West Valley Counseling Center

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 19634 Ventura Blvd Ste 206 Tarzana CA 91356 USA

Mission: The West Valley Counseling Center is committed to making quality, affordable mental health care available to San Fernando Valley residents. Our qualified therapists work with individuals to help ease the burdens associated with change, loss and trauma. We also welcome both traditional and non-traditional couples, and families struggling with the educational and emotional needs of their children. We offer counseling services in harder-to-find specialties including family mediation, co-parenting issues, and reintegration for post traumatic stress recovery.
Programs: Individual Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I came to WVCC I had recently experienced two personal losses in
a short period of time in my life. After speaking with Dr. Burnett she recommended the "Growth and Transition Workshops" to me. She felt
that I could benefit from this experience. I went and I did. I would recommend this organization to anyone I know who needs any of their
services. The WVCC staff is professional, caring and honest. Just what
you want when you need it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Using the organizations that they are affiliated with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spend my time fund raising for them, so they can continue their work for many other people in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The West Valley Counseling Center is a gem in Tarzana. We in the West Valley are lucky to have such a caring and competent group of counselors available at an affordable price. At a time when resources are scarce, I’m glad that I don’t have to put off getting the expert help I need for my emotional well being. Thank you WVCC for being there.

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my ability to deal with the sometimes overwhelming pressure I often feel.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I attended West Valley Counseling Center's Open House last year and got the opportunity to meet with many of their therapists. I was so impressed at how personable and professional they were that I referred a family member to them for counseling services. I anticipate they will be around for a very long time as word of mouth travels.

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A family member who I referred has been very pleased with the services she has received at West Valley Counseling.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their office space

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Dr. Burnett by a member of her advisory team on marketing--meeting at local coffee shop, I was immediately struck by the clairity and passion of her vision: truly affordable mental health care for the community in a comfortable setting. As a designer, I might be able to help better communicate the Center's message and visitor reach. We successfully (and quickly!) redesigned the center's graphic identity (logo, mailing, etc) by the opening event of the center's non-profit status. I am delighted to be working with the Center on redesigning the website. My goal is to help the Center create a website which is not only sets a tone, presence, and basic information, but is eventually seen as a community--an extention of the physical office. Like most people, I've had my unexpected life experiences which led me or members of my family to need such vital services; the Center is doing vital work, and I am glad that design can contribute to that work.

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The right visual identity can often energize an organization, and its community. The notes we recieved after the "launch" gave me the impression that the new design is working!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been a long-time client and finding previously un-imaginable improvements in my life and relationships through counseling, I can say with conviction that this center has all the right tools in place for assisting you in navigating back to a path that enriches your life instead of damaging it. Dr. Burnett, guiding me to look ever inward and giving me the safe space, and safe practices, is a true practitioner of healthy and healing counseling for anyone seeking an honest and open path to being a better person or partner.

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Turning my back on counseling and therapy for many years, it took only a few sessions with Dr. Burnett to not only feel like I was turning things around, but to actually see and feel results in my personal and professional life. The resources and workshops available are simply life-changing...for the better, of course!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...Like to see this type of counseling available in my area. Maybe Dr. Burnett could make house calls just every once in a while! Other than that, let's support her as much as we can!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that if a counselor keeps you coming back indefinitely with no plan to move beyond needing therapy, then they aren't effective. I appreciate Dr. Burnett and the team at West Valley for having a short term approach..."let's help you get the skills you need to be more powerful in your life immediately so you can move on to better things."

Additionally, there is a real gap in services for struggling working class and middle class folks. The wealthy and upper middle can afford therapy, the poor can often get it provided through free programs. But for the rest of us, struggling to make ends meet and to create a happy life for our families, therapy is often financially out of reach. West Valley is operating on a business model to change that and make these important life improving services available and affordable to those of us in "the gap."

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Each time I've come here for an issue or personal crisis, it's only taken about 4-12 sessions (depending on the severity of the issue) to get what I needed to move on and be in a much better place to handle the tough challenges of life. While life has not let up on it's challenges (unemployment, caring for family member with cancer, financial concerns,etc), I've not had to return to therapy and I have a very positive disposition and more power to handle life because of the skills I gained through therapy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...can't think of anything. Just wish it was closer to me. I drive 1.5 hours each way to get there because it is the best I've found.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am familiar with several counselors at West Valley Counseling Center, including the Director. I know their dedicated staff to be of the highest character and expertise as well as their dedication to providing low cost counseling services to the Valley community. My son was provided counseling service with them over a period of two years and benefitted greatly under their guidance. I have recommended them to friends in the past with complete confidence.

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Counseling services provided to my son.

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None recommended.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Now, more than ever, people are needing low cost counseling. The West Valley Counseling Center has a range of expertise, and are really doing a lot to support people in need.

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Watching it take off and do some great work!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have heard amazing stories about how people in the community are being helped at West Valley Counseling Center. It's hard to find affordable counseling these days. It is a really needed service in the Valley and this center does an amazing job of servicing a much needed niche. I know that are economy is struggling and this place helps people get back on their feet even when times are tough. I have made mulitiple referrals to the West Valley Counseling Center. I am extremly thankful to them.

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I finally have a place I can refer clients too. I am a average priced therapist in the community and often times my prices are to high for people that could really use help. I have reffered mulitple clients to the West Valley Counseling Center. It is really nice to not have to turn people way and send them to someone that can help them right away. West Valley has been a vital resource for me and my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes!

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