clarity pyschiatric emergency services
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and take your child to the closest emergency room. For psychiatric emergencies call our crisis services department at 210-582-6412. We offer round-the-clock assessment to determine if a child needs to be kept at a hospital for their safety.
Our specialists, therapists, and psychiatrists are trained in assisting parents and kids with issues related to mental health, substance abuse, family/relationship issues, and childhood behavioral problems.
A licensed mental health professional will recommend the appropriate services for your child’s age and developmental needs.
A detailed assessment of your child’s mental health is key to finding the best treatment.
Psychological assessments vary based on the complexity of the problem and the types of questions that you, your child, psychotherapist, and psychiatrist want answered.
first step™ program
You know your child needs help, but you aren’t sure exactly what they need or where to get it. That is where the First Step™ Program comes in!
First Step™ is a one-time appointment with a licensed psychologist or psychology trainee under supervision of a licensed psychologist. You and your child meet with a provider and share your concerns. The provider will then give you their professional opinion on what services should be your next step.
First Step™ may recommend services outside of Clarity Child Guidance Center’s expertise. First Steps™ is simply an opportunity to get a professional’s opinion on what services may benefit your child.
During psychotherapy, patients receive emotional support, learn to understand their feelings, and try out new solutions to conflict. Your child’s goals can be specific (changing a certain behavior) or general (less anxiety, better self-esteem, etc.).
Good communication – such as talking through conflicts and feelings to discover new solutions – is an important ingredient of psychotherapy.
Your child will need to visit a psychiatrist if their therapist, counselor, or primary care physician recommends medication.
Psychiatrists are experts in various types of medications, how they work, possible side effects, and what is best for each patient.
Please share any concerns or observations with your child’s psychiatrist to help them determine if the dosage needs to be adjusted or the prescription changed.
teen & preteen groups
Patients can attend sessions with kids in their same age group and/or gender who are facing similar issues, such as relationships, school, trauma or other social challenges.
These groups are confidential, safe places to talk and to listen.