VBS Counseling Center

The VBS Counseling Center was established forty years ago to fulfill a need in the community. Its sustaining premise is that trained, experienced and dedicated volunteer counselors can help and guide individuals, couples and families through many of life’s challenges.  Trained counselors help solve a myriad of emotional and psychological issues by offering wisdom, insight, education and creativity. The Center is committed to offering low fee treatment to our congregation and the community at large, regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation. We treat all clients with dignity and respect, preserving confidentiality and following standards that ensure quality service and professionalism. 

Click here to visit the VBS Counseling Center website 

Click Here For VBS Resources On Death And Mourning

We offer help for:

  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Grief/Bereavement (including Widow Widower Bereavement Support Groups)
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Parenting
  • Marital/Family Problems
  • Communication Issues

All sessions are confidential and fees are based on a sliding scale. The Counseling Center is located on the lower level of the main VBS synagogue building. To make an appointment, contact the VBS Counseling Center at (818) 784-1414 (answering service) or CLICK HERE to contact via e-mail.

Counseling and Support Groups

Discuss issues helping to get you through the first difficult months.
Led by Judie Cotton.
Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 PM 

A place to share, learn, grow and gain insights through conversations with other women. Topics can include: launching millennials, exploring what’s next, reconnecting with your partner and caring for aging parents. Group now forming for March 2019 start. For more information please call (818) 784-1414 and ask for Gail or Linda.
Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Led by Jan Dann.
Mondays 4:45 - 6:15 PM 

Facilitated by Barbara Weitzberg, LCSW and Gloria Siegel, counselor/para rabbinic. Please contact Barbara Weitzberg at (818) 703-3176 or Gloria Siegel at (818) 788-1878 for further information and to register for the group.

Provides an opportunity to place a marriage on solid ground by helping to prevent disruptions. This course will be of value, regardless of a couple's age, gender issues, religion, or the number of previous marriages. You are urged to spend a few hours investing in strengthening this most precious relationship. The course includes five 90 minute group sessions.
Fee: $150 for a 5-session course

A place to share the trials and rewards of taking care of a loved one. 
We currently do not have an ongoing  Caregiver Support Group, however we are accepting calls from those interested in forming and participating in an ongoing group. Interested parties can contact Marcie Howard or Eileen Sudeck, MSW, ACSW at (818) 784-1414.

All groups are $15 per session. Groups meet in the VBS Counseling Center, located on the lower level of the main Valley Beth Shalom synagogue building. Group participants are pre-screened at the VBS Counseling Center. Groups will be formed according to need. Contact the VBS Counseling Center at (818) 784-1414 for more information.

Click here to Visit The VBS Counseling Center Website