using your Insurance
Contact your insurance or Medi-Cal to obtain your behavioral health benefits and obtain In-Network referrals from them. In order to do that, call the number on your insurance card, that is listed as Member Benefits, Behavioral Health or Mental Health. Request information regarding your deductible and copay for weekly outpatient therapy. Ask for In-Network referrals to call and make an appointment. If you cannot afford your deductible or copay, please see other options below. You can ask or request referrals for telehealth resources.
Low cost referrals
For counseling in the community, below is a list of low-cost counseling agencies in Orange County that provide sliding scale services. Be sure to ask for sliding scale options and leave a voicemail if needed. If you have not heard back from them after 3 days, call again.
2180 W. Crescent Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
Free counseling for low-income or uninsured individuals
Hope Counseling Center
Hope International University, South Campus
2585 E. Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831
(714) 879‐3901 ext. 1266
To make an appointment, please call and leave a message. Your calls will be returned within 24 hours. After the initial intake you will be assigned to a counselor to help you with your unique needs. HCC has a standard office fee for counseling services. A sliding scale fee is available based on family income for those who are unable to afford the full fee. Counseling services may be provided by Masters level students or a non‐licensed clinician under the supervision of a licensed clinician.
5712 Camp Street, Cypress, CA 90630
Program provides mental health counseling for families, individuals, and groups. Among the groups offered are Adult Anger Management, Teen Anger Management, and Parenting Classes. There is a $25 intake fee. Services are on a sliding scale ranging from $20‐$95.
City of Brea Family Resource Center
695 E. Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821
Sliding scale available: Brea Residents: $15‐25, Non Brea: $25‐35, CSUF Students: $10. Individual, family, couples, children and group counseling services provided. Counseling is provided by Marriage and Family Therapist Interns. It is open Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Shiloh Community Counseling Center
101 S. Kramer Blvd., Suite 122, Placentia, CA 92870
Sliding scale available. Individual, family, and groups (dependent on needs). Counseling is provided by Marriage and Family Therapist Interns. It is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. There is a one‐time $35 for the first‐appointment.
The Gary Center
341 South Hillcrest Street, La Habra, CA 90631
Provides free emergency crisis counseling. Family, individual, and group counseling services offered. In addition substance abuse programs (state certified and probation approved 38 week program) and parent education program (24 week court ordered or voluntary) are available. Services are offered on a sliding scale fee starting at $25.
Anaheim Harbor Family Resource Center
819 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
Their mission is to “provide a comprehensive array of social, educational, and health services that will empower families and children with the necessary skills to increase self‐sufficiency and confidence resulting in optimal academic and social success.” Counseling services are available, including USC Telehealth (usctelehealth.com/) an online therapy service that may be free for qualified individuals.
1651 East Fourth St., Suite 128, Santa Ana, CA 92807
1015 E. Chapman Ave., Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92831
721 W. Kimberly Ave., Placentia, CA 92870
30011 Ivy Glenn Dr., Suite 218, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
All FACES programs focus on the needs of the family and helping the child after divorce or separation. Programs include: The Family Preservation, Counseling services, The BACK & FORTH CHILD, groups for single parents and their children, COMMON GROUND, Monitored visits, safe visits, Supervised exchanges, Transitions and Parent/Child relationship Building. Educational Institute: Training and Public Education regarding domestic violence prevention and intervention.
Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy
501 W. Palm (Crean Building on Chapman campus) Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866
Counseling services include individuals, couples, families, and children and are provided by graduate students. Fees are established according to a sliding scale, based on the individual or family’s monthly gross income (employment, unemployment, disability, SSI/SSA, worker’s compensation, alimony/child support, etc.). Fees may range from $10.00 to $60.00 per session. These fees cover only a small portion of the cost of providing services. Payment is due at the time of the session, cash or check only. The Center has a 24‐hour cancellation policy or the full fee will be charged for the late cancellation. An assessment will be conducted over the phone to determine eligibility for services.
Mariposa Women and Family Center
812 West Town & Country Road, Orange, CA 92868
Mariposa Women and Family Center provides high quality, low cost mental health and substance abuse counseling, life skills, and supportive services to women and families. Services provided are: parenting skills, anger management, bereavement groups, outpatient substance use treatment (women & adolescents), women’s eating disorder process group, trauma group, friends and family addict support group. Fees start at $15 per session and are dependent on income.
Pepperdine University Counseling Center
1811 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 401, Irvine, CA 92612
Services are provided by Pepperdine’s master and doctoral level interns and include individual, couples, and family counseling. A brief over the phone assessment in conducted. Sliding scale fees are available. Additional locations are in West Los Angeles and Encino.
Note: Clinic closed last 3 weeks of August
The Mental Health Center at Hoag
1501 Superior Avenue, Suite 311, Newport Beach CA 92658
The mental health and psychotherapy program provides services on a low sliding scale to the surrounding community. There is an additional one time intake fee. No one will be turned away due to lack of funding. Services include family, couple and individual counseling and are provided by a team of bilingual and bi‐cultural psychotherapist who hold Master’s degrees in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Master’s in Social Work Interns. Services are available in English, Spanish and Farsi.
Use the "Find a Therapist" tool in the center of the page, and enter your zip code. Utilize filters to narrow your search. If a sliding scale is needed, click on a provider and scroll to finance section.
- Dial 2-1-1 on phone
211 provides information and referrals for mental health services in the area that you live. You can also log on to 211 org for further information.
Mental Health Screening
A quick and simple way to take an anonymous mental health screening.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
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