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Mental Health

What are mental health problems?
Mental health generally refers to your psychological and emotional well-being. When you are experiencing distress you may feel depressed, overwhelmingly stressed or anxious. If it is serious, it could affect your everyday functioning in school, work, relationships or even in your ability to carry out your daily activities.

Contact our registered Behavioral Health Specialist or schedule an appointment at 323-233-3100 x 218.

Marina Compean
Behavioral Health Specialist

What are mental health services?
Mental health services at Universal Community Health Center include counseling (talk therapy), first line medication (such as antidepressants), and psychosocial support related to stress and trauma, coping with medical illness, socioeconomic stressors such as homelessness, un/underemployment, substance use/abuse, and domestic and/or community violence. We provide crisis intervention as well as individual, family, and group therapy. We offer consultations with mental health professionals whom can help our patients with stress and anger management, depression and anxiety symptom relief, couples counseling, parenting, survivors of domestic violence, trauma, and self-esteem. Primary care services include medication for mental illnesses such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What do mental health therapists/counselors do?
Mental health therapists at Universal Community Health Center meet with individuals, usually bi-weekly, to help them determine the causes, reasons and triggers for problems and symptoms that are negatively impacting them. In addition, we help identify and plan ways to manage the symptoms in order to improve quality of life.

How do I see a mental health therapist/counselor?
Mental health services at Universal Community Health Center include counseling (talk therapy), first line medication (such as antidepressants), and psychosocial support related to stress and trauma, coping with medical illness, socioeconomic stressors such as homelessness, un/underemployment, substance use/abuse, and domestic and/or community violence. We provide crisis intervention as well as individual, family, and group therapy. We offer consultations with mental health professionals whom can help our patients with stress and anger management, depression and anxiety symptom relief, couples counseling, parenting, survivors of domestic violence, trauma, and self-esteem. Primary care services include medication for mental illnesses such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Do I See a Mental Health Therapist/Counselor?

  • You may ask your medical provider for a referral to our mental health counselors.
     

  • If a therapist/counselor is available during your appointment, patients may walk-in to see a mental health therapist/counselor at our 2801 S. San Pedro St location during our clinic hours (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Monday through Thursday.
     

  • If one is not immediately available in person – you may be offered an appointment to begin mental health services.
     

  • Please contact our our clinic if you need more information. All referrals usually go through your medical provider.

About Marina Compean, 
Behavioral Health Specialist

Marina Compean, LCSW is seasoned clinician social worker and teacher who knows trauma-informed, responsive, integrated health care from the inside out. Working alongside primary care providers for over 15 years now, she is a mental health professional dedicated to bidirectional integration of behavioral health and patient-centered, whole-person care. Marina has dedicated her professional efforts to providing culturally responsive, collaborative and holistic care in medically underserved communities of East and South Los Angeles. 

She is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural and has a wealth of experience in providing clinical services for pregnant and post-partum women, at-risk children and youth, LGBTQIA young adults, as well as adults across the lifespan in community health centers, schools, and medical settings.

Ms. Compean has developed trauma-informed programs infused with mind-body principles, and focused on resiliency and recovery. She has lectured and presented widely on trauma informed-practices in primary care settings, resiliency approaches, culturally responsive health care, physician wellbeing, and population-based approaches to integrated behavioral health.