The Trumbull Counseling Center, 121 Old Mine Road, 203-261-5110, can offer counseling and referrals to young people and their families. The Counseling Center is staffed by two licensed marriage and family therapists. Typical counseling goals include family interventions to address childhood attention deficit and behavior issues, parent-child conflicts, adolescent concerns, juvenile court referrals, domestic violence, divorce issues, and individual or family psychotherapy.

When working with children, staff counselors strive to develop a team approach to treatment, coordinating the services of parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and doctors, as needed. Confidentiality is strictly enforced according to the wishes of clients or parents. Services can also be coordinated with outpatient hospital aftercare. Counseling staff is available to community groups as guest speakers and for crisis counseling. Community service information and referral advice is available by phone. Counseling services can be arranged simply by calling for an appointment. Modest fees are based on each family’s ability to pay. There is no charge for the first appointment.

The Pastoral Counseling Center of Trumbull, 1734 Huntington Tpke., is a subsidiary of Trinity Episcopal Church. The center offers a partnership with individuals and/or families in understanding and resolving life and relational issues. A confidential, safe space is provided for examining, reflecting upon, and working through feelings and difficulties. Counselors undergo intensive post-masters training that include personal psychotherapy to explore their own life stories, four years of course work focused on skills for healing and growth, and supervised work with clients to integrate academic learning with insight and self-awareness. 

Kids in Crisis is an organization that offers preventive services and immediate intervention for children in crisis. It is a United Way agency, licensed by the Department of Children and Families, that provides both crisis counseling and a short-term residential shelter for children of all ages. Support and counseling is available free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For information, call 327-KIDS or visit online at kidsincrisis.org

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, 196 Greyrock Place, Stamford (203-324-6127/childguidancect.org) is a nonprofit mental health resource for area children and families, receiving referrals from schools, courts, human service agencies, and private physicians. Self-referrals are also encouraged. 

The center also offers an Emergency Mobile Crisis Service, providing immediate mental health assessments and stabilization services for children and adolescents experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms or severe reactions to a recent traumatic event. The service is available 24/7. Call the hotline at 203-323-9797 or 888-825-6777.