»Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy

Established in 1965 by faculty and students concerned about helping families and individuals affected by the Vietnam War, the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy (also known as the Chapman University Community Clinic) has grown into a well-respected training facility offering psychological treatment services to the local community.

Under the auspices of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program (a nationally-accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education-COAMFTE, the Center operates as a non-profit clinic for individuals, couples, families, and children.  The dual mission of the Center is to provide high quality and affordable mental health services to the local community and to provide an excellent training and research environment to the graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Chapman University. 

MFT trainees are under the direct supervision of licensed clinical faculty. The Center is composed of eight therapy rooms, including a play therapy room for child therapy, and larger rooms for family therapy.  In addition, these rooms are equipped for direct observation and/or recording of sessions by clinical supervisors, as part of the extensive training and supervision of our graduate students.

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  • Center Staff
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    At the Center, therapists treat a wide range of issues which include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Adult survivor issues
    • Divorce recovery
    • Pre-marital counseling
    • Stress management
    • Relationship loss
    • Stepfamily issues
    • Behavioral problems
    • Infertility issues
    • Parent-child issues
    • Couple conflict
    • Family stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Bereavement
    • Trauma
    • Chronic illness
    • Parenting skills
    • Self-esteem

    Please read the following questions below.  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you would benefit from a higher level care than our training clinic can provide.  Please contact 211 for a list of other counseling centers in the area, or go to www.211OC.org.

    1.  Are you having suicidal thoughts at this time?

    2.  Have you been hospitalized for psychiatric reasons within the past 3 years?

    3.  Are you hearing voices and seeing things that are not there, having disorganized or rapid thoughts and not under the care of a psychiatrist?

    NOTE:  The Center does not offer services to individuals or families requiring documentation for child custody, court-related matters and cannot complete documentation for disability or any other type of evaluative services.  The Center also does not serve clients who are using any kind of substances including prescription marijuana.

     

  • Making a First Appointment

    In order to schedule a first appointment, please call the Center at (714) 997-6746.  If you do not reach a staff member immediately, a voicemail system will take your message and a clinical staff member will return your call as soon as possible. If leaving a message, please leave your name, telephone number, and a good time to reach you as part of your message.

    A clinical staff member will then contact you to complete a brief telephone interview (approximately 10-15 minutes). Fees are established on a sliding scale based on monthly gross income, so you will know what your fee will be at the time of this interview.

    After completion of the telephone interview, your information will be given to the Associate Director of the Center who will assign a therapist to call you for your first appointment. Assignments are based on availability, as well as the type and nature of the presenting concerns.

    At your first appointment, you will be asked to arrive approximately 30 minutes early to complete paperwork.

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Fees

    Fees are established according to a sliding scale, based on the individual or family’s monthly gross income (employment, unemployment, disability, SSI/SSA, worker’s compensation, alimony/child support, etc.).

    Fees may range from $15.00 to $60.00 per session.  These fees cover only a small portion of the cost of providing services.  Payment is due at the time of the session, cash or check only.  The Center has a 24-hour cancellation policy or the full fee will be charged for the late cancellation.

    NOTE:  Because graduate students provide services, insurance plans including Medicare, Medi-Cal, CalOptima, Healthy Families, etc., do not cover these services.
  • Location

    501 W. Palm Avenue
    Orange, CA  92868
    Telephone: (714) 997-6746
    Fax: (714) 744-7879

    The Crean Building is located on Palm Avenue next to the railroad tracks just west of Cypress Street.  The entrance to the Center is through the large black doors at the front of Crean Building  facing Palm Avenue  The Center lobby is located in Room 122.

    Parking is available in the lot directly across the street, in non-Chapman parking stalls parallel to the railroad tracks.  The Center is now closer to public transportation (two blocks north of the Orange Metrolink station).

    Directions

    From the south:

    • Take the 5 Freeway North
    • Change to the 55 Freeway North
    • Exit on Chapman Avenue West and turn right
    • Make a right on Tustin Avenue
    • Make a left at first signal (Palm)
    • Stay on Palm until you cross the railroad tracks (approx. 1.5 miles)
    • Crean Hall is the brick building on the right side just next to the railroad tracks

    From the north:

    • Take the 5 Freeway South
    • Change to the 22 Freeway East
    • Exit on Main Street exit and turn right and proceed to signal (Main St.), and then make a right
    • Continue on Main to Palm and make a right
    • At the signal before the railroad tracks, make a right into the parking lot
    • Crean Hall is the brick building across the street – enter through the black doors nearest the tracks
  • All clinical staff are graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Chapman University.  The students are Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees (or MFT Trainees) and are under the direct supervision of licensed clinical supervisors, ensuring high quality clinical services in a training environment.


    Center Administrators

    Naveen Jonathan Naveen Jonathan, Ph.D., LMFT
    Clinic Director
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Susan Jester Susan Jester, M.A., LMFT
    Associate Clinic Director
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

     

    Clinical Supervisors

    Suzanne Benko Suzanne Benko, M.S., LMFT
    Adjunct Faculty 
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Lori Breeden-Gomez Lori Breeden-Gomez, M.S., LMFT
    Adjunct Faculty 
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    heather-hargis

    Heather Hargis, M.S., LMFT
    Adjunct Faculty
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Linda Karmelich Linda Karmelich, M.A., LMFT
    Adjunct Faculty 
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Brennan Peterson Brennan Peterson, Ph.D., LMFT
    Associate Professor
    MFT Program Director
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    ann-worley

    Ann Worley, M.A., LMFT
    Adjunct Faculty
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Contact Us

Phone: (714) 997-6746
Fax:  (714) 744-7879

Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

501 W. Palm Avenue
Crean Building
Chapman University
Orange, CA  92866 
 

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