To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, all of our Clinical services, including Therapy services, Psychological services, Psychiatric services and our Walk-In Clinic, are currently being offered via Tele-therapy only. All of our clinical services are offered in English and Spanish. A language line for additional language needs can be made available upon request.
Austin Child Guidance Center is not a crisis or critical care center. If your child is actively suicidal or experiencing a serious crisis, please call 911 or take them to the nearest hospital.
Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) was one of the first agencies in Central Texas to become trauma-informed. The definition of trauma informed for a professional entity is “when every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services. Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization.” The principal tenants of trauma-informed care are safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice, empowerment, and cultural inclusivity.
In addition to providing universal screenings for trauma, ACGC prioritizes an inclusive and welcoming environment for all families so that they can begin the healing process.
Evidenced-based Treatments for Trauma:
ACGC is among the few organizations in Central Texas that offers certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Child & Family Traumatic Stress Invention (CFTSI). This is a 5-8 session early intervention that reduces the onset of PTSD. Our clinical team is trained on interventions such as parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and other treatments that focus specifically on addressing a family's needs.
Families have multiple options for working with ACGC.
In person services are currently paused due to COVID-19. All current programs and events are offered online until the building reopens as we can resume in-person care. Once the building re-opens, clients will have the option to continue care using the online platform or scheduling in-person appointments.
Parents and caregivers can complete the intake process in person or via a secure teletherapy platform, as well as participate in individual or family therapy, group sessions, appointments with our Psychiatric staff, or community education programs and workshops.
We are HIPAA Compliant.