Open Paths Counseling Center

Therapy for ALL walks of life

Culver City, CA   |  www.openpaths.org

Mission

Open Paths mission is to meet the evolving health care needs of the community through quality counseling for individuals and families at affordable fees; free therapy programs for at-risk children and youth in local schools; and a highly-regarded therapist training program.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Ms. Sierra Smith

Main address

400 Corporate Pointe Ste 300

Culver City, CA 90230 USA

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EIN

95-3221061

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When people of means experience crisis, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, etc. most are able to afford the $100 - $300 per hour session fee through their insurance or out of pocket and is typically provided by someone who is culturally similar. For people who are low-income, psychotherapy is generally unavailable due to lack of insurance and prohibitively high fees. Even when counseling is affordable, low-income people of color are often met with therapists who may not understand the cultural nuances of the communities they come from, or the chronic stress affiliated with financial insecurity. Open Paths Counseling Center fills this gap by ensuring that our clinicians culturally represent and understand the dynamics of the multitude of communities in Greater Los Angeles. This is done by recruiting clinicians with lived experience and/or a deep interest in serving under-resourced and marginalized communities. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Open Paths Counseling Services

This program provides culturally sensitive individual, couples and family therapy at our Center. We use a sliding scale fee structure based on each client's household net inccome to determine an affordable fee for people who are under or uninsured and would not otherwise have access to therapy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Another Way is a thirty year old domestic violence intervention program that believes that the only way to fundamentally disrupt the cycle of violence is to work with both people who are abusive as well as people who are abused. We provide individual, couples (when safe), and family therapy, as well as 52-week probation approved psycho-educational Batterer Intervention Groups, Anger Management Groups, Empowerment Groups for people who have been abused. All services are offered in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Therapy Outreach Program is designed to remove the barrier of location by providing therapy to people in their communities. We do this by strategically partnering with organizations that are already serving in low-income, under-served communities and sending culturally similar therapists to their locations to provide therapy for our shared clientele. This eases the burden of geography for clients who would have difficulty making it to our location weekly.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Therapy is provided on-site to under-resourced public and charter schools in Los Angeles to meet the therapeutic needs of at-risk students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Open Paths' Clinical Training Program provides culturally sensitive clinical training and supervision on a weekly basis to pre-licensed clinicians. Clinicians serve low-income clients under the guidance and supervision of highly experienced therapists who understand the cultural nuances of the communities and clientele we serve. This program includes opportunities for specialized training as well, such as training in EMDR and a six-month intensive trauma training program, above and beyond the weekly clinical trainings provided.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Culver City Commendation 2019

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Open Paths Counseling Center seeks to remove financial, geographical and cultural barriers to psychotherapy for low-income and historically marginalized communities in Los Angeles by providing culturally-affirming, trauma informed counseling either free or for a low-fee. We provide therapy virtually as well as at partner organizations in underserved communities, and will be returning to in-person services at our new Inglewood-based facility in falll 2021. Addition to providing much needed mental health services to underserved communities, Open Paths Counseling Center also has a highly sought after clinical training program that provides ongoing clinical training and supervision to our re-licensed counseling team. Our training program centers around the needs of BIPOC clients and those who have historically not been centered in the field of psychology.

Open Paths’ staff, comprising both graduate level and pre-grad Marriage and Family Therapist interns and trainees who are earning their 3,000 hours of hands-on experience for licensure are encouraged to facilitate groups. Our clinicians are supervised by a diverse team of experienced licensed therapists who ensure the high quality of services we are known for.

In 2017 Open Paths launched our Therapy Outreach Program (TOP). TOP partners with organizations in underserved communities by providing therapists from these communities to serve a shared clientele. This strategy removes the top three barriers to therapy for members of these communities by providing culturally sensitive therapy, at low or no fee, in communities where therapy is not readily available, by therapists who are culturally similar to the clients in these communities. By continuing to build out our Therapy Outreach Program, we aim to penetrate historically underserved communities by providing therapy in a way that breaks down stigma and barriers.

Open Paths' clinical team has doubled in the past three years and the clientele has grown by a third. We continue to seek out new organizations to partner with.

Since Open Paths launched our Therapy Outreach Program in 2017, we have partnered with multiple organizations in underserved areas to provide therapy to our shared clientele. Organizational partners include:

Social Justice Learning Institute, providing therapy to the youth in Compton and Inglewood
SBWIB YouthBuild, providing therapy to 16 - 24 year olds in Lennox
St. Margaret's Center, providing therapy to people of all ages in Lennox in English and Spanish
Dept. of Mental Health Women's Reentry Program, providing therapy groups to women re-entering after incarceration in South Los Angeles
Mar Vista Family Center, providing therapy to people of all ages in the Mar Vista community of Los Angeles in Spanish and English

Additionally, services at our Culver City location have increased by 200 clients in the past two years. Finally, our operating budget has increased by a third in three years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Open Paths Counseling Center

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pia Schiavo-Campo

Michelle Kazadi, Esq.

Law Office of Michelle L. Kazadi

Matt Rosen, Esq.

Partner - Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP

Derek Majors

Assoc. Dean Los Angeles Community College District

Roberto Quiroz, MSW

Retired, Former Director of LA Dept. of Mental Health

Carter Armstrong

Sr. VP Music at Warner Bros. Pictures

Keith Le Goy

President, Distribution and Networks at Sony Pictures Entertainment

Martin Watt

Software Engineer at Google

Shivani Parikh

Head of West Coast Operations at Blade

Eniola Akinrinade, Esq.

Attorney at Reed Smith, LLP

Sandy Lee

COO at Antioch University Los Angeles

Jack Flanagan

Talent Manager at Entertainment Lab

Pia Shiavo-Campo

Partner & Marketing Strategist at Momentum Solutionsentum S

Gina Deutsch-Zakarin, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.