Our Family Counseling Program provides mental health services to children, youth, adults and families, in individual, family and community settings. We utilize a strengths-based, family-centered approach and an array of strategies to support our clients in achieving their goals.

We collaborate with important people in clients’ lives (family members, teachers, case workers, doctors, friends) in order to strengthen support that “wraps around” the client and fosters long term success.  Some of our therapy clients receive psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring on-site.  Our therapists employ a number of approaches with children, including Play Therapy.  Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate research-based method for treating children.

Services Offered:

Individual, couples, and family counseling We provide mental health treatment to children, youth, adults and families who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  We work with such issues as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, ADD/ADHD, divorce and separations as well as other family disruptions and transitions.  We use a strengths-based approach and strive to tailor our services to the particular strengths and needs of each of our clients.
Infant Mental Health (IMH) We provide relationship-focused interventions to parents, foster parents, or other primary caregivers with children ages birth through five years old.  Children and parents often need help recovering from the effects of early trauma, loss, family conflict, addiction, abuse and stress. Sometimes parenting is not what parents expect it to be, or other challenges like depression or anxiety, and sleep or feeding challenges can make caring for a new baby difficult. All of these things can greatly impact the development of the child and the parent-child relationship.  A key goal in our IMH work is a more satisfying relationship between the caregiver and child. The treatment models used at CHS are evidence-based and include Promoting First Relationships and the Child-Parent Psychotherapy model for working with trauma. We believe when parents are nurtured and supported themselves, they are better able to meet the needs of their children.
Juvenile Intervention Program (JIP) For youth who have committed a first offense. Youth referred to this program receive a comprehensive family assessment and are provided appropriate referrals for additional services, if needed. If the family complies, the youth will not be adjudicated for the offense. Referrals must come from the City of Lake Forest Park Police Department or the Shoreline Police Department. Other referral requirements apply.