The mission of Counseling Partners of Los Angeles is to serve at-risk and under-served students living in Los Angeles by providing a low-cost, school-based program that delivers essential counseling and support services students need in order to grow toward their full potential emotionally, intellectually, morally and socially.
CPLA is a leading partner in working to strengthen school communities, by providing services that create hope, empowerment and success for all students and their families.
We believe that every child deserves the right to reach their full potential. We believe our work is defined by the characteristics, uniqueness, needs and promise of the students, families and school communities we serve. We believe that our students, families and school communities are deserving of quality programs and services to increase their chances for a bright future. We believe in strong, collaborative partnerships that promote trust, respect and human dignity. We believe that our volunteer counselors are our greatest assets and act as the driving force for positive change in our organization and in supporting our students, families and school communities. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, honesty, integrity, and transparency in all that we do.
Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA) was founded in 2012 with the purpose of improving the lives of students attending Catholic schools in underserved areas of Los Angeles. The organization was started by Executive Director Therese Funk and Monica Taylor Dessert, who have a combined 17 years of mental health experience, and a passion for partnering with students, teachers, and parents to help students achieve their full potential.
CPLA focuses on providing direct counseling support to students and improving students' support networks by partnering with teachers, students, and administrators. The foundation of CPLA’s work is individual counseling services for elementary and high school students. CPLA’s service philosophy is to support students at school and includes working with family members and the school community in order to have the greatest impact. Highly committed and compassionate volunteer counselors deliver on-site services throughout the school year. Students are referred when teachers and parents are concerned about a student’s emotional well-being, behavior, attitude and/or motivation. Students are also encouraged to self-refer. The CPLA team strives each day to be a trusted partner with our students, families, schools and funders to honor the CPLA pledge to ensure success for every student every day. CPLA’s vision is to be a leading partner in working to strengthen school communities by providing programs that create hope, empowerment and success for all students and their families.
Our Impact From 2012-2023
Total Number of Days on Campus: 37,708 Total Student Sessions: 156,238 Number of Students who Received Individual Counseling: 15,932 Percentage of Students from a Minority Background: 89.43%
30.6% of sessions dealt with fears or anxieties 26.7% of sessions dealt with clients’ sadness 20.2% of sessions dealt with clients’ anger 17.8% of sessions dealt with self-esteem/confidence issues 3.5% of sessions dealt with self-harm 3.21% dealt with some form of suicidality
32.4% of sessions dealt with parent/child relationship 11.3% of sessions dealt with changes in family system 9.7% of sessions dealt with divorce/separation 7.8% of sessions dealt with death/dying 2.7% of sessions dealt with child abuse
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