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The counselors at the Family Life Center are clinicians-in-training, supervised by licensed University faculty.

All counselors speak English; some speak Spanish.

The counselors at the Family Life Center are trained to provide services to children, adolescents, and adults.

General services:

  • Low-cost counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Marriage counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Neurofeedback training

For adults:

  • Couple relationship problems
  • Premarital counseling
  • Communication skills
  • Divorce recovery
  • Depression
  • Career planning
  • Managing stress
  • Grief

For children and adolescents:

  • Parenting challenges
  • Family conflict
  • Behavior problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Peer relationships
  • School challenge
  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity

Play Therapy

Play is a natural way for children to learn from and communicate with adults. Research has shown that play is an essential part of child development. Through play, children can learn creativity, self-control, emotional expression and social skills.

There are many different therapeutic treatment modalities for children referred to as play therapy that are utilized by family therapists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals.

All of these methods use play as a way of engaging children in the therapeutic process.

Also, because children learn and process experiences through play, play therapy is used to communicate with children and help them with a variety of issues.

You can view an informational video about play therapy on YouTube for more information.

Schedule an appointment over the phone by calling Family Life Center or online here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Appointments can usually be scheduled within a week.

All sessions are conducted in the Family Life Center near St. Mary’s University.

In order to accommodate the needs of clients with limited resources, the Family Life Center offers high-quality services on a sliding scale based on a client’s household income and personal financial situation.

Fees are determined when a client’s first therapy session is scheduled.

Monday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sunday: CLOSED
Family Life Center
(210) 438-6411
Melanie Harper, PhD Send email
(210) 438-6400
Updated within the last 2 months.