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Tips for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

Tips for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are hard to overcome under any circumstance, so when there is a global pandemic, their impact can be so much greater and even harder to manage. How do we communicate our feelings when we're told not to leave our homes? How do we get fresh air...

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An Inspiring Message from our CEO

An Inspiring Message from our CEO

Our CEO, Patricia Costales, LCSW shares this inspiring message to our clients, staff and our community. A lot of us may have a mixture of emotions as we navigate through this challenge time. In this video, Tricia addresses those emotions and offers her sympathy as...

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Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We understand this is a very challenging time for so many. And if this is hard for adults, then we know this must be harder for our children. In light of this, we put together simple tips to help parents talk to their kids about Coronavirus and the pandemic that has...

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Helpful Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Helpful Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

As we continue each day in our new routines under the “Stay At Home” order, it can be very easy to feel anxious or to let loneliness or sadness consume us. At The Guidance Center, we want to let our clients, and you, know we are still here, and we can help. We want to...

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It’s Social Worker Month!

It’s Social Worker Month!

In honor of Social Worker Month this March, we want to recognize the strong, hardworking and caring social workers at The Guidance Center. These women and men dedicate themselves to their therapy practice and are there to be a listening ear, a helping hand and a...

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The Therapeutic Power of Play in Healing Trauma

The Therapeutic Power of Play in Healing Trauma

Halfway through the fourth year of It’s About T.I.M.E., it is important to remind ourselves that change takes time (pun intended). Healing brains, wired for survival rather than educational and social-emotional success, require patterned and repetitive experiences of...

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Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms and Seeking Help

Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms and Seeking Help

The Guidance Center is shining a spotlight on eating disorders in this month’s blog as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It is our hope that by joining this conversation, we can raise awareness, dispel myths and misunderstandings and promote compassion...

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New Training: Mental Health First Aid Instructor

New Training: Mental Health First Aid Instructor

We are excited to announce a new Privately Hosted Instructor Training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training will prepare individuals to become certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors. Instructors are required to teach the Youth Mental Health...

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How Allison Shielded her Heart by Speaking her Mind

How Allison Shielded her Heart by Speaking her Mind

It's National Play Therapy Week!In honor of this, clinical therapist Megan Bunting shares a beautiful story of how play therapy helped a young girl find her voice. Allison experienced her first great loss when, at eight-years-old, her dad moved out of their home one...

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Fight to End Human Trafficking

Fight to End Human Trafficking

"If everybody had a perfect childhood…the world would be a nearly perfect place. And by 'perfect' I don't mean something you see on an old sit-com. A perfect childhood simply means experiencing unconditional love, having your basic needs met and having equal...

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Adopt-A-Family Tribute 2019

Adopt-A-Family Tribute 2019

Please enjoy our Tribute Book for Adopt-A-Family 2019 A big thank you to everyone who participates in this program and makes it possible for us to help our clients in this way year after year.  

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Year in Review – A Letter from Our CEO

Year in Review – A Letter from Our CEO

As I look back on the year 2019, I see a year filled with hope. Hope in our clinicians who showed our clients they are not alone and together they overcame many hardships. Hope in our donors who selflessly supported our mission because they have seen firsthand the...

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

“"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." - Maya Angelou This holiday season, The Guidance Center received an overwhelming amount of love and cheer as 89 community members and local business made the holidays bright for 90 of our client...

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Annual Client Holiday Party 2019

Annual Client Holiday Party 2019

It was a celebration to remember! With bright blue snowflakes, shiny and sparkly garland and a fresh tree adorned with silver and white ornaments, our lobby was transformed into a winter wonderland for our Annual Client Holiday Party. More than two hundred children...

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Happy Thanksgiving + Thank You Food Finders!

Happy Thanksgiving + Thank You Food Finders!

This season of thankfulness has been an amazing time. As an agency, a team of dedicated professionals and friend to the community, we hope we have shown how much we appreciate all of you. Our supporters, donors, staff and clients make the work we do possible and we...

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A Season of Thankfulness – Grami’s Gift

A Season of Thankfulness – Grami’s Gift

This November 20, I celebrated my fortieth birthday. Only this year, something was missing; something I usually dreaded, but now in hindsight, utterly took for granted. Every year on my birthday, I’d inevitably receive a phone call with the caller-ID, “Grami.” I knew...

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