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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health

Mission: The Mission of Airport Marina Counseling Service is two-fold: to provide affordable, community-based mental health services and to train mental health therapists.

Target demographics: people of all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1500 clients deal with issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, relationship problems, loss, feelings of isolation and loneliness, transitions, job stress, self-worth and self-esteem.

Geographic areas served: the greater LAX, South Bay and Westside areas of Los Angeles

Programs: Child and Family Therapy, Parenting Classes, Women's and Men's Groups, Support Groups, Adult and Child Psychiatry, Crisis Intervention, Individual and Couples Therapy and Anxiety Disorders. Providing affordable, community-based mental health services since 1961, Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) turns no one away for ecomomic reasons alone and fees are based on clients' ability to pay. AMCS provides its clients with a safe place to come for help and healing.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Airport Marina Counseling Service epitomizes what it means to serve its community. The staff and clinicians are professional and caring. The number of success stories speak about individuals who have gone on to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment. Since the early 1960s, the Clinic has offered a warm and inviting place for people of all ages to come for help and healing. It is strongly supported by the community it serves and continues to expand its programs as needs become apparent. The clinicians are invited to the local schools, to the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, to the Family YMCA and other community locations to offer counseling and therapy. It has an outstanding reputation in recruiting outstanding clinicians and for its training programs for those completing their professional licensing and doctoral programs. At the recent Open House, every clinician who spoke was inspiring, smart and very knowledgeable. The Clinic is a jewel in the array of services that it provides and welcomes all who seek counseling.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are few places for a troubled person- who is likely also struggling financially - to go for the mental health support critically needed. Airport Martina Counseling Service has been offering ability-to-pay fees to such people for over 50 years. It started with the need expressed at a Westchester Community Meeting back in 1961. With no government support - only private donor support - it opened its doors in 1962 and has grown by leaps and bounds since then, responding to expanding needs. It continues to be supported first by private financial donors from an ever widening service community, and second by funding grants from Foundations. Airport Marina Counseling Service presents an unusual success story: a highly professional non-profit mental health clinic, using both volunteer and paid clinicians at every level, giving direct service to clients and also teaching and training new M.A. and Ph.D therapists, and still - after more than 50 years - a source of expanding service.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AMCS is also a teaching facility. Our students have master degrees and PH.d's and come to us to intern from many local universities. Our students, under supervision, focus on a specialty and work very closely with the patients.

On one of the ocasions when our interns make presentations to the Board, I was particularly impressed with the methodology and positive outcome from an Art Therapy session. There are many programs and disciplines in which the interns participate. These presentations offer me insight into the tremendous service the clinic provides to the community. I am proud to support this organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Airport Marina Counseling Service is in its 51st year serving the local community. Its services include help for all ages addressing anything from a simple phobia to prescribed medication. Individual counseling and group counseling is offered .... all on sliding scale fees. AMCS is also unique for being open 7 days a week with evening hours Monday - Thursday. Doors are closed only on a few holidays during the year with crises support always available. AMCS is also a 1st choice for learning. Interns at all levels and from all locations choose AMCS as "the place" for acquiring their required hours of internship and learning from the clinics great staff. Funding supporting the clinic's success is all from private donations ... grants, fund raisers and generous donors. Your support is also welcomed!



Rating: 4

Airport Marina Counseling Service has been providing individual and group, counseling service for over forty-five years. They are engaging students at several schools and the Venice Boys & Girls Club changing the attitudes of our young who are often hostile and searching for themselves. Some of the students want to extend their counseling. Way to go AMCS!