Counseling Center

The Donald J. Willfong Community Counseling Center

Family Counseling Center

Therapeutic Counseling

New Beginnings offers confidential, therapeutic family counseling and psychological testing and assessment to more than 600 at-risk individuals and families in the greater Santa Barbara area each year. Experienced family counselors are here to help clients explore life transitions, relationship issues, and a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, compulsive behaviors, substance use, job loss and stress, aging, isolation, and anger management. Many clients experience a 15% reduction in overall distress after only eight sessions.

Individual, Couples, Groups, & Family Counseling

The clinic offers confidential individual, couples, group, and family counseling services in both English and Spanish with masters and doctoral level interns gaining hours for clinical licensure. We provide a research-informed, best-practice approach to preparing tomorrow’s psychotherapists and psychologists in the field of mental health.

Schedule Your First Appointment

Contact our Intake Coordinator, Mallory Chandler, at (805) 963-7777 x206 or at Counseling appointments are available Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday depending on counselor availability.

Affordable Sliding Fee Scale

We are able to meet with you on a personal, confidential basis and offer a sliding-fee scale. We maintain a commitment to serve, reflecting the individual’s ability to pay for services. Family counselors are ready and able to serve you. We will match your needs with the education and experience of our clinicians to find the best person to assist you.

Telemental Health Services

We offer a telemental health videoconferencing platform for all our clients. This was generously funded through a partnership with Cottage Health and Zoom Communications. We also can arrange for you to come to our center and meet with a counselor in person if you choose.

Group Classes

New Beginnings offers group therapy classes, which typically include classes on mindfulness, anger management, parenting, dialectical behavior therapy, women’s empowerment, a teen group and immigration support. For more information about available groups and to register for our upcoming Anger Management Group, click here.

Family Impact

For more than 50 years, our Family Counseling Center has provided one of the lowest sliding-fee scales for mental health services in Santa Barbara. Today, we have over 30 all-volunteer masters and doctoral level counselors, as well as over 10 all-volunteer clinical supervisors. Over the years, we have also trained more than a thousand of our area’s clinicians. We are here to ensure that everyone in our community has access to quality, affordable mental health counseling.


For more information about becoming a counselor at New Beginnings, please visit our internships page. If you have general questions about the Family Counseling Center at New Beginnings or are interested in becoming a supervisor, please contact:

Shana Burns, MFT
Clinical Director
805-963-7777 x125