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HOW TO: Keep Kids Busy in the Summer

      Every summer there is a sense of panic for most parents which usually sounds like, “What am I going to do with my kids?!” Rather than thinking of summer as stressful, planning ahead can make summer an enjoyable time to connect as a family. The...

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PTSD Awareness Month: Hope and a Call to Action

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed (exposed to) a traumatic event or events such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Ezequiel

    Meet Ezequiel, a former client of our School Based Program. Ezequiel wrote and illustrated a story about his therapeutic journey and how he learned to manage his emotions and thoughts.

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Kayla

    Meet Kayla, a client at our Long Beach Outpatient clinic. Upon entering therapy, Kayla struggled to manage her intrusive thoughts, excessive worrying and daily stomachaches. Months later, she has learned new ways to manage her stress and endure the...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Michelle

    Meet Michelle, a former client of The Whole Child Program. She’s the third of five clients we are honored to feature and celebrate her courage during May Mental Health Month. Brittany, Michelle’s therapist, reflected on Michelle’s journey, resiliency,...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Cecilia

    Meet Cecilia, a former client of our San Pedro clinic. She’s the second of five clients we are honored to feature and celebrate her courage during May Mental Health Month. Priscilla, Cecilia’s therapist, reflected on Cecilia’s journey, resiliency, and...

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Let Courage Rise – Meet Rafael

    Meet Rafael, a former client of our Compton clinic. He’s the first of five clients that we are honored to feature and celebrate their courage during May Mental Health Month. Rafael struggled with feelings of sadness and depression – feelings he described...

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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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