Comprehensive Mental Health Services
About the Services
We offer a broad array of services, from prevention, to early intervention, to treating more serious chronic illnesses, to ensure disadvantaged children, teens and families in our communities have the help they need to be happy and healthy.
We are dedicated to helping each child build on his or her own strengths so that they can have a successful and brighter future.
Individual, Group, and Family Therapy | Crisis Intervention | Case Management | Community Education and Outreach
The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health services to children, teens, and families who are struggling with a variety of challenges, including trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and ADHD.
These services are individualized to each client and family, provided within a strength-based framework, and coordinated with other social service agencies.
Therapists meet with the child and family wherever they are at to increase the child’s ability to function at school, in the home, and in their community.
Our School Based therapists work closely with school counselors and administrators to identify and support students who are not reaching their academic and socio-emotional potential due to unmet mental health needs. Therapy sessions are held primarily on school campuses.
School Based services are provided at more than 60 schools within the Long Beach Unified, Lynwood, Paramount and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.
The Guidance Center’s CalWORKS program helps unemployed adults, who are caregivers of minors, reduce their mental health barriers to employment and increase self-sufficiency. This program offers assessment, mental health treatment, and supported employment for families on public assistance. This program is by referral only.
Family Preservation is a short-term, family-focused and community-based program designed to help families who are risk of out of home placement cope with significant stresses or problems that interfere with their ability to nurture their children. The goal of Family Preservation services is to keep children with their families, or to reunify them, whenever it can be done safely.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT helps strengthen the parent-child relationship by providing on-the-spot parental coaching for children ages 2-8. This unique model of treatment allows parents the opportunity to learn, practice, and master specific parenting skills to address and reduce difficult-to-manage behaviors. It also builds social and emotional skills for the child such as sharing, taking turns, communication, impulse control, and frustration tolerance.
Our child psychiatrists provide psychological testing and assessment for children whose symptoms are not clearly defined or, in some cases, to rule out learning disabilities, in addition to medication monitoring. This service is provided to existing clients.
Specialized Treatment for Ages 0-5
Therapists work closely with children who have experienced trauma and their caregivers on attachment, developmental milestones, and trauma recovery so that they can have a healthier start in life.