Clinic - Clarity Child Guidance Center


Clarity Child Guidance Clinic provides rapid access for children who need help.

  • Specialized help for young people, ages 3-17, struggling with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
  • Services offered: Outpatient Therapy, Brief Therapy, Psychiatric Assessment & Management, Day Treatment.
  • Staff includes: Licensed therapists, a bilingual psychiatrist, nurses, therapeutic recreation team, and admissions staff.
  • Clarity accepts Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TRICARE, and most private insurances. Clarity also provides financial help for families who otherwise could not afford services.

Clarity Child Guidance Clinic is where a new patient can be seen quickly if it is the best course of treatment. Some patients may be treated with “talk therapy,” in a series of sessions designed to calm the situation, while also finding out the cause of the problem. Sometimes, other services may be recommended based on a patient’s needs, such as outpatient therapy in their community, or day-treatment at the clinic.

The clinic does not treat children at risk of harm to themselves or others. The parent or adult responsible for a child or adolescent at risk for harm to themselves or others should take immediate action by calling 9-1-1.

To get help, call 210- 616-0300 and ask for the admissions team. You will be connected to a licensed counselor who will review your child’s situation over the phone, and direct you to the right services. Admissions representatives are available 24/7.

What unique services are offered at the clinic?

Brief Psychological Psychotherapies: This works best for patients struggling with mild to moderate problems, and that have good family support. We focus on finding out the cause quickly and deciding on the best treatment method. The goals of treatment include improving overall coping strategies and problem solving methods. Treatment usually lasts 8 to 12 sessions, over a short period of time.

Psychiatric evaluation and management: We find out how the child is doing emotionally, socially, and psychologically. We also make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan, which may include medications and close monitoring.

Day treatment: Children who have significant problems at home and school may receive treatment at the clinic during the day, and return home for the evening. The program includes therapy, recreational therapy, and life coaching. Typical treatment lasts two weeks.

What services will the admissions professional recommend?

After an initial review by phone, our licensed admissions professionals will recommend a course of treatment, which may include a face-to-face review at our main campus. Treatment may include one or more of the following options:

  • Rapid access to care at the Clarity Child Guidance Clinic, with “talk therapy” in a series of sessions designed to calm the situation while also finding out the cause of the problem
  • Individual and family therapy at the Clinic, or at our main campus in the Medical Center
  • Admittance to our day treatment program at the Clinic or main campus
  • Admittance to our acute care hospital at Clarity Child Guidance Center’s main campus in the Medical Center
  • Psychiatric assessment and management offered by a child and adolescent psychiatrist, either at the Clinic or our main campus
  • A referral to another United Way agency or provider if mental health services are not needed

how to pay for services

These services are reimbursed by insurance just like other mental health services. We accept Medicaid, CHIP, and most commercial insurances. We also provide financial help for families who otherwise couldn’t afford these services.