40,000 hours of counseling services.

Average Fee Paid for a Counseling Session

$22.  More than 50% of our clients pay $16 or less.

Support

Of our $1.6 million budget, roughly:

  • 60% comes from client fees
  • 15% from grants
  • and 25% comes from individuals. 

We have never accepted government funding and do not accept insurance.

Community Partnerships

  • Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
  • Karsh Family Social Service Center
  • Westside Children’s Center
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Los Angeles County Probation Department

Community Outreach

Our programs reduce gang and community violence and help adults, teens and children develop the attitudes, skills and strengths needed to choose nonviolent alternatives in response to rage, stress, and societal pressures.

Client Services

  • Individual, couple, group and family counseling services address the full range of mental health issues, including trauma, loss and grief, family conflict, parent/child problems, domestic violence, work difficulties, and disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD among many others.
  • Groups: Teen Violence Prevention, Community Mindfulness and Compassion, Best Practice Parenting, Rage Resolution, Women in Transition, Personal & Relationship Support Group, Senior Support Group, The Abuse Prevention Program (TAPP) offering 8 groups for men and women.
  • LAUSD Schools Served: 9 LAUSD schools: Fairfax High School, John Burroughs Middle School, Shenandoah Elementary School, Marvin Elementary School, Larchmont Charter School at LaFayette Park Place, Larchmont Charter School at Selma, Skirball Middle School, Hamilton High School and Saturn Elementary School.
  • Psychiatric Services: Two on-site psychiatrists provide medication assessment, prescription and follow-up at fees consistent with our low counseling fees.

Visit our Get Help page to learn more about the variety of services we offer and how to get started as a client.

Staff & Volunteers

10 full-time and 7 part-time paid staff along with more than 100 volunteer pre-licensed counselors and 90 volunteer clinical supervisors.

Counselor Training

A wide variety of training programs for current counselors, alumni and the broader community of mental health professionals and those working at other agencies serving poor and disenfranchised populations.

Over 100 graduate-level, pre-licensed mental health interns and community counseling paraprofessionals are supervised by 90 volunteer clinical supervisors annually.

Visit our Training page to learn more about the benefits of training at SCCC.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Visit our Contact Us page for additional information.