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This month, we honor the history of the LGBTQ+ movement for equality, justice, and the freedom to live authentically.

SCCC is committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and inclusive.

Social Justice is at the heart of everything we do. SCCC strives to affirm the value and dignity of every individual and community as we re-dedicate ourselves to ensuring quality mental wellness services are accessible to ALL.

“As a person of color and being part of the LGBTQ+ community I am presented with obstacles many don’t have to face. Spaces like SCCC and SCCC-WATTS where who you are is celebrated and respected makes a huge difference in the lives of folks that represent intersecting realities, like me. It is about Social Justice. The fact that we have to fight for so much makes me proud to be part of an organization that says “YES” to our LGBTQI+ community. PRIDE!!”

In solidarity,
Marianne Diaz, Director

“As an SCCC board member, and an out and proud gay man, I want to affirm SCCC’s commitment to providing affordable mental health care services to the entire spectrum of the queer community, especially in light of the current wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the US that is causing deep distress and turmoil to so many queer people, and particularly queer and trans youth and their families. SCCC stands in solidarity with the entire LGBTQ+ community, and we are here to help.”

Mason Funk
Board Member

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SCCC provides comprehensive counseling services at rates based on your ability to pay. We believe everyone should get the care they need, at rates they can afford, for as long as they need counseling.

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Join our volunteer counselors and complete your clinical requirements with a team dedicated to bringing affordable mental health care to the people of Los Angeles.

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We are completely independent of government funding and insurance payments, so there is no agency or insurance company prescribing care, limiting sessions or creating paperwork. Our Independent model relies on you. Help to insure the sustainability of our programs by donating to the cause.

Who We Are

SCCC believes that mental health care is a right, not a privilege. Anyone who needs counseling should have it. It is a belief we have lived for more than 50 years by providing affordable, sliding-scale counseling to people in need for as long as they need care.

Changing Lives & Strengthening Communities since 1966


In 1966, Hans Hoffman, a psychologist, and Ben Weininger, a psychiatrist, founded the Southern California Counseling Center with a belief that no one should be denied mental health counseling because of limited financial means. Since that time, SCCC has evolved to provide an array of programs and services designed to address the diverse mental health needs of the communities we serve. Our mission has remained the same and we continue to believe that mental health care is a right, not a privilege.