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What is Autism?

  No child learns or develops new skills in exactly the same way as another child. Some children walk earlier, talk later, or sleep through the night faster than others, and that is all part of being a kid! However, when a child takes a very long time to develop...

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Keep Calm: Tips for Temper Tantrums

The amount of tempter tantrums that can occur in one day at any preschool is unpredictable. As a mental health therapist, the questions that I sometimes am asked are: “How do we deal with a tantrum?” “What can we do to prevent a tantrum?” “How can we stop the tantrum...

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Strengthening Families Together

  Parenting itself can oftentimes be an overwhelming task. Parents want the best for their children. When met with added stressors, however, a parent might not be in a state of mind to make the healthiest choices for their children and, at times, unintentionally...

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Donor Profile: Steve Brosnac, Artist

There is a captivating acrylic painting hanging in the hallway of our Long Beach Headquarters to inspire clients and staff alike. The subject of the painting is easily recognizable – it’s the Statue of Liberty – but with a meaningful twist. Lady Liberty has...

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What It Means to be a Social Worker

  As social workers, I feel we serve a unique role as agents of change from micro to macro levels. We serve as a bridge, gardener and first responder, among many other roles. In these capacities, we support individuals, families and communities, collectively...

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5 Ways to Care for Your Child’s Mental Health

  With the conversation of mental health becoming more common, information can quickly turn overwhelming. So let’s keep this simple, following are 5 ways you can daily care for your children’s mental health. Quality Time Let’s start with quality time, with life...

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Client Success Story: Jazzy

  It is my pleasure to share with you a story of a client who started off at The Guidance Center at the tender age of 2 years old. Shy and reserved, Jazzy walked into her new therapist’s office a little uncertain because she had first met with a different...

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Play Therapy: 5 Reasons Why It’s So Effective

  “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” by Fred Rogers. As this quote from the iconic “Mr. Rogers” reminds us, it has not been long in our...

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Client Success Story: Veronica and Jessica

  Veronica was just two years old when she was referred to The Guidance Center for therapy. She had been removed from her mother and placed in foster care due to allegations of neglect. Veronica was malnourished, and her previous living environment was deemed...

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Signs Your Child Might Benefit from Mental Health Support

Para mirar el articulo en Español favor de continuar mas abajo de la pajina. Mental health is a topic that has stirred up more conversation over the past couple of years. Within these conversations and surrounding events in our world and communities, there are common...

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Tips for Manifesting Your New Year Resolutions

This blog post first appeared on Long Beach Post. Bravo! You’ve made resolutions and identified goals for 2019. You’re resolved and ready to act, but your journey is best begun with the correct frame of mind. To settle your mind, try manifesting. “When one manifests...

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Hope for the Holidays

“Together we can change the world, one small act of kindness at a time.” - Ron Hall The holidays for our families can be especially difficult. Our families come from all different backgrounds and face complicated hardships. The Adopt-A-Family program helps change...

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Annual Client Holiday Party

The first week of December at The Guidance Center is a magical time. Staff take on the role of Santa’s elves and transform our Long Beach headquarters into a winter wonderland for our Annual Client Holiday Party. A fresh tree was delivered and delightfully trimmed...

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Happy Thanksgiving + Thank You Food Finders!

We’re heading out to celebrate Thanksgiving incredibly grateful because you provided… Mental health support for a child, who struggles with the loss of a loved one, that helped him cope and experience healing Play therapy tools that encouraged and allowed a young...

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