About Us

In The Spirit of San Martin ....
This Center is responsive to the changing needs of the community, the family and the individual, as we attempt to weave the fabric of tradition and vision into a shared profit for our common good.

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San Martin de Porres Center, a non profit mental health agency, designed to use therapeutic & Psycho-educational methods to treat Psychological and Emotional problems to enhance a healthier & happier living for the individual and family.

San Martin de Porres Counseling Center was established in 1989.  In 1993, it became a community counseling center.  It's primary objective is to provide low cost, and quality mental health services to the residents of Los Angeles County.

Our current professional Staff represents more than six ethnic groups with a common belief in the importance of healing the family, the individual, and the community. Our Board of Directors are people from our community and reflects the diversity and character of Los Angeles.  These people are active in their respective businesses, but also have a heartfelt desire to serve the mental health needs of the inner cities.  The board's function is to set and enforce the policies of the agency; help define the needs of the agency; and the community it serves.


Is to focus on the rehabilitation and maintenance of the family, and attempt to enhance the marital bond, strengthen healthy parenting skills, increase effective communication, self reliance for individuals and the family.


Our philosophy hinges on our belief that every child deserves to be emotionally, and physically healthy; that every child needs emotionally stable parents and a stable environment.  And therefore, those who are not so stable, we will rehabilitate and empower by preserve the individual and/or family making them live a more productive life in our community.

With this in mind, we have committed ourselves to:

  • Respond to the needs of children and families, Keeping children physically and emotionally safe to guarantee stable growth.
  • Helping parents to develop skills and emotional control in order to be better parents.
  • Supporting and aiding families in their efforts to keep children safe.
  • Providing a safe environment for children in the home and the community.
  • Giving children the tools to grow up with self-respect, respect of others and be healthy in mind, body and spirit.
  • Helping the youth in the area of anger management, emotional control, and a positive attitude to life.
  • Maintaining a caring staff and welcoming environment.
  • Providing training to professionals in the fields of child abuse treatment and prevention.
  • Helping professionals focus on the rehabilitation and maintenance of the family,
  • Attempting to enhance the marital bond.
  • Collaborating with other agencies to enhance services to the families.
  • Preventing violence and abuse by early intervention and conflict resolution training.
  • Helping families and supporters understand that San Martin de Porres Center is a partner in progress and will continue to offer these services.