Outpatient Counseling and Psychotherapy
The outpatient counseling/psychotherapy program provides diagnostic and counseling/psycotheraputic services that are goal oriented and tailored to each individual client. Services are provided by staff that are trained and experienced in providing mental health services. Therapists meet or exceed standards of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and their respective licensing boards (ie. psychology, social work and counseling), and are licensed and/or supervised by an independently licensed mental health professional.
Children and Adolescents
Therapists work with each child individually to treat and educate for their particular issues. Family members may be included in the child’s treatment, if appropriate. Staff utilize a variety of techniques to assist children in achieving optimal wellness and functioning, including behavioral intervention and play therapy.
Staff provides confidential counseling to individuals who are having difficulty coping with life experiences. They will work to help the client better understand themselves, cope with emotional distress and improve interpersonal relationships. When appropriate, other family members will be included in treatment.
Problems We Address
Separation and Divorce
Suicide Threats and Attempts
Chronic Illness or Death
Physical and Sexual Abuse
Witness/Victim of Crime and Violence
Parenting Child Abuse/Neglect Risk
Substance Abuse Screening
Domestic Violence Assessments
Psychological Testing & evaluations
Family Support Programs
Behavior Management Programs
Family Violence Intervention & Prevention
for male and female perpetrators of domestic violence and child maltreatment/abuse.
Family VIP Program is a 36 week program condensed to 12 intensive two-hour, didactic and skill-building sessions, with 44 extensive homework assignments designed to demonstrate the clients ability to grasp materials taught in class and apply them to their life situation. Each client completes a pre-test, post test and intense, in-depth intake and comprehensive final examination. Groups are open to all adult family member; each group includes invited victims. Abusers attend different groups from their victims, unless there is no safety risk to joint attendance.
The treatment, its theoretical and empirical foundations, and research evaluations are presented by Steven Stosny, Ph.D.’s book, Treating Attachment Abuse: A Compassionate Approach, published by Springer. This program has an 86% success rate for ending physical abuse, and a 73% success rate for stopping verbal and emotional abuse. Dr. Stosny’s approach, called HEALS, is a 5-step emotional regulation technique which trains clients to look within to regulate emotions. This internal focus makes them feel far more powerful than blaming their internal experience on loved ones. Clients learn to identify, validate, and change the core vulnerable feelings that trigger anger. (US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice program report and/or Statistical evaluation of 285 court-ordered participants available upon request)
Family Guidance Center’s Personalized Parenting Program
We at the Family Guidance Center understand that parenting is not a ‘one-size fits all’ proposition, but many parenting classes are and they may never touch on the individual need of specific clients. As a result we offer personalized parenting classes to meet the needs of parents and their circumstances or the issues that created a need for additional guidance. The Personalized Parenting Program ranges from 3-6 classes depending on the need, including an intake session. Classes are 60-90 minutes.
Our Personalized Parenting Program provides a core curriculum to address fundamental issues and then caters that information to meet the needs of the parent’s situation. In addition, the program addresses their child’s current developmental stage and concerns to prepare for future stages. Our program uses a trauma-informed and brain-based approach to create a foundation to help parents understand the psychological inter-dependent relationship they have with their children. Upon completion of their classes, parents receive online resources with easy access to ongoing information and parenting support.
Individual issues are addressed as well and may include: developmental disabilities and accommodations; domestic violence prevention and safety considerations; child abuse (and child sexual abuse) prevention; parentage, co-parenting and parenting plans for unmarried parents; trauma, victimization and resilience for parents and children; discipline strategies; childcare management; community resources and referrals.