Who We Are

About Us

Clarity Child Guidance Center exists to transform the lives of children and families. We are the only nonprofit treatment center specializing in children ages 3-17 in San Antonio and South Texas. We provide compassionate mental health care. Our inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services including crisis stabilization, psychiatric evaluations, and ongoing therapy. We have the region's largest staff of children's mental health professionals at our two family-friendly campuses and several satellite locations. As a United Way agency, we provide greatly needed mental health care for children who could not otherwise afford to receive treatment.

Click here to read our Annual Report.


To help children, adolescents and families overcome the disabling effects of mental illness and improve their ability to function successfully at home, at school, and in the community.


Respect: we believe in the value and dignity of every child and every family and put their needs before ours.

Compassion: we believe that understanding children and caring for them unconditionally and consistently are the most powerful agents of change.

Openness: we believe in the importance of collaboration, in learning from one another, and in change.

Commitment: we find meaning in our work and we believe in individual responsibility, in work done with enthusiasm, perseverance, and great care in every task.

Innovation: we believe in always learning and improving our methods and services and in the development of best practices.


Clarity Child Guidance Center was created by the merger of two community nonprofit leaders in children's mental health treatment.

Southwest Mental Health Center

Southwest Mental Health Center's history reaches back to 1886, when 13 women founded the organization as a home for destitute children. Over the years, SMHC adapted to meet changing community needs and in the 1960s, the San Antonio Children's Center (as it was known then) specialized in the treatment of children with behavioral and emotional disorders. Since then, Southwest Mental Health Center evolved into a hospital, diagnostic and treatment center, and an educational training facility.

Child Guidance Center of San Antonio

Child Guidance Center of San Antonio was established in 1956 and has always been committed to identifying and addressing needs quickly, achieving positive results, and providing outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and their families in an ethical manner. In addition to children seen at the Center, the Center's staff has provided professional services at schools and other social agencies in the community. The Center has also maintained an affiliation with The University of Texas Health Science Center.

Click here to read the full merger announcement.

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