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Counseling & Resource Center

Domestic violence can have a devastating effect on the entire family.

Living with years of abuse can cause severe trauma. With continued hope and assistance from professionals, families can start to heal and rebuild their lives.

Laura's House Programs That Serve the Entire Family

Counseling Resource Center (CRC) Services

The Counseling and Resource Center provides a variety of opportunities for therapeutic support and healing. These services are available to men, women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. Counseling is provided in English or Spanish.

Fees are based on a sliding scale to ensure that no one is turned away because of inability to pay. Childcare is also offered during certain hours.

For more information or to schedule an intake appointment at the Counseling and Resource Center, please call (949) 361-3775. Our offices are located in Ladera Ranch, find directions and other ways to contact us.

Individual, Child, Couples and Family Therapy

Individual Therapy - Brief psychotherapy in a “one-on-one” setting designed to address and support personal goals stemming from intimate partner violence. Individual sessions may focus on safety planning, reducing symptoms associated with PTSD/anxiety/depression, building self-esteem and empowerment, or exploration of choices regarding abusive relationships.

Child Therapy - Children often experience difficult and complicated feelings due to witnessing or experiencing abuse in the home. Offered individually or conjointly with siblings, child therapy serves to facilitate the identification and processing of feelings in a safe, non-directive manner. This is often accomplished through therapeutic play and art therapy interventions.

Couples Therapy - When safe to do so, couples therapy assists in creating healthier ways to relate and improves the quality of relationships. Couples have the opportunity to establish better coping skills, new communication styles, and conflict resolution techniques that are necessary to avoid abusive interactions.

Family Therapy - Serves to address the pervasive family dynamics and roles that continue to exist whether the abuser is still physically a part of the family or not. The parent(s) and children will often benefit from sessions designed to alter old patterns and create new roles (along with communication styles) that are healthy and safe.

Group Therapy

Personal Empowerment Program (P.E.P) - A 10-week psycho-educational group aimed at increasing awareness of the emotional and physical dangers involved in abusive relationships. Each week highlights a particular aspect of abuse in relationships. Topics include: Defining intimate partner violence, PTSD and Stockholm Syndrome, boundaries, the effects on children, the legal system, denial, red flags, healthy relationships, codependency, and safety planning. The goals of PEP are to educate participants on domestic violence/abuse, increase awareness of individual roles in abusive dynamics, offer social support, and learn tools to stop the cycle of violence in one's current relationship and/or family. The Personal Empowerment Program is offered at Laura's House Counseling and Resource Center for women, men and Spanish-speaking individuals. PEP is endorsed by the court and is extremely beneficial to anyone who has been victimized by domestic/intimate partner violence.

H.E.A.R.T. Strong - An open-ended, psycho-educational and supportive group tailored for teenagers. Teens are educated about dating violence, healthy dating relationships, boundaries, and self-esteem. The group is co-ed, ages 14-18.

Parenting Classes - An 8-week psycho-educational group designed to specifically address those parenting questions and concerns when intimate partner violence is involved in the family.

Dating After Abuse - An 8-week psycho-educational group with the aim to help participants identify unhealthy patterns of dating and develop new, healthy dating practices. The group will address these questions: How will I know if I'm ready to start dating? How can I avoid getting into another abusive relationship? Why do I seem to attract abusive partners?

Healing is My Choice - A 12-week process group for sexual abuse survivors. The focus of the group is to process emotions related to the effect s of sexual abuse in a safe, supportive environment. Participants will learn relaxation techniques and other coping skills in an effort to move forward.

Experiencing Life with Assertiveness - A 4-week, psycho-educational group with the aim to increase assertiveness. Topics include: Communication skills, goal-setting, mindfulness, and overcoming fear and anxiety stemming from uncertainty.

Grief and Loss Group - A 6-week psycho-educational group with the aim to address and process feelings, thoughts, and emotions of loss. Loss can take many forms - loss of self, relationship with spouse or partner, relationship with children, role as a mother or father, loss of a childhood if one was exposed to domestic violence in their youth, etc. Different types of loss (applied to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) will be addressed in the group.

Letting Go of Codependent Patterns - An 8-week psycho-educational group designed to help participants understand what codependency is and how it relates to intimate partner violence. Topics include: Identifying and establishing boundaries, uncovering learned codependent behaviors in family-of-origin, healthy communication, and becoming aware of self-defeating thoughts that perpetuate unhealthy relationships.

Self Esteem Group - An 8-week psycho-educational and interactive group. Topics include: Understanding the basic tenets of self-esteem, learning the techniques to help cultivate self-esteem, integrating practices of healthy self-esteem into your daily life, and discovering an internal sense of personal power.


Boundaries - A workshop to address why boundaries are an important part of healthy relationships (including the relationship you have with yourself.) Through round table dialogue, the facilitator will explore real-life examples of challenging situations where boundaries are tested. Participants will receive tips and tools to apply healthy personal boundaries to even the most daunting situations.

Addressing Anxiety - A workshop devoted to education about the effects of anxiety as well as opportunities to develop tools to combat stress in the mind and body. The experiential portion of this workshop aims to provide complete relaxation for the participants as one learns to cope with worries and fears.

Groups and workshops are offered continuously or intermittently depending on the needs of our clients. New groups and workshops may be introduced while others are on hold. For a current list, with dates and times, please contact the Counseling & Resource Center (CRC) at 949-361-3775.

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Laura's House Teen Site Heart Chat:

Heart Chat is an online hotline that provides information, resources and referrals to teens age 12-17 with the goal of encouraging healthy dating relationships and providing support to those in abusive relationships. Heart Chat connects teens to a domestic violence advocate who can answer questions, offer relationship education, suggest safety planning tips and connect teens to a professional therapist. Send an e-mail to our domestic violence advocates at and an advocate will respond.

Heart Health:

Heart Health is a program that offers teens age 12-17 convenient counseling services through the use of live video streaming (i.e. Skype) or by phone. Now teens can get the support they need without the burden of having to arrange transportation or drive to a physical counseling center location.

What kind of things can Heart Health counseling help you with?

  • Create a personalized safety plan. If you are feeling unsafe in your relationship or need specific guidance and feedback about how to protect yourself, working with a therapist can help you create a safety plan tailored to your situation.
  • Figure out how to handle specific relationship problems. Talking with a therapist allows you the opportunity to explore the specific relationship problems you are facing and helps you figure out what to do and how to respond to the specific problems you are facing.
  • Feel better. Often problems in our dating relationships can affect how we feel in general (i.e. tired, sad, difficulty concentrating). Talking with a therapist can help you feel better in general.


Want to get started ?

E-mail a domestic violence advocate at and let them know you are interested in the Heart Health program.

Visit Laura's House Teen Site
  • Signs of Abuse
  • How to Help a Friend
  • Safety Planning