Mission Statement

To build and support emotionally strong families, individuals, and community through confidential, affordable counseling, education and advocacy.


Vision Statement

The Central Coast is a community where all members have access to qualified counseling, therapists are nurtured across their professional development and society is united in the effort to promote positive mental health.


Program Description 

Community Counseling Center (CCC) is a non-profit, preventative care provider of premium, affordable psychotherapy for the economically disadvantaged and under-insured residents of the Central Coast.

Sliding Scale Program: Services are typically fee based, set on a sliding scale according to each client's net household monthly income and ability to pay.  Under CCC's sliding scale program 10-15 sessions of family, couple, or individual counseling for relationship issues, bereavement issues, parenting problems and life transition situations are provided, all of which are suitable for short-term treatment.  It may be necessary to refer our clients whose conditions are not appropriate for short-term counseling such as: substance abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, custody cases and chronic mental illness.  No one is denied services on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability.

Cencal-Holman Insurance: Additionally, CCC now accepts CenCal/Medi-Cal insurance coverage through a partnership with the Holman Group, a private managed care agency contracted by CenCal to implement the Affordable Care Act Mental Health benefit.  The CenCal/Medi-Cal benefit is available to individuals (no couples or family) with "mild to moderate" issues and can be utilized for longer term treatment based upon medical necessity.  CCC coordinates a panel of over 20 agency providers that are credentialed by the Holman Group to provide therapy to the Medi-Cal/CenCal population on the Central Coast.  The benefit typically offers clients full coverage without any out of pocket co-pay required.  In some instances clients have forms of Medi-Cal that only offer shared cost coverage.

Therapeutic Alternatives: Persons who are financially able, through income or private insurance coverage, to use private services, are offered referrals.  Those with needs beyond the scope of CCC are given appropriate community resources with strengths in those service areas. 

The organization is staffed by qualified, state-licensed, therapists or graduate level, supervised interns and trainees.  The primary purpose is to assist individuals and families to develop the ability to find choices and make changes when life becomes difficult during times of transition, confusion, depression, stress or grief.  No one is denied services on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability.

Tax ID # 95-2906369 


Brief History

Community Counseling Center was founded in 1968 by five local ministers who saw a need in the community for affordable counseling. It soon became a 501(c)(3) non-profit and has been a leader in mental health services ever since. It created Hotline in 1970 and operated Warmline (a parenting advice line) from 1978 to 1996. Over the years CCC (formerly Family Services Center) has participated in child abuse prevention education, AIDS counseling, inmate counseling at the county jail, literacy classes, and a variety of workshops and support groups.

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Board of Directors

Irene Iwan (Board President)

Christina Bailey (Vice President)

Paul Malykont (Treasurer)

Gerald Clare (Secretary)

Joe Patane

Gil Stork

Ole von Frausing-Borch

Brett VanSteenwyk

Mary Harris

Deborah Lyon















James Statler (Executive Director)

Sheila Lassegard, LMFT (Clinical Program Manager)

Paul Johnson M.A (Assistant Clinical Program & Operations Manager)

Katie Silva (Administrative Services Specialist)

Michelle Vasquez  (Bilingual Administrative Services Specialist)

Jazmin Cortez (Bookkeeper-Connect Accounting)

Deborah Dueck (Administrative Specialist: Accounts Payable)

Hallie Scott (Administrative Specialist)

Funding Sources & Acknowledgements

Community Counseling Center (CCC) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that has been serving San Luis Obispo County since 1968. The agency is grant funded by the United Way, the County of San Luis Obispo, the City of San Luis, the State of California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, and Central Coast Funds for Children.

Corporate, private and individual donations are encouraged as grants are but a portion of the necessary funding streams needed to keep the agency thriving. Help us help others by sending your donation to Community Counseling Center (CCC) of San Luis Obispo County.

Dr. Michael Emmons Memorial Fund


*Purpose: established in March of 2017 the Michael Emmons Memorial Fund honors the life and work of one of the Central Coast’s most talented and caring psychologists, authors and educators.

Michael L. Emmons, Ph.D. (1938-2016), enjoyed a distinguished career. He served as counselor, professor, and trainer of marriage and family counseling interns at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  He also maintained a limited private practice, and became an in-demand consultant to educational, government and business organizations. He is recognized worldwide as author/co-author of seven books in popular and professional psychology.   Dr. Emmons and assertiveness training became synonymous following his co-authorship of Your Perfect Right: A Guide of Assertive Behavior, with Dr. Robert Alberti, in 1970. He devoted much of his life’s work to furthering and understanding assertiveness and self-expression. Although his focus on assertive living took center stage, he also was an innovator in holistic – mental/physical/spiritual -- approaches to dealing with mental health issues.

The Emmons fund offers fellowship for the most economically vulnerable clients seeking services through the agency. The Michael Emmons Memorial Fund annually subsidizes individuals, couples and families unable to afford even the bottom of CCC’s sliding scale core program. Michael’s “driving need to help and serve” is an inspiration to us all and one that CCC is excited to integrate with our mission. The fund was established by Michael’s colleague and dear friend, Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D., whom he co-authored Your Perfect Right with in 1970. The two shared a lifelong professional and personal relationship that is exemplar of their mutual desire to help the world communicate better.

The Axelroth Fund

The Axelroth Fund was originally created in 2011 upon the retirement of Elie Axelroth, PhD from the Cal Poly Health Center. The initial purpose for the fund was to subsidize or scholarship therapy services for Cal Poly students that had exhausted their resources on campus or were subject to an exorbitant wait time and needed immediate attention. Friends, faculty and CCC donors contributed seed funds at the outset and over 40 students received sponsored counseling in the first two years. More recently, the fund has been under revision as Cal Poly’s on campus services have expanded and their adjunct counseling need is not as great (although CCC does still serve many Cal Poly students each year). With this news in hand, Elie has begun re-conceptualizing the fund, which has led to the developmental idea of the “Axelroth Student Therapist Scholarship Award” to be given annually by CCC to an outstanding graduate student completing their practicum/traineeship with Community Counseling Center. CCC’s practicum trainees currently attend a host of Universities that include Cal Poly, Antioch, Pacifica, Brandman, Saybrook and UCSB. More information and specifics will be offered regarding award nominees, recipients and events related to eh presentation and outcome. Interested donors are encouraged to directly contact Executive Director, James Statler for further information on the Axelroth Fund.

We would like to thank the following grant funders for their support:   

City of SLO
United Way
Community Foundation
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Dignity Health
Prop 63
Santa Barbara Foundation
The Holman Group
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