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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. View our Counseling Center video here >

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


A Zoom room to meet and make friends, share coping skills, and end your isolation. Share your stories and get to know each other! Hosted by Judie Cotton, President of the VBS Counseling Center. We talk about everything and anything that lifts spirits and enhances connection.

Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am

Click here to join on Zoom


For ages 19-26 who are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, and life transitions. This virtual group is a safe space to share your struggles with other young adults like you.

Led by Emilee Peters & Jerry Levine.

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

For more information please call (818) 784-1414 and ask for Jerry Levine or Emilee Peters.


A support group for men and women going through the process of divorce. A place to meet others in similar situations and gain insight and strength to move forward. Leaders are Jane Blitz and Rozita Korie.

Mondays 6:00-7:30pm 


For women 65 and over looking to gain support and insights on issues surrounding family, personal relationships,  aging, health and getting back into life post-COVID. Led by Linda Pachino and/or Susan Samuels. For more information please call (818) 784-1414.

Mondays 4:00-5:30pm 


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


Research indicates nutrition can improve mental health: reduce anxiety, diminish stress, as well as reduce the risk of many devastating diseases. Led by Art Kress, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist; call 818.784.1414 and ask for Art.

All groups are $15 per session. 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.

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