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Center for Community Counseling

The Center for Community Counseling & Engagement (CCCE) is a non-profit community center providing low-cost counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in San Diego. CCCE is a training facility operated by San Diego State University which provides hands-on education for graduate students in the Masters degree programs in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. Counseling services are provided by pre-licensed trainees in the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy and Community-based Counseling. Trainees are supervised by licensed therapists, psychologists, supervisors accredited by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and/or members of SDSU's Counseling and School Psychology faculty.  

CCCE strongly supportsthe view that individuals, families, and society-at-large are all important in the development and resolution of people’s problems. Our treatment approaches address all three areas. 

CCCE is committed to:

  • applying established as well as cutting-edge clinical theory and practice
  • supporting intervention and prevention services for individuals, couples, and families
  • supporting, promoting and implementing multicultural understanding and respect
  • maintaining a high standard of training, supervision and community service

When is counseling helpful?

Everyone experiences problems in the course of life. Some problems pass with time; some can be resolved with personal, creative problem solving; some can be resolved by consulting with family, friends, or through other resources. However, sometimes problems persist in spite of all attempts to resolve them. At times, they are just too numerous and overwhelming to manage without additional support. When this occurs, counseling services can provide assistance in problem solving. Confidentiality is respected at all times.

Individual counseling may be particularly useful for:

  • life changes, such as relationship loss
  • cultural isolation or dislocation
  • sexual identity difficulties
  • ongoing stressors such as depression, substance abuse, or interfering habits

Relationship or family counseling may be particularly useful for:

  • problems occurring for one family member that begin to affect the whole family – such as children's school related problems, depression in one partner, or poor communication
  • family or relationship change such as by divorce, death, or separation
  • cultural conflict within relationships
  • sexual conflict within the family

Referrals and Fees


CCCE strives to provide multi-cultural counseling to the community at an affordable cost. A sliding scale fee is based on household income and the client's ability to pay. At this time CCCE accepts cash payments only, we are not able to accept checks, debit/credit cards, or heath insurance. Clients are asked to cancel appointments 24 hours in advance by calling the clinic number to avoid a cancellation fee.

Referral Information

As a training facility, CCCE is not able to provide emergency services or crisis intervention. Staff members are not able to provide medication, 24-hour phone access, or emergency appointments. However, referral services and collaboration with other community mental health resources are provided. When CCCE staff are not available, clients and prospective clients may leave messages on the voicemail service. Calls are returned promptly within 24 hours except on weekends when CCCE is closed.

Contact Info

Center for Community Counseling & Engagement

4283 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite #215
San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: (619) 594-4918
Web: www.centerforcommunity