73 N. Palm Avenue, Suite F5 VCC@VenturaCommunityCounseling.com 805-791-9700

Who We Are


The mission of VCC is to facilitate integrative psychological and spiritual growth and wellness. We are located in downtown Ventura, providing affordable mental health services to residents of Ventura and surrounding areas.


We envision a world in which mental health services and spiritual practice are not a luxury only some can afford, but an essential part of healthcare available to all.


Ventura Community Counseling (VCC) offers Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, therapy for Children and Adolescents, and Group Therapy


The Marriage and Family Therapist Interns below provide therapy services at Ventura Community Counseling.


Yesenia Larios

Professional PicI received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Before joining Ventura Community Counseling in 2016, I worked for Ventura County Behavioral Health as well as non-profit and private organizations providing therapeutic services to adults, children, and families. My work focused on treating a wide range of disorders including anxiety disorders. Many years of personal and professional experience with treating anxiety allows me to connect with individuals suffering from anxiety and help them overcome their fears that are holding them back from living the life they want to live. My work with Ventura Community Counseling focuses on treating anxiety related disorders utilizing Mindfulness principals with the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I feel strongly about the connection between the mind and body and the importance of treating a person as a whole which is why I offer a holistic treatment approach to treating anxiety. I will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs!

Lexi Heinzer

I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I have gained experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My passion is helping families and couples through transitions and difficulties within their interpersonal relationships. I will join you on a journey to promote effective problem solving skills, active listening, growth, trust building, respect, and healing. I focus on pulling out strengths and building on those. Therapy is a process in which we learn together how to make small changes, in order to begin the upward arrow in the direction of happiness. Relationships can be the biggest support in ones life, or the biggest sore. Let’s work together to make your relationships something that you can cherish.

As a therapist, I continue to work with families as well as with individuals looking to improve relationships, heal trauma, and find meaning in daily life. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I studied depth psychology. This perspective values both conscious and unconscious activity, such as dreams, imagination and creativity.

I use Gottman techniques and approaches as well as Family Systems in order to help individuals gain insight into how their behaviors may be impacting the conflict within their system. This valuable insight is then used to learn ways to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions.

Each member of the system is going to explore the feelings of being emotionally connected, having a deeper relationship, and feeling trusted. I focus on making everyone feel authentically heard and help those express their emotion to one another.