If things you are feeling or doing begin to interfere with your normal, everyday activities, you may need to try counseling. If you or someone close to you is experiencing one or more of the following warning signs, counseling can be helpful:

  • Sudden changes in mood or behavior
  • Depression—feeling unhappy for a long time
  • Anxiety—strong feelings of fear or nervousness
  • Losing temper over small things
  • Dropping grades

TEEN LINE in the Los Angeles area, (310-855-4673), in the San Fernando Valley area (818-432-2266) and in the Riverside area (951-826-4673) can assist you in locating the best and/or closest place for you to get counseling. You might also talk with your school counselor and see what assistance she or he can provide.

Once you contact a counseling center, you can ask whether your parents’ permission is required for you to receive services. Ask about special services for teens, fees, and appointment times. Many counseling centers adjust their fees based on your ability to pay. (This is usually called a sliding scale.)

Don’t turn away from yourself. If a friend came to you with problems, you would try to help. Be as kind to yourself as you would to a friend. Turn to counseling for assistance.



1736 Family Crisis Center – Dating Violence Hotline and Shelter
Individual, group, family counseling & case management for victims of domestic violence and runaways ages 10-17, two week stay, substance abuse awareness, 12-step program, schooling, job search and placement. Outpatient facility with 6 beds. Parent consent required.

Airport Marina Counseling Service
At Boys and Girls Club of Venice (310) 390-4477 ext.224, and at Westchester High School (310) 348-9967, Westchester. Counseling for children and teens, including court mandated service, individual and family therapy. Sliding fees. By appointment; first session is $30. 

Amanecer Community Counseling Services
Serving Pico-Union, Central and Metro area of downtown Los Angeles. Provides mental health care for diverse and under-served children and families suffering from mental illness or severe emotional disturbances. Assessments and therapy in schools. 

Antelope Family Service – Bellflower
Individual and Family Counseling;  Parenting Classes, Anger Management for Teens. 

Antelope Valley Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

Individual, group and family counseling; drug and alcohol treatment, prevention and intervention. Sliding scale, low cost and free for those who qualify.

Antioch University International Counseling Center
Psychotherapy in many languages, including English, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian, and French. 

Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (Los Feliz)
Medical Center- Diagnosis, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and cancer Services offered in English, Asian spoken languages, and Spanish. Sliding scale or no fees. Other locators online. 

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center (RIVERSIDE)
Outpatient therapy for children, teens, and adults who were abused as children. 

CA Family Planning Information (Family PACT)
Confidential reproductive care services including emergency, short, long and permanent contraception; birth control; STD/HIV testing; cancer screening; family planning and counseling.

California Graduate Institute Counseling Center

(949)737-5460 for Irvine (Satellite Campus) Individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents. Sliding scale. Sessions also available during evenings and weekends by appointment only. 

Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth, and Families
Substance abuse and family counseling, individual counseling, crisis intervention including assessments for suicide and child abuse; parenting; occupational physical therapy; speech therapy; and integration therapy.
(951) 683-5193

Center for Individual and Family Counseling (North Hollywood)
North Hollywood. Counseling for a variety of topics. Individual, couples, families and groups. Sliding fees. By appointment only. 

Center for Personal Empowerment
Group therapy/counseling/career coaching Offices located in Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, and San Pedro.

Child and Family Guidance Center in North Hills
Extensive services, counseling and treatment provided where child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence has occurred or there is risk of occurring. Serves San Fernando Valley.Spanish spoken. Accepts MediCal and health insurance. 

Children’s Center of Antelope Valley
Individual and group therapy for teens and caregivers where there was child abuse. Family support, parenting classes. 

Children’s Outpatient Treatment, Riverside County Mental Health

Counseling for children under 18 years old. Medical. 

Daniel’s Place
Free mental health services, including information and education about mental illness and treatment, support groups, individual therapy and case management services for uninsured young adults ages 18-28. 

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
Culver City. Sliding fees. MediCal accepted. Bilingual. 

East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Serves women ages 13 and over, crisis intervention for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. HIV/AIDS services. Community outreach and prevention programs. No Fees. Peer counseling. Support group on domestic violence – Tuesday mornings only.

Edelman Mental Health Center
Individual, group, and family therapy. Crisis services, medications. Children’s Dept. assessments.

El Nido Family Centers
Comprehensive case management for pregnant/parenting teens. Teen Parenting Classes. Teen Parent & Infant Development Program. Early Head Start program for children ages 0-3.   Call for location of center in your area (offices in South L.A., Central L.A., Compton, San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, Carson and Santa Monica).

Enki Mental Health Services Call Center
Outpatient services including individual and group therapy, case management, and psychiatric evaluation. We offer group treatment and peer support.

Family Service Agency of Burbank
Individual and family counseling, teen anger management. Burbank. Sliding fees. 

Family Service – Downtown Long Beach
Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment; Parenting Classes, Individual and Group Counseling.

Foothill Family Service

Call for El Monte and W. Covina sites. Counseling, mental health, case management. Duarte site available. 

Fuller Psychological and Family Services

Sliding fees. Counseling for children and groups. Parenting classes offered. 

Greater Long Beach Child Guidance Center

Counseling for families, children, and teens 17 and under. Sliding fees. Bilingual. Medi-Cal accepted. 

Harbor-UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

Torrance. Serves people under 17. Sliding fees. No walk-ins.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
Counseling for ages 2-18yrs. Individual, family and group. Accepts MediCal, Health Family and AB3632. 

Helpline Youth Counseling (South Bay)
Serves Long Beach, Norwalk, Whittier, sourrounding areas. Medical Counseling Sliding fees. Bilingual. Branches also in Whittier and Norwalk.

House of Ruth
24-hour Crisis Hotline (collect calls accepted): 877-988-5559 Information provided on shelters, crisis intervention, referral and other support services. Short-term safe shelter includes food, clothes, etc. Individual and group counseling, teen support groups and community outreach. No fees.

Human Services Association
Referrals. Pregnancy prevention. S.T.O.P.P. (Southeast Teen Opportunities Prevention Program). Child abuse prevention, domestic violence counseling, assistance, parenting classes. 

Inglewood / Hawthorne Systems of Care

Call for appointment. Services for at-risk youth 3-18 yrs. Must have open case with two of the following: DCFS, DMH, Probation, and Special Education. 

Interval House
Group and individual counseling, youth shelter, GLBT support services, leadership training, and teen dating violence prevention.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service
Long Beach. Outpatient counseling services for children, teens, families, and couples. Sliding fees. We also take insurance and Healthy Families insurance. 

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Additional Phone: Metro Counseling & Resource Center: (310) 247- 0864 or (323) 935-5303 San Fernando Valley Counseling & Resource Center: (818) 464-3333 Counseling. Sliding scale. One-on-one counseling and psychotherapy, consultation and referral, support groups, etc.

LA Youth Supportive Services
Additional phone (LA-area only): 818-985-0100 Phone counseling, referrals, education, and recovery support (no street outreach).

Los Angeles Rape and Battery Hotline
Telephone counseling, victim advocation, referrals. 

M.A.M.A’s House
A private online community for victims of domestic violence. All services are free including relocation if you qualify. 

Maple Counseling Center
Low cost programs; Child/adolescent therapy x807; Family couples Therapy x806; Individual counseling x802; Trauma counseling x228; Beverly Hills Tutoring Program x228. Sliding fees. 

Masada Homes
Substance abuse counseling, co-occurring disorder services, parenting, and domestic violence support. FSP and wraparound.

Open Paths Counseling Center
Individuals, couples, families. Counseling for at-risk youths, parenting and domestic violence. Sliding fees. Bilingual. 

Pacific Clinics
Counseling, mental health services, medication, groups, substance abuse services. Bilingual. MediCal accepted. 

Personal Growth Institute
Psychotherapy, focus groups, services in a variety of languages (incl. Armenian, Farsi, Spanish). Call for appointment. Sliding Fees. Life coaching.

Plaza Community Services
Child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, counseling, family preservation, substance abuse, services for low income families. Bilingual. 

Pregnancy Help Center and Helpline
Family planning, counseling, and referrals; services re STDs and AIDS. 

Project Sister
Additional Hotline: (909) 626-4155 Sexual assault and incest survivor crisis services. Provides information about medical attention, reporting the assault, advocacy, personal counseling, self defense, support groups and teen/young adult education on prevention. 

Psychological Trauma Center
School based mental health services and crisis intervention provided to the school environment and communities impacted by trauma/violence. Substance abuse support. - See more at:

Saban Free Clinic
Serves ages 12-23 for high-risk youth clinic, and homeless walk- ins; Provides medical and dental care, STD/HIV testing, counseling, family planning, pregnancy testing, prenatal program, social services, education and outreach to men, women and children.

Sahara (South Asian Helpline & Referral Agency)
Provide mental health counseling, support groups, and referrals for South Asian residents. Referrals for domestic violence victims. 

San Fernando Valley Child and Family Guidance Clinic

Northridge. Sliding fees. Counseling, psychotherapy, and psychiatric services for ages 3-17. Bilingual. MediCal accepted. 


Santa Anita Family Services
Covina Office: (626) 966-1755 Low to no-cost services. Alcohol/drugs prevention/treatment, child abuse prevention/treatment, teen parenting classes. Counseling (individual/family). 

Suicide Prevention Center
Hotline phone (24 hours): 1-877-727-4747 - Hotline, information, referrals, suicide prevention counseling.

Tarzana Treatment Centers
Chemical dependency treatment, counseling (individual and group), relapse prevention, drug testing, mentoring program vocational training. Check website for location near you.

The Help Group
Van Nuys: 818-267-2745; Culver City: 310-751-1171 Infoline hours: M-Th 8am-8pm; F 8am-6pm Additional phone: (877)943-5747 Special education classes and group homes/outpatient services. - See more at:

The Whole Child – Whittier
Outpatient; psychological testing; psychiatric evaluation; counseling; play, music, and art therapy; individual, family and group treatment; psycho education groups; parent education; medication evaluation & management; case management. 

Valley Family Center
San Fernando. Marriage, family, teen, and child therapy. Parenting classes and domestic violence programs. Sliding fees. 

Valley Trauma Center
For sexual assault victims in San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley. Will accompany to hospitals, police, or court. Counseling available to victim, significant others, and family of rape and domestic abuse. 

Victory Foundation
Alcohol/Drug Screening; Interventions; Individual and family substance abuse counseling and outpatient services for ages 12- Adults; On-Site Drug Testing; Domestic Violence Counseling; Relapse Prevention Education and Outreaches. Services in English and Spanish. Sliding fees. 

We Lift LA
Provides help to youth who are transitioning out of foster care. Offers academic support, career development, and counseling.

Westside Children’s Center
Free family support services to those with children under the age of five. Bilingual. -

Westwood Counseling Center of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents. Sliding scale. Sessions also available during evenings and weekends by appointment only. Assessment services and testing.

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