Mental Health

What are behavioral health problems?

  • Behavioral health generally refers to your psychological and emotional well-being. When you are experiencing poor behavioral health you may feel depressed, overwhelmingly stressed or anxious. If it is serious, it could affect your everyday functioning in school, work or relationships.

What are behavioral health services?

  • Behavioral health services at Venice Family Clinic include counseling (talk therapy), psychiatric services (medication), and psychosocial support and case management related to the stress of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and domestic violence. We provide crisis intervention as well as individual, family, and group therapy. We offer groups that address stress management, depression and anxiety, couples, parenting, victims of domestic violence, children witnesses of in-home violence, and self-esteem. Psychiatry services include medication for mental illnesses such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What do behavioral health therapists/counselors do?

  • Behavioral health therapists at Venice Family Clinic meet with individuals, usually weekly, to help them determine the causes, reasons and triggers for problems and symptoms that are negatively impacting them. In addition, we help identify and plan ways to manage the symptoms in order to improve quality of life.

How do I see a behavioral health therapist/counselor?

  • You may ask your medical provider if a therapist/counselor is available during your appointment.
  • If one is not available at that time, Venice Family Clinic patients may walk in to see a behavioral health therapist/counselor at our 604 Rose Ave. and 2509 Pico Blvd. locations during our behavioral health services walk-in hours (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. If one is not immediately available in person – you may end up talking to them on the phone.
  • Please contact our behavioral health coordinator at 310.664.7500 if you need more information. All referrals usually go through your medical provider.
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