Welcome to Paul Velen MS, LMFT – LGBT, EMDR, Anxiety and Counseling Service in Riverside CA


Paul Velen is a licensed marriage and couple therapist practicing in downtown Riverside. Paul is also a group facilitator for two caregiver support groups (3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Sunrise Assisted Living, Canyon Crest, Riverside, CA, and the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm at Emeritus Assisted Living, Grand Terrace, CA.)

He received his Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton in 1982, and was licensed as a marriage, child and couple counselor in 1985. Additionally, Mr. Velen holds a certificate in gerontology from California State University, Fullerton, is a fully certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with special training in Feeling State Addiction protocol, and Integrated EMDR that’s used to treat migraine headaches.

As a professional couple counselor, Mr. Velen enjoys providing private clients, family members and professional caregivers with counseling. He is also especially enthusiastic about his successes using EMDR as a therapeutic tool. Clients frequently report, post-EMDR, they are no longer affected by anger and sadness at for years were an overwhelming feature of their lives.

Linda Gort, LCSW, Magnolia Counseling in Riverside offers: “I have found that referring clients to Paul for EMDR sessions has been instrumental in helping them break through traumas, inhibiting them from resolving issues in their past, allowing them to break through traumatic roadblocks.”

Mr. Velen has found EMDR therapy also useful in resolving emotional triggers that can interfere with care giving, and other significant relationships (marital, parent child, and sibling).

Paul warmly welcomes calls for individual and couples counseling, as well as relationship counseling/training from professional caregivers. He also enjoys opportunities for peer interaction and support.

Address: 4073 Brockton Ave Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 536-0956

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Accepted Insurance Plans:

  • Aetna
  • CHIPA/College Health
  • MHN/Managed Health Network
  • BlueCross and/or BlueShield
  • Health Net
  • Magellan Behavioral Health

Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit

My specialty as couples, LGBT and Anxiety counseling therapists is helping clients pinpoint issues and aid you in developing productive strategies and techniques to settle them. I have been tremendously successful at counseling clients to bring about the real and lasting changes they wish to make in their lives.

As with psychotherapy, my counseling may be carried out in individual sessions or as part of those which involve others. Dependent upon the circumstances of your specific case, Couple counselor talking with a manthe counselors will discuss the most beneficial options with you in order to decide on the most appropriate and beneficial way forward.

Paul Velen MFT’s clients come to us struggling with depression, anxiety, the stress of city living, confusion, and of course – family issues. Their pain is palpable. In response, I believe that I have developed the most dynamic and effective couples counseling sessions in Riverside. My therapy sessions may occur outdoors while walking, and somehow the simple act of walking while talking out life’s issues – creates an environment of possibility and change.

Yes, it is unique. As are the amazing clients with whom I have had the privilege to work. My clients are the heroes of their own lives, and I am very proud of the work we do together. I encourage you to give it a try. Call now to set up an initial appointment (951) 536-0956.

Paul Velen MFT will work with your family members one at a time or as a group to bring out better communication skills, promote family change and development. My couples and individual counselor office is located at 4073 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 or you can call me on (951) 536-0956.