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About the Center

The Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services (CCDS) has been serving the Sacramento community through affordable counseling and educational testing since 1968.


The mission of the Center for Counseling & Diagnostic Services is to provide services within the Sacramento region to strengthen communities by providing interventions that meet the needs of individuals and families in our community. We strive 1) to provide affordable mental health care to people in need; 2) to provide affordable educational testing to families in need; and 3) to provide tutoring for children that need extra educational support.


We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of a variety of individuals, couples, and families through the training of new practitioners with the highest degree of professional and ethical competence. In order to accomplish this mission, the Center provides a range of educational testing and counseling services, including: personal counseling, career counseling, couple/family counseling, outreach programming, groups, workshops, and career, educational, and therapeutic assessment and diagnosis.

Clients Served

A wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds are seen at the Center. We work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. We offer groups and workshops, educational testing and tutoring. While we primarily work the community, we also support Sacramento State students by providing ongoing counseling interventions.

Core Values

  • We value equity and access understanding that every human needs access to health and educational services including counseling, testing, and tutoring.
  • We value and emphasize wellness to treat mental health concerns through interventions based in empirical science and best practices in counseling and diagnostic services.
  • We value and respect diversity of all individuals.
  • We value training ethical and legal practitioners to support the needs of the greater Sacramento Community.

Diversity Statement

Sacramento is the state capital of California and one of the most diverse cities in the nation. We are committed to fostering a sense of inclusiveness by providing equal access to counseling and educational testing and tutoring opportunities with a welcoming environment. One our imperatives is to ensure a welcoming environment for all community members. We desire to build a community free from all forms of bias, discrimination, and oppression but is one devoted to the celebration of the many facets of our identities and the richness of a community with diverse life experiences and perspectives.