Therapy for adults, adolescents, and children is tailored to address their very specific needs. Individualized care includes a structured treatment plan that identifies social, psychological and behavioral goals.
Children and Adolescents
TLG specializes in treating children and adolescents who are in the custody of Children’s Protective Services, Juvenile Probation and/or the Texas Youth Commission. We have a wealth of experience in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Residential Treatment Centers (RTC) for children and adolescents, as well as, transitional living for young adults who are learning to live independently upon discharge from either an RTC or foster placement.
Our professionals provide quality outpatient treatment programs that help families and children stabilize circumstances in their lives by addressing social, adjustment, emotional, and familial issues. Married and/or engaged couples, single parents, blended families, children, etc., benefit greatly from family counseling.
Group treatment is effective in dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. Sessions involve as few as two or as many as ten clients of the same general age range who are dealing with similar issues appropriate for group counseling.
We are not equipped to handle emergencies after business hours and instruct our clients to dial “9-1-1” for emergency assistance. Clients needing immediate psychiatric intervention are encouraged to call the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority Neuro Psychiatric Center at713-970-7070. This helpline is available 24 hours a day for questions or support.
We provide clients with a comfortable and safe environment.
Prior to meeting with a counselor, clients are informed of their rights and state and federal guidelines protecting their privacy.
We invite and encourage all questions regarding confidentiality.
Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Texas are bound by the TexasAdministrative Code, Chapter 681 and the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611. In accordance with these rules, information obtained in the counseling session or in written form will not be disclosed to any outside person(s) or agency without your written permission except when such disclosure is necessary to “protect you or someone else from imminent harm” or is otherwise legally required and/or allowed by law (such as abuse of a child, elder, or disabled person or court order).
If you are under 18, your parents or legal guardian(s) may have access to your records and may authorize release to other parties. Furthermore, if you desire a third-party insurance provider to pay for all or part of your treatment, TLG be able to discuss your diagnosis and treatment.
Depression in Childeren & Adolescents
According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill about 2% of school-aged children (i.e. children 6-12 years of age) appear to have a major depression at any one time. With puberty, the rate of depression increase to about 4% major depression overall. With adolescence, girls, for the first time, have a higher rate of depression than boys. This greater risk for depression in women persists for the rest of life. Depression is diagnosable before school age (e.g. ages 2-5) where it is somewhat more rare but definitely occurs. Overall, approximately 20% of youth will have one or more episodes of major depression by the time they become adults.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance states that Bipolar disorder is more likely to affect the children of parents who have the disorder. When one parent has bipolar disorder, the risk to each child is estimated to be 15-30%. When both parents have bipolar disorder, the risk increases to 50-75%.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, up to one-third of the 3.4 million children and adolescents with depression in the United States may actually be experiencing the early onset of bipolar disorder.
Reported in a study on Treatment for Adolescents with Depression, about 4% of teenagers have major depressive disorder (MDD) at any one time. Among teens, girls are more often affected than boys. MDD frequently interferes with home, school and family life, including causing a lot of family stress. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers, with about half of these associated with depression. This makes depression a common and serious illness that is important to identify and treat early in the course of the disease. To understand which treatments work best for which depressed teenagers, TADS is comparing different treatments for major depression in teens, with the goal of improving the treatment and outcomes of young persons with this disorder.