As parents, we hurt when our child hurts. Children and adolescents can be especially vulnerable during times of crisis. In fact, research shows that one in five children ages 9-17 struggles with a mental health disorder. Left untreated, these disorders can lead to higher rates of suicide, violence, school dropout, substance abuse and more.
The Samaritan Counseling Center has therapists on staff who specialize in addressing the mental and emotional health needs of children as young as four years of age through 18. Whether your child suffers from behavioral problems, grief, trauma, anger, depression, low self-esteem, self-injury, an eating disorder or any number of emotional/mental health issues, we can help.
We recognize there are families who do not have the financial means to pay for counseling for their children. Consequently, Samaritan maintains a Youth Fund to help subsidize service fees for children and families in financial need. You may qualify for this Fund based on your household income and family size.
If a child is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must call to arrange for counseling. If you are divorced, there may be instances when both parents may need to sign a release. Please discuss with your Samaritan therapist; he or she will be able to advise you.
Samaritan therapists are licensed professionals who have earned at least one Master’s degree, are trained and experienced in best practices in the field, and engage in ongoing education. Moreover, they provide Christian counseling and faith-based counseling in general within the context of your religious beliefs without attempting to impose a particular faith doctrine. Call 412.741.7430 or start here to make an appointment. Download the Minor Child Info Form.