Through its Downtown Oakland location, the JFK University Community Counseling Centers (CCC) extend into Alameda County their mission of making much-needed mental-health services available to disadvantaged segments of the local community. By providing low-cost mental-health care close to home, the Oakland Community Counseling Center gives local residents a viable option for obtaining the care they need at a price they can afford.

As with all of JFK University’s Community Counseling Centers, the Oakland facility is staffed by advanced graduate students in the Counseling Psychology programs at JFK University’s College of Psychology. Working under the supervision of licensed, professional psychotherapists, these students gain valuable first-hand experience while providing individuals with needed care to which they otherwise would not have access.

Graduate-student counselor trainees undergo intensive training on how to help their clients explore life challenges and identify ways in which these challenges permeate their thoughts, body, and environment. Conducted in both group and private sessions, these explorations involve dealing with issues as wide-ranging as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery
  • Youth Issues: Self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, and school-related problems
  • Family Issues: Parenting, child-parent conflicts, blended families, violence prevention
  • Veterans Issues
  • Acculturation
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Poblems
  • Spiritual Crises
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Chronic Pain and Illness
  • Sexual Identity (all sexual orientations welcome)

All of JFK University’s Community Counseling Centers pride themselves on opening their doors to anyone in need. This guarantees that any individual who seeks services will have access to the tools that make personal growth and healing possible. This is particularly true of our Oakland Center, where sliding-scale fees are available for individual and family clients. Low-fee group sessions also are available. Its close proximity to BART and other public transportation options also make the Oakland Center accessible to a broad swathe of the Bay Area’s most under-served neighborhoods.

Since its founding in 1965, JFK University has made community service a core component of its mission. Nowhere is the University’s continuing commitment to this ideal more evident than in its Community Counseling Centers. By providing underserved residents with much-needed mental-health services while opening up hands-on training opportunities for the next generation of counselors, the CCCs embody the University’s ideal of sustainable, positive change.

For more information on the Centers, including how to apply for services, visit

To schedule an appointment with the Oakland Center, call 510-444-3344.

Referrals will be made to other agencies for individuals who are acutely suicidal, potentially violent, suffering from severe psychiatric illness, or actively abusing drugs or alcohol.

Directions from BART

  • Take the 19th Street station exit
  • Go north-east on Broadway and walk up to 24th Street
  • Take a right onto 24th Street and continue up to Harrison Street
  • Turn left onto Harrison Street and cross the street

Total walking time from BART: approximately 15-20 minutes.

The Counseling Center is located in the back of the First Congregational Church. You may reach the Center via the Church driveway on 27th Street or on Harrison Street.