Navigating the IEP Process, Pt 1: Let’s Get This Party Started

When I am getting to know a family for the first time, I will invariably ask the question “does your child have an IEP?” and they will almost always give me one of two answers: “What’s an IEP?” or “Ugh,

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Meet our New Chief Clinical Officer

Meet Alyssa Bray, MA, LMFT. She joins The Guidance Center as the newly appointed Chief Clinical Officer. We’re thrilled to have Alyssa on our executive team. Her passion for helping children and their families and her experience in doing just

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Client Success Story: A Successful Family Outing

During the summer months when school is out of session, clinical staff who regularly meet with their clients on school campuses instead meet with them at their homes, local parks, libraries or coffee shops to ensure that all clients continue

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month + Upcoming Community Events

In honor of July being Minority Mental Health Month, we’re standing with organizations like Mental Health America and proclaiming that mental illness is #NotACharacterFlaw. Mental health stigma is unfortunately prevalent throughout the world. That stigma can look and sound different in every community. Myths and

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5 Senses of Summer: Tips to Help Parents & Kids Stress Less

In talking with parents lately, I’ve noticed that the reference of “here comes the summer” can either bring a calming sensation with the relief of non-strict school bell and drop off schedules, or it can bring an overwhelming stress of

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Meet our Donors: Children’s Benefit League

There’s a sisterhood in Long Beach dedicated to helping medically needy children and supporting their families who are struggling. Since 1946, they have raised over $1.7 million. And in just last year alone, they collectively raised $76,000. All with the

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Stand Up for Mental Health, and Save a Life

When I was a kid, people would whisper the word “cancer.” Now, professional football players are wearing pink cleats on national television in support of finding a cure. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. We cry

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6th Annual Client Art Exhibit – Celebrating Diversity Through Art

“A messenger between the conscious and the unconscious, art reaches the silence of our hearts when words fail. It is an agent of transformation, a medium for healing.”  – Ana Zuanic, MFT Intern at The Guidance Center Last Wednesday, we

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Documentary Screening + May Mental Health Month

 This past Wednesday, April 26, we hosted the first public screening of our original documentary film, The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community. And what an inspiring evening it was! More than 175 community members filled the Art Theatre in

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Meet Our Donors: Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation

Chris and Larry Laulhere of The Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation are longtime Guidance Center supporters who have made a tremendous impact for our children. The proof is on the door of one of our Play Therapy Rooms named for their

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