Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy-In life, people may have problems with depression, anxiety, grief or stress management. Individual counseling focuses on feelings, thinking and behavior to help the individual be more productive and happy.  Services for individuals can help a great deal in 3-4 sessions. Some problems like substance abuse, abusive family histories or traumatic experiences can take 2-3 months to reduce the strong emotions and develop healthier coping strategies. The first session is for the client to see if he/she feels comfortable with their counselor and for the clinician to do a psycho-social assessment.

     Family Counseling and Child Guidance-Children, work and health problems are hard on the fabric of the family. Couples often have different parenting styles or patterns for managing stress, and these can cause conflict and additional emotional stress. Family therapy and support can help the whole family grow and learn, and find an improved level of wellness in their relationships. Family members can learn better ways of communication and caring, while reducing destructive feelings and conduct.

     Marital Therapy-Families and couples are often confronted with financial, health and emotional crisis. Difficulties threaten the health of the marriage and can lead to divorce, substance abuse and extra-marital relationships. Poor coping of parents, lead to distress in the children. Maintaining a healthy marriage requires team work and couple counseling brings results from the effort and energy expended. Marital therapy increases awareness of the self and the other which leads to positive problem-solving, more stability and increases in the emotion well-being in the marriage.

     Support Groups and Seminars-The SSCC is committed to helping the community. The faith of the staff is demonstrated through a variety of free educational services about family, mental health and stress reduction. God helps individuals through a group process, where caring and emotional growth, can be facilitated by a skilled group leader. Groups and Seminars are provided in English and Spanish in the following areas:

*Stress Management *Coping with Grief and Loss
*Divorce-Proof Your Marriage  *Reducing Fear and Anxiety
*Reducing Problem-Gambling *Adoption Awareness
*Helping Your Child with School Problems *Healthy Adolescence

     Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors-Addictions and compulsive behaviors are destructive to physical, mental and spiritual health. These toxic behaviors also play a role in a majority of the divorces in our community. These controllable behaviors are harmful to the individual, family and community. The SSCC staff have extensive experience with Recovery and problems related to chemical dependency. Some of the clinical areas of expertise are: 


1)        Interventions-For family members and employees.


2)        Referral to 12 Step Programs (AA, NA, Al-Anon, etc) and the recovery process.


3)       Individual Counseling-to reduce use or began a lifestyle of recovery.


4)       Faith-Based Residential Programs-for all types of destructive behaviors.


5)         Stress Management-for spouses and friends of the chemically dependent person.


     Spiritual Growth-Persons of all faith are welcome at SSCC. Individuals seeking Christian counsel can benefit from working with clinical staff which represent 4 different churches in the community. Research indicates that spirituality and faith are helpful in reducing stress and having positive mental health. When a family faces death, disability, divorce, drugs or other destructive forces, faith-based counseling can enable “Calm in the midst of a storm!”

     SSCC professional staff have leadership experience from different houses of worship in Imperial Valley, and collaborate with a variety of faith-based organizations that minister to the needs of individuals and families. Biblical perspectives on life’s problems are a demonstration of Cultural Competence since the majority of valley residents are persons of faith. (Staff have secular training to help those who maintain no relationship to God.) Long-held faith-based wisdom can reduce stress and increase positive family functioning. Christian counseling is a component of cognitive therapy and is available upon request.


     Employee Assistance-Supervisors and employees can have problems that affect their productivity and the relationships around them.

     Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) reduce absenteeism, calm conflicts and improve staff morale. EAP’s can be educational and preventive in nature in the forms of a newsletter, management consultation and staff trainings. Management and workers benefit from EAP and some examples at the SSCC are:

1)        Interventions for substance abuse and chemical dependency.

2)        Family Counseling for marital crisis intervention.

3)        Phone Consultation-for management and valuable employees.

4)        De-Briefing for Critical Incidents-for death, accidents and traumatic experiences can affect staff mental health, job focus and work environment safety. Counselors can provide on-site support/interventions.

5)        Outplacement Counseling-When valued staff are laid off (“Down-Sized), SSCC offers resume development, counseling and job search assistance.


     The staff at SSCC have over 20 years experience in providing EAP services to employees and management. Services can be developed according to the specific needs, size and budget of the business or organization .


     Internet Therapy-For some individuals, transportation is a barrier to receiving services. Imperial Valley and the surrounding areas involve distance, and this can be an issue for disabled persons and their families. Some individuals, spend a great deal of time on their computer. Communication and caring through the computer can be very helpful.

     Face-to-face communication is ideal, but not required for getting help with personal, relational or vocational difficulties. Weekly communication with home work assignments can help reduce stress and change behaviors. SSCC are also available on occasion home visits. If you are interested in Internet Therapy, just follow the steps below.

1)   Write a 1-2 paragraph of your situation with a little information about how long you have experienced the problem and some of your efforts to improve your thinking, feeling or behavior. Include your first name and phone number.

2)   Email this information to If you are in crisis and think about hurting yourself, please call 911 or contact some of the phone numbers on the home page.

3)      You will receive a written email response within 48 hours. If you feel comfortable with the feedback to your communication, a phone consultation will begin the internet therapy process. 

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