Stevens Point Community Services

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Our services

At our Stevens Point Community Services location, we offer:

  • Child and Family Counseling
  • Parenting Classes

Child and family counseling

Stevens Point Community Services

Our therapists have extensive experience working with children, parents and families, including those involved in the child well-being system. Individual and family counseling is available for children, adolescents and families who need help with:

  • Physical or sexual abuse, neglect or other trauma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems due to divorce, separation, remarriage or the death of a loved one
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Pre- and post-adoption transition
  • Anger management issues
  • Academic or behavioral problems at school

FAQs

How do I get counseling for my child?
Call the Stevens Point office at (715) 341-6672 and someone will be happy to help you.

My family and friends tell me that I need counseling for my child but I don't think my child needs it. What should I do?
We are available to help you sort through the challenge of balancing what other people are telling you and your own experience with your child. We will want to know your child's strengths, which is what you are seeing. If we believe counseling can help, they will tell you how and what to expect when you engage in counseling at Children's.

Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?
Yes, please bring:

What are the costs?
Children's Community Services Child and Family Counseling is a United Way funded program. As such, no one is turned away because of inability to pay. Our Fee Agreement provides a complete list of costs for counseling. We are a state certified clinic, accepting many insurance plans and medical assistance. We offer financial assistance for those who do not have insurance coverage.

What ages of children do you serve?
If you are asking for help with your child, we will help you. The focus of counseling will vary, depending on the age of your child. For instance, a two year old child will have extensive parent involvement while a 17 year old may have less parental involvement. Our therapists will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan that takes into account your child's age and development.

What is a Treatment Plan?
A Treatment Plan is the plan you develop with Gretchen, Mary or Nick that clearly identifies goals and a time frame to meet those goals. You will have a chance to review it every 90 days to help see progress toward meeting those goals.

Does anyone else know what I talk about in counseling?
Client confidentiality is maintained throughout counseling and after counseling ends. We cannot talk with anyone about you without your signed consent. If children share information with us that indicates they are in danger either physically, sexually or emotionally, we are required by law to report it. Our goal is to keep your children safe. If appropriate, you will be included in this process so you can help your child stay safe.

What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing is an extensively researched, effective form of treatment designed to help people recover from trauma. Gretchen has been trained in EMDR. If she thinks you or your child might benefit from EMDR, she will talk with you about how this intervention could be used in counseling and how it can help you.

What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is used to help children share their experiences and express their feelings in the manner that is most natural for them--play. Play therapy can also help children heal and learn better ways to understand and interact with their world. Our therapists can share more information with you as you develop your child's Treatment Plan.

Parenting classes


We offer weekly parenting classes for Portage County parents.

Pathways to Parenting: A 10-session parenting class for families with children from birth to 12 years. The class, as well as childcare for parents attending the class, is free. Daytime and evening classes are conducted on an ongoing basis.

Parents and Teens Connecting: A 12-session class parents and their teens attend together. The evening class is offered free of charge on an ongoing basis.

Email nicole.tank@cssw.org for more information or to register for class.