• “I am a returning client and am proud to say that whenever my child starts therapy things start to get better. That makes a world of difference in families.” - ACGC Client

For over 65 years, Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) has served the children and families of central Texas. Parents / guardians are a critical component of family therapy, and ACGC works with children in the context of their families. ACGC provides individual, family, and group therapy; psychological assessments; psychiatric evaluations; and workshops for parents and the community. 

Hours of Operation

We are open five days a week and our hours of operation for appointments are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. 

ACGC’s Walk-In Clinic operates on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  No appointment is necessary for a Walk-In session. 

How to Contact

Call The Center at (512) 454-2242 to speak with a bilingual English/Spanish staff person.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does Austin Child Guidance Center provide?

Individual, family and group counseling for children; youth, adolescents and their family members; in-depth psychological assessments; psychiatric services (for children in therapy at the center); parent workshops; and trainings, for full details visit our Services page. 

What is the cost and what are the payment options?

Please see Payment for Services

How do I make an appointment?

Call the Intake Specialist at 512-451-2242.  The Intake Specialist will gather the necessary information to determine if ACGC services are appropriate for your family’s needs.  Be advised that an initial request for service phone conversation typically lasts 10-20 minutes.

What if no appointments are available?

ACGC does not keep a waitlist for therapy services.  ACGC has a weekly, no appointment needed Walk-In clinic every Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Call (512) 451-2242 for more information.  ACGC uses a waitlists for psychological assessments. 

Is childcare available?

As much as possible, ACGC strives to provide trained volunteers in the waiting area to positively interact with waiting children.  When available, these volunteers can supervise your children while you speak to a therapist, however, please do not leave the building grounds while your children are on site.  If your child’s behavior becomes disruptive or dangerous, you will be asked to return to your child.  If your child is here for group therapy, please accompany him/her into the building and remain on site, as the therapist may need to speak with you.

Where is ACGC located?

ACGC is located centrally at 45th and Lamar, and is on 5, 338 and 803 Capital Metro bus lines; buses 1 and 801 are about ¼ mile away.  The agency recognizes that many families have difficulty accessing our central location, and has many projects out in the community.  Contact the Intake Specialist at (512) 451-2242 for more information.