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- Individual, Couple, Family, Child and Group Counseling
- School-Based Counseling Services
- The Abuse Prevention Program
- Best Practice Parenting
- Children Affected by Domestic Violence
- Women's Empowerment Group
- Rage Resolution Group
- Teen Violence Prevention Group
- Project Fatherhood
Individual adults can begin counseling by attending a walk-in intake session. Ongoing counseling will not be time limited, and can continue as long as the client, counselor, and the counselor's supervisor agree that counseling is helpful.
Children under the age of 18 are generally provided counseling with their parents and siblings in family therapy unless individual therapy is deemed more appropriate.
A fee of $20 will be charged for the intake session. Ongoing counseling fees are set according to a sliding scale that is designed to make counseling reasonable and affordable for most people.
Walk–in Intake Hours for Individual Adult Counseling:
Monday - Thursday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:00 Noon to 2:00pm
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COUPLE, FAMILY AND CHILD COUNSELING
Couples and families can receive counseling services by calling the Counseling Center. A fee of $20 will be charged for the intake session. Ongoing counseling fees are set according to a sliding scale that is designed to make counseling reasonable and affordable for most people.
Children under 18 are generally provided counseling with their parents and siblings in family therapy, unless individual therapy is deemed more appropriate.
For couple, family or child counseling please call (323) 937-1344. The receptionist will take your name and number and a family counselor will return your call.
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The counseling center offers ongoing therapy groups and support/education groups that address various topics. Current groups include The Abuse Prevention Program (see below), Best Practice Parenting, Womens Empowerment Group and Children Affected by Domestic Violence. Outreach Services offers Teen Violence Prevention Group, Rage Resolution Group, and Project Fatherhood. For more information, please call the counseling center at (323) 937-1344.
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The Counseling Center has provided school-based counseling services at no cost to a number of schools in our local area since 1983. Counselors work in the schools with children who are referred by their teachers or school counselors. For more information, please contact Jenny Pascal at (323) 937-1344, ext. 3158.
THE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM (TAPP)
The Abuse Prevention Program (TAPP) is a Los Angeles County Probation Department-approved batterer's treatment program. We also provide support groups for domestic violence survivors. We currently offer four men's groups and two women's groups each week.
There is an Intake/Registration fee for all TAPP groups. Weekly fees are based on a sliding scale/ability to pay basis.
For more information or to register, please call the TAPP program at (323) 937-5846, ext. 2.
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Our Goal -- Tuned-in Parents, Thriving Children
10 week parenting group offered Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Best Practice Parenting is an affordable ten week class designed to support people who want to be the best parents they can be. The class helps parents identify their own strengths and values and find tools to address the challenges of parenting.
Call Clay Crosby, MFT at 323- 937-1344, ext 3207 for more information.
GROUP FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For children ages 9 to 14
10-week program with each class lasting 90-minutes
Held on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The goals of the program are for the children to learn social competency, explore the impact of violence in their lives, address their negative beliefs & attitudes about families & gender, improve coping skills, decrease depression and anxiety as well as decrease aggressive behaviors, delinquency, withdrawal and somatic complaints. An additional goal is to decrease the cycle of domestic violence within families.
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RAGE RESOLUTION GROUP
The Rage Resolution Group does not demonize anger or deny the reality of its presence. Instead, we provide a safe place where feelings of anger and rage can be expressed without judgment. As a group, we talk about both sides of anger and rage. That is, how they have served us, as well as how they have taken over our best intentions. Through hundreds of group sessions, we have come to understand that fear and sadness often underlie violence and rage, fear and sadness that are not celebrated in most communities the way rage and violence are, but that are instead made synonymous with weakness.
A drop-in group meets every Friday from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Cost: $15.00 per meeting ($20.00 for mandated attendees requiring proof of attendance)
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TEEN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP
Teens are often labeled as having poor judgment, lack of control and no direction. What is often misunderstood is that teens face some of the toughest decisions of their lives. Acting out of fear, parents may inadvertently shut kids down by yelling and punishing. It can be difficult for parents to listen when faced with alarming information about their child's curiosity and dreams that do not coincide with their own dreams.
In the teen group, we hear the teen's side of the story. We support their attempts to stay clear of a system that reduces them to reputations and labels.
A drop-in group meets every Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
(Teen group is $20.00 dollars for those who have to show proof of attendance to a mandating system such as court, probation, school or other agency. Teens who are not required to attend or who have finished their mandate can speak to a counselor about adjusting the fee to between $5.00 and $15.00 depending on family financial situation.)
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- Gives fathers the tools to participate actively in the rearing and well-being of their children
- Helps children to grow up safe and healthy and to become productive adults
Who should participate?
- Project Fatherhood is designed for fathers of all ages, races and educational backgrounds, their children and their significant others.
Groups are ongoing
Day and Time: Fridays, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Groups meet at SCCC
There is a $5.00 per session fee.
For more information call: 323-937-1344
Project Fatherhood was developed in collaboration with Children's Institute, Inc. with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Counseling is a way to address emotional, psychological or relationship concerns you or your family may be having. Generally, counselors meet with clients once a week for 50 minutes to work toward resolving difficulties and achieving goals that clients and counselors have developed together. Individuals may be seen alone or with significant others in couples or family counseling.
HOW DO I BECOME A CLIENT?
Individuals may come to our intake hours on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Counseling for couples, families and children is arranged by appointment only. Please call Robert Mendelsohn at (323) 937-1344 to schedule an appointment.
HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELING COST?
Counseling services are provided on a sliding scale basis, which means that we look at your income and financial resources or that of your family and establish a fee according to a set schedule of fees that seeks to make counseling affordable for most people.
DO YOU ACCEPT MEDI-CAL?
No, the Counseling Center does not accept insurance or government funding. However, our fees are set according to a sliding scale so they can be affordable.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Our address is 5615 West Pico Blvd., that is, five blocks east of Fairfax in the mid-city area of Los Angeles.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO BE ASSIGNED A COUNSELOR?
That can vary from one week to two months, depending on how long our waiting list is. You will receive more specific information at your intake session.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN COUNSELING?
You and your counselor will work together to determine how long your counseling will last. Some concerns can be resolved in a short period of time; others can take longer. There is no limit to the number of sessions you may receive.
DO YOU HAVE COUNSELORS AVAILABLE IN THE EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS?
WILL I BE SEEN BY A LICENSED COUNSELOR?
All of our counselors work under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals. The majority of our counselors are students/interns who are in training to become licensed therapists. Some of our counselors are paraprofessionals, which means they have not attended a graduate degree program in mental health. However, they receive the same type of supervision and training as those working toward licensure. All counselors are carefully selected and conscientiously trained to work with a range of psychological, emotional and relationship concerns.
THE COURT HAS ORDERED ME TO RECEIVE COUNSELING. WILL YOU PROVIDE REPORTS TO MY SOCIAL WORKER OR PROBATION OFFICER?
You are welcome to receive counseling with us. Before we can release any information about the services you receive, you will be asked to provide your written consent to release information. With your consent, we can provide progress letters and records of attendance. We do not provide written evaluation, psychological assessment or psychiatric diagnosis. We are happy to provide you with referrals to meet these needs.
If you have other questions, please call the Counseling Center (323) 937-1344