Due to the Stage 5 Covid-19 health risk in Austin Travis County, ACGC will reopen our building for in-person services on October 12th. Teletherapy will continue to be offered.

Our Location
810 W. 45th Street Austin, TX 78751

Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday — 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday — 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thrive Podcast

 THRIVE: Building Resilient Families.

Created to normalize the challenges of raising children, this short 20-minute podcast features meaningful conversations, tips and resources with parents and professionals dedicated to helping children of all ages thrive in childhood and beyond. 

Tune in every other Thursday for the latest episode available through Austin Child Guidance Center, as well as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

September 16, 2021

Ep. 9: Piece by Piece: The Importance of Family Therapy

In this episode Scott Van Camp, LMSW, Director of Therapy Services at ACGC talks with Kristen about the role of family therapy in children’s mental health care. He underscores the importance of trust between therapist and family, and likens inter-family counseling to assembling a puzzle. Additionally, Van Camp compares individual therapy to family therapy, highlighting the differences and benefits of each.  

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September 2, 2021

Ep. 8: Nightmares and Tummy Aches: Today's Stressors for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children. 

In this episode, we speak with Tameka Thompson, LPC about her work as ACGC's Infant and Early Childhood Therapist. Join us as we discuss which factors catalyze stress for kids today, how such stress and anxiety presents itself, and what caregivers can do to best help their infants, toddlers, and young children.

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August 19, 2021

Ep. 7: Helping Your Student Stay Safe for the New School Year: Manor ISD's Plan of Care

In this episode, we speak with Michael Perkins, chief of schools for Manor ISD, about the upcoming school year amidst another pandemic-affected year. Join us as we discuss Michael's role, concerns for the new school year as the delta variant surges, and how Manor ISD, and other school districts, will work with the community to ensure the physical and mental well-being of your children.

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August 5, 2021

Ep. 6:  Keep Calm and Parent On

It's important for parents to practice self-care and mindfulness in order to remain calm and be able to navigate the day-to-day challenges of parenthood. Celeste the Therapist joins us this week to discuss parenting tips and the importance of listening to your child, even if you don't always understand them.

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July 22, 2021

Ep. 5: Helping Your Child Establish a Positive Relationship with Food and Their Body

Given the extensive amount of attention placed on body size and dieting in our society, we spend time talking to Dr. Ebony about one's relationship with food and their bodies. Join us as talk about helping children recover from the pressures of a diet culture while empowering them to develop a healthy relationship with food.

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July 8, 2021

Ep. 4 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Why it Matters

In today's episode, Kristen Pierce-Vreeke talks with Sheri Rider Jobe about her experience as an educator and a parent. Jobe has dedicated more than twenty years of her career in education in key leadership positions and a passionate advocate for the inclusion and representation of ESL students in our schools.

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Additional Information:

Resource Guide For Working With ESL Students

NASP: Understanding Race and Privilege

Racial Equity Tools

June 24, 2021

Ep. 3: HIV and AIDS: Helping Your LGBTQIA+ Child Stay Safe

On this episode, we speak with the Director of Case Management at Vivent Health to discuss the shift in conversation surrounding HIV and AIDS and how LGBTQ youth can stay safe and protected. 

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June 10, 2021

Ep. 2: What are the benefits of therapy for children and adolescents?

On this episode, we speak with the director of therapy services at ACGC about what therapy is and the benefits that both you and your child can receive from counseling services. 

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Note: If your child is in immediate danger call 911 or the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.

Additional information:

Learn About Children’s Mental Health

Guide to Mental Health Specialists

Parent’s Guide to Good Care

May 27, 2021

Ep. 1: Raising a Trans Child: The Realities and The Rewards

On this episode, we speak with the mother of a transgender child about the unique challenges and rewards that come with parenting a transgender child strategies for other parents whose families may be facing similar journeys.

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