Children and Families

Children, Adolescent, and Family Programs

The Maple Counseling Center is temporarily offering all services remotely via HIPPA-compliant tele-health platforms. We look forward to providing in-person services again when it is safe.

The Maple Counseling Center offers a range of services for families, adolescents, and children that include consultations and evaluations, and individual and family therapy. Families can address a range of issues, including crisis situations, in group or individual therapy modalities. Please call the Briskin|Wilder Welcome Center to determine how TMCC may help you at 310-271-9999.

Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Individual Child Therapy

At The Maple Counseling Center, children and adolescents are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmental issues.  Our youngest clients learn to express their needs and tackle developmental challenges related to separation, individuation, and school readiness. They gain the necessary skills to have healthy peer and family relationships.  Adolescents utilize therapy to address challenges with self-esteem, peer relationships, school and academic difficulties, depression, and anxiety and strained and dysfunctional family relationships.

Family Therapy


Parents and children are seen together in counseling to strengthen bonds, improve communication, and develop more effective problem-solving strategies.  Contemporary families are faced with a myriad of stressors, including financial uncertainties, academic and developmental struggles, and communication breakdowns.  Family therapy can help family members find more productive ways to interact and reestablish satisfying relationships.

Parent Consultation

Central to The Maple Counseling Center’s holistic view of treatment, parents are seen as essential partners in the successful treatment of their child or teen.  Parenting is one of the most challenging and potentially rewarding roles for many adults, and we actively engage parents in their child’s counseling experience.  Parents are the crucial first step in developing a comprehensive individualized treatment plan for each child.

Parents participate in treatment through regular communication and meetings with their child’s counselor.  Through this dialogue, parents learn about typical development as well as how to recognize and address the specific needs of their own children.

Parent Education Series

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Our Parent Education Series is a four-session package offered continuously throughout the year. The series is open to all clients at The Maple Counseling Center and to parents in the community.  Parents of children who are receiving counseling at the Center are required to participate in a parenting class series. This series is facilitated by associates and trainees who conduct the weekly sessions with an emphasis on understanding development, increasing awareness of how parents’ own early experiences impact parenting choices, development of improved communication and conflict resolution skills, and ways to incorporate positive change into family functioning.

The Ted z”l and Hedy Orden z``l and Family Community-Based Preschool Mental Health Program

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The Maple Counseling Center’s (TMCC) Ted z”l and Hedy Orden z”l and Family Community-Based Preschool Mental Health Program addresses the mental health needs of children between the ages of two and five experiencing challenges in the classroom setting. Services are offered at community-based sites including those that target underserved populations impacted by poverty, homelessness, trauma, family dysfunction, mental illness, and substance use. TMCC associates and trainees observe, identify, and address behavior challenges and provide intervention strategies. They help the preschool program staff better understand how to handle child-specific issues, and identify concerns and helpful intervention strategies. Counselors help staff learn how to address behavior challenges, considering each child’s living environment and family history. At certain community-based sites, parenting classes and parenting support groups are available.

School- Based Services

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Associates and trainees provide onsite individual and group counseling sessions to local elementary, middle, and high school students. Students present with a variety of concerns, including academic struggles, social and peer challenges, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and drug and alcohol experimentation. Our associates and trainees meet with students weekly to provide a safe and nurturing counseling experience, allowing them to work through the many challenges of childhood and adolescence.

Community Circle

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The Center’s oldest program, running continuously for over 40 years, Community Circle serves students in local elementary school classrooms. Committed volunteers receive extensive training to provide students with the opportunity to learn and model social skills and conflict resolution strategies in a safe setting.  The program is a unique collaboration between volunteers, called Community Circle Leaders, and classroom teachers, allowing students to learn communication skills around sometimes difficult or challenging contemporary topics. The goal of Community Circle is to build character, self-confidence, self-worth, and responsibility.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here!