Community Counseling and Education Center

“What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours,” Dinah Washington sang in 1959. “What a difference a day made, […more…]

Stemming Santa Barbara’s Mental Health Crisis

Mariela Marin gets anxious any time they look at the waitlist of people seeking mental health services. On a typical […more…]

Community Counseling and Education Center

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(805) 962-3363
Executive Director: Mariela Marin


For over 33 years, CCEC’s mission has been to provide low-cost counseling to the Santa Barbara community by matching incoming clients to highly skilled trainee and associate therapists in our Clinical Training Program. The work that we do at CCEC attracts the area’s top graduate students and graduate associates, who are guided and advised by some of the most sought-after licensed clinical staff on the Central Coast.

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Therapy always seemed a luxury for someone other than me, someone that doesn’t live paycheck to paycheck, but I got lucky and found CCEC. Here, I was able to do meaningful work without the added pressure of being financially broken. Most importantly though, I found a place that accepted me for who I am. I found a therapist that cared about what happened to me, how I could heal, and genuinely walked with me on the path I was on.
Laura M.

One Day at a Time

In 2021 and 2022, the Community Counseling and Education Center stepped up its fundraising efforts to address Santa Barbara’s intensifying mental illness crisis. “Our priority this year is to make sure that we are not in a position to cut people off from services and to continue to expand the number of therapists that can see clients so we can address that waitlist,” says Executive Director Mariela Marin. The Center launched a capital campaign called One Day, which encourages donors to contribute just one day’s wages (the equivalent of 0.38% of an entire year). The initiative sends a resounding message that almost anyone has the ability to provide support to struggling members of the community. As Marin says, “It puts a frame around what it means to just give up one day for your community and for people that you care about and how easy that can be.”

Key Supporters

Margo and Jeff Barbakow
Anne and Eric Phillips
David Richo
Brittingham Family Foundation
Crawford Idema Family Foundation
Latkin Charitable Trust
Strickland Family Foundation
Gayle Light
Peggy Dodds and Marty Walker
Rob and Vikki Hunt
Vicky Blum
Greg de Roulhac
Hilary Mountford-Paty
Lisa Moore
Nancy Gunzberg
Patricia Butler
Leonard Cuff
Christine Schlumberger
Shira Musicant
Lori Lewis