Counseling services are for Court Ordered Clients or Volunteers who wish to improve families and relationships.  We orffer individual, family or group counseling settings.  Para servicios en español llame al 805-305-0068  The following is a list of services provided:

Coparenting Classes

‚ÄčThis is a 12-lesson model of educating parents who are raising their children from two separate homes (after divorce).  It will help them work toward building a healthy environment for children after divorce or separation.  This program educates parents on how to provide a structured and companionate environment for children while reducing conflict.

Parenting Classes

Group counseling to educate parents on skills to effectively manage their children’s development.  This program helps parents set boundaries and reward positive behaviors.

Domestic Violence Treatment Group Classes

Probation Approved for 52-sessions of group psychoeducation to learn ways to eliminate family violence.  Keep in mind you can enroll on this site.  See the Class Schedule for options!  Remeber to click here: Probation Approved list to CONFIRM PROVIDERS are REAL!

Anger Management Program

Group counseling or Individual Sessions using various cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) - This is accepted by Los Angeles or Ventura County Courts.

Group therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other treatments and services as a method for addressing specific issues. The benefits of group therapy include:

  • Providing members with opportunities to ventilate feelings in a safe environment and receive feedback from others experiencing similar problems.
  • Better success rates than any ONLINE alternatives.

Groups can be a helpful and appropriate therapeutic modality for children, adolescents, parents, offenders, and non-offending parents. Certain issues, such as stigmatization and shame, isolation, and poor self-esteem, are especially amenable to group treatment. In group therapy, children and adolescents can learn that their experiences and feelings are shared by others, thereby correcting erroneous beliefs and cognitive distortions that result in feelings of stigma and shame.

Group therapy is contraindicated when an individual is extremely disturbed, is unable to share the attention of the therapist with others, cannot verbally express his or her feelings, or is involved in a crisis situation that requires one-to-one support.

Monitored Supervision -  CPS and DCFS Recognized - Meets the Standards 5.20 set by California Courts.  Please see the Supervision website link.  We have all the FL-324 and intake forms on this website.

Therapeutic Type or Regular Visit Supervision type (In or Out of Office).  Meets Court requirements.  Los Angeles or Ventura County Approved!  See link for details.  

Individual Psychotherapy

Therapy in a confidential setting – Adults and Children.

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Expert Witness Testimony/ Advice  MSNBC logo

Mr. Scott Barrella, MS LMFT has been a licensed therapist in California since 1995.  He started Cornerstone Counseling Center in 1997 and wrote the evidence-based curricula for several of the court-approved programs. These include Parenting, High-Conflict Coparenting, Anger Management and Batterers Intervention programs.  He also has been a respected trainer and consultant for the Ventura Probation Department, Ventura Family Court Mediators, and CAMFT organization for over two decades.    Mr. Barrella is designated as an “Expert Witness” in the area of Domestic Violence and Reunification in both Los Angeles and Ventura County Family Courts.  He is a long-standing member of the City of Simi Valley Taskforce on Homelessness and the Ventura County Continuum of Care Team, both of which address housing and homelessness. He has diagnosed and treated thousands of families with complex family dynamic issues and is an EAP Provider for Cigna Healthcare. He was an instructor at CSUN and CSUCI in the Masters in Counseling programs.  Subjects taught included law and ethics, family intervention strategies, diagnostic interviewing, and domestic violence treatment.  He is a CAMFT Member and conducts his private practice as a marriage and family therapist in Ventura and Los Angeles County. He has practiced in the Ventura County area since 1997.


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