Individual and Family Therapy
Staff at Austin Child Guidance Center use a family systems model, which views the child not in isolation, but rather as a part of the family system where each member has a role and influence on every other member. Using this perspective, staff work with the child and family by introducing them to a wide range of cognitive behavioral interventions such as offering alternative ways of viewing the situation, introducing relaxation techniques, suggesting positive ways to reframe an issue, and presenting behavior modification techniques such as a reward system.
In order to help you and your family, therapists will work with your system to establish goals and action steps. Together you decide things you would like to work on changing, ways to achieve these changes, and a suggested time frame for achievement. Because we are interested in helping you and your child receive positive results as quickly as possible, we use a brief solution oriented focus, meaning the emphasis is on developing and finding workable solutions as opposed to spending an inordinate amount of time on why the problem developed in the first place. With hard work, the majority of families complete the intensive family and individual portion of treatment in less than three months. Individual and family therapy costs $100/hour and a sliding fee scale is available. ACGC is able to accept most forms of insurance, including Medicare, CHIP, Blue Cross / Blue Shield and United. Staff will check insurance eligibility during the initial intake.
Austin Child Guidance Center also offers walk-in therapy services for children and families once per week, on Fridays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Walk-In Therapy Services page for more information.