Counseling

Community Counseling Center is a non-profit organization that provides short-term, low-cost, professional counseling for individuals, couples and families who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Most clients have no insurance and a low to moderate income.

Qualifying Issues or Concerns

Our volunteer counselors see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with a variety of problems including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, marital and family issues, parenting, gay/lesbian issues, anger, grief, phobias, stress, and transitional issues that can be helped by short-term counseling. We do not have a walk-in clinic for emergency situations nor do we address chronic mental health problems.

Cost of Counseling

Sliding Scale Program: Services are typically fee based, set on a sliding scale according to each client's net household monthly income and ability to pay. Under CCC's sliding scale program 10-15 sessions of family, couple, or individual counseling for relationship issues, bereavement issues, parenting problems and life transition situations are provided, all of which are suitable for short-term treatment. It may be necessary to refer our clients whose conditions are not appropriate for short-term counseling such as: substance abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, custody cases and chronic mental illness. No one is denied services on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability.

Cencal-Holman Insurance: Additionally, CCC now accepts CenCal/Medi-Cal insurance coverage through a partnership with the Holman Group, a private managed care agency contracted by CenCal to implement the Affordable Care Act Mental Health benefit. The CenCal/Medi-Cal benefit is available to individuals (no couples or family) with "mild to moderate" issues and can be utilized for longer term treatment based upon medical necessity. CCC coordinates a panel of over 20 agency providers that are credentialed by the Holman Group to provide therapy to the Medi-Cal/CenCal population on the Central Coast. The benefit typically offers clients full coverage without any out of pocket co-pay required. In some instances clients have forms of Medi-Cal that only offer shared cost coverage.

Therapeutic Alternatives: Persons who are financially able, through income or private insurance coverage, to use private services, are offered referrals. Those with needs beyond the scope of CCC are given appropriate community resources with strengths in those service areas.

 

How to Obtain Counseling

The best way to explore counseling with us is to contact us by phone at (805)543-7969.

Counselor Qualifications

The counselors at Community Counseling Center are state licensed, insured professionals or qualified graduate or post-graduate professionals under licensed supervision. They are marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers who volunteer their time and services.

Information & Referrals

We receive many phone calls from people seeking help with a variety of problems. If we cannot help you with counseling, we refer you to other agencies and therapists. Using Hotline's resource directory and our own knowledge of San Luis Obispo County, we assist hundreds of people every year with referrals.

If you are wondering whether Community Counseling provides the services you need, click on Client Questionnaire.