As the Executive Director of the Southern California Counseling Center, I am pleased to introduce our programs and services dedicated to ensuring that the people of the Los Angeles have access to high-quality, affordable mental health counseling and support.
SCCC was founded in 1966 with the philosophy “that people shall have human contact when they need it and for no other reason than that they need it” by our co-founders psychologist Hans Hoffman and psychiatrist Ben Weininger.
Over nearly five decades SCCC has stayed true to this philosophy, as the range and scope of our programs has grown and diversified. In addition to providing counseling for individuals, families, couples and children on a sliding scale basis, our services also address violence prevention, school-based counseling, and parenting issues.
Our history and experience have also enabled SCCC to become one of the premier training sites for pre-licensed marriage and family therapists and paraprofessional counselors working as volunteers under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals who donate their time and expertise to ensure the quality of services we provide. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Because SCCC accepts no government funding or insurance payments, anyone can qualify for our services and there is no restriction on how long clients can participate. We work with a collaborative, strength-based approach that acknowledges the broader context of the challenges our clients may be facing. We rely on client fees, training fees, foundation and corporate grants, and the generous support of our Board members, donors and alumni to keep our doors open.
Beginning in 2012, our Board of Directors undertook an in-depth Strategic Planning process to help guide the future growth and direction of the organization. The planning committee worked to clarify and update our mission, redefined our core values and vision, and set forth principles and priorities as a foundation for moving forward. Fundamentally the process affirmed the organization’s commitment to our unique service model that partners excellent counselor education with the delivery of affordable, high-quality counseling services in order to respond flexibly to emerging community needs. Feel free to take a moment to download and review our July 2013 Strategic Plan.
Thank you for visiting SCCC on the Web. We are here at our location on Pico Blvd. in Mid-City Los Angeles seven days a week to help individuals and families in any way we can. We welcome your participation in our programs and services.
Gail Wilburn, M.A., MFT