About Us

The Place Within is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been serving the counseling and mental health needs of Monrovia and the San Gabriel Valley for more than 25 years. Founded in 1988 by licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we serve our community in two significant ways.

1. We offer high quality, affordable individual and family counseling to the diverse members of our geographical area.

2. As a Marriage and Family Therapist training organization, we recruit and mentor a racially and ethnically varied group of talented counselors, offering them a rich program of traditional and complimentary theories, concepts, values, practices, and techniques.

At The Place Within we have chosen not to seek or accept funding from government sources. Our money comes from people who request our services and private donations, allowing our clients and their therapists the ability to make all decisions about their counseling with no outside restrictions. If you are interested in helping us further our mission through a monetary donation, please contact the Executive Director at NatashaMorisawa@ThePlaceWithin.org.

The Place Within offers skillful, affordable counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. At The Place Within, we believe that each person is gifted with the inner inclination, innate wisdom and natural ability for solving their own problems and creating more love, joy and satisfaction in their lives. However, everyone feels unsatisfied, unhappy, even lost at various times. We all face crisis of one type or another. While we can often move through these difficult times on our own, many of us find qualified, caring assistance and coaching helpful, perhaps even necessary, as an aid in wisely and courageously accessing our latent qualities and moving our one precious life toward what we are meant to be.

As individual and family therapists at The Place Within, we regard our job as 1) creating a safe, motivating environment and 2) offering supportive, stimulating guidance for the enhancement of each client’s own unique expression of emotional well being, meaningful relationships, and fulfilling life.

Couples and families have the additional challenge and opportunity of combining the desires, feelings, abilities and motivations of each member. As with individuals, each couple and family has “a place within” filled with love, wisdom and motivation that can be tapped for the benefit of the group and all its parties. Good couple and family therapy, including enhanced communication techniques, can access, energize, and guide these healing abilities.

We are proud to have offered individual psychotherapy, couple counseling, and family therapy to Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Pasadena, Azusa, Covina, Glendora, Temple City, Alhambra, La Verne, the entire San Gabriel Valley, and other parts of Southern California since 1988 from our location in Monrovia. We set a reasonable fee based on your income using our sliding fee scale and can therefore work with motivated people of nearly all incomes and financial situations.