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Reference Point: A Client Art Story

 “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”– AristotleEvery year, The Guidance Center hosts a private Client Art Exhibit for our clients and their family members as a way to showcase our client’s artistic...

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Reflections on My Trauma-Informed Journey

Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, clinical therapist and developer and lead of It's About T.I.M.E., traveled to Canada last week to attend and present at ChildTrauma Academy's 3rd International Neurosequential Model Symposium. He shares his experiences in this week's blog post....

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Program Update: Goodbye to Beach

  About this time, two years ago, I nervously sat across a rectangular table at Beach High School from principal Troy Bennett and three of his right-hand-women: the assistant principal, the school counselor, and a teacher trained in CCEJ’s Restorative Justice...

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Client Success Story: An Unexpected Collaboration

“Where can I possibly find a spider without buying it forever? I know I’m not going around digging under rocks during my lunch break.” These are the things you think about when you are a child therapist and it’s the end of your day and your mind is drifting from one...

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Summer Self-Care

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and the school year is coming to an end. Summer is almost here! As a parent or caregiver, you’ve worked hard all year long to support your children in and outside of school. The end of the school year and change...

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Discover the Superhero Within: Meet Samantha

Meet Samantha, a client in our Intensive Services Program at our Long Beach Clinic. She’s the last of four clients that we are honored to feature during May Mental Health Month. Samantha struggled with severe depression and bullying, but with support, she’s realized...

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Discover the Superhero Within – Meet Wendy

Meet Wendy, a client in The Guidance Center's CalWORKS program in Long Beach. She’s the third of four clients that we are honored to feature during May Mental Health Month. The stress of bravely escaping domestic violence triggered a previously unknown mental illness...

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Discover the Superhero Within – Meet Jason

Meet Jason, a former client at our Compton Clinic. He’s the second of four clients that we are honored to feature during May Mental Health Month. Jason has already experienced heartbreaking tragedy and challenges in his young life. But no matter how many times he’s...

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Discover the Superhero Within – Meet Karen

  Meet Karen, a client in our Long Beach Intensive Services program. She’s the first of four clients that we are honored to feature during May Mental Health Month. This is her inspiring letter of overcoming obstacles and discovering the superhero within. Since...

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Discover the Superhero Within

The world is full of villains, like stigma or symptoms of mental illnesses or trauma. In fact, 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness. However, these numbers only reflect the children who have received help and have been diagnosed.Many...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Gets Ready to Celebrate Two Years

 Now that Spring Break is over, the end of the school year is drawing nearer, which means that our It’s About T.I.M.E. program will soon celebrate two full years of partnering with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). Isn’t it incredible how time...

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Answering Frequently Asked Questions about Child Therapy

As a parent or caregiver, you’ve come to The Guidance Center for help with your child and family, but you have questions. We totally understand! The questions you may have are often ones that other parents or caregivers have asked us, too, and we’re more than happy to...

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Talking Helps After Crisis

One month has passed since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the weeks since, we’ve heard threats of violence reported at our Long Beach schools and in numerous nearby communities.When I heard the news about the latest shooting, as a...

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Celebrating our Social Workers

so·cial work·erˈsōSHəl ˈwərkər (noun)a person dedicated to enhancing the well-being of others and meeting the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in our societyMarch is National Social Worker Month so we're taking the opportunity to...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Partners with Head Start

My decade-plus tenure as a clinician at The Guidance Center has provided me with the privilege of being with hundreds of children of all ages. Notice the choice of word, “being” rather than the word “working”. In my opinion, and experience, therapeutic healing comes...

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Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, The Guidance Center would like to recognize several of the leaders who serve as activists for the importance of mental health. Communities of color, including children, experience unique obstacles in accessing mental health care...

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Join the Fight to End Human Trafficking

Andrea is 11 years old. She loves drawing and walking to the park with her friends. She’s tall for her age, and struggles to fit in with her foster siblings. She’s desperately lonely at home. She finds her escape at school but often gets distracted dreaming about what...

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