Help, My child is struggling! How do I know if s/he needs counseling? Your child may need counseling if any of the following are true:
Your child is getting in trouble at school regularly for fighting with other children or for arguing with teachers
Your child is struggling academically even though s/he is bright enough to achieve
Your child is having difficulty eating, sleeping, or getting along with the rest of the family
Your child has been having frequent bad dreams or has become more clingy
You and your spouse are experiencing marital difficulties and/or separating or getting a divorce
I’ve decided I want to get counseling for my child/ren. What do I look for? In choosing a counselor for your child/ren, look for someone who has experience with children—especially if your child is facing specialized issues (e.g., ADD/ADHD, divorce, stepfamily issues, school behavior, substance use, etc.). What ages of children does the Center for Families work with? We work with kids from 6 on up. In the case of a need for family counseling, children younger than that can be seen as part of the process of helping the family. If you have younger children, a referral can be made.
Do you have a child who has been adversely impacted by the absence of his/her father due to death, divorce or deployment? Listen to this audio about the impact of absent fathers on children:
How much does counseling for children and adolescents cost? Individual Counseling – First Session (50-75 minutes) ….. $150 Individual Counseling – Regular Session (50 minutes) ….. $125 Visit the Fees & Payment page for more information.
Will insurance cover my child's counseling? If you have individual coverage for your child, it should cover Counseling. If you do not have coverage on your children, sometimes the parents' health insurance will cover them if there is family cover age available. Ms. Wheeler is on many of the most popular insurance panels including, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Carolina Care Plan, Aetna and others. She is also on several EAPs (Employee Assistance Program) including Employee Assistance Professionals, Compsych, First Sun, New Directions, Chestnut EAP. Ms. Wheeler is able to take Medicaid through Absolute Total Care, Cenpatico and Select CHoice.
Lower Cost Counseling Occasionally Ms. Wheeler will work with a superior Counseling graduate student who will offer sessions for clients at a reduced cost ($20-$40/session). If you are interested in lower fee sessions with a graduate student closely supervised by Ms. Wheeler please see the Low Cost Counseling Options page.
How do I arrange for Counseling? Contact Helen Wheeler by Phone: (843) 763-5837; Fax: (803) 753-0134; or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the Center for Families? We are located at 27 Gamecock Avenue, Suite 202, Charleston, SC 29407, just off I-26 at the Cosgrove exit 216 South, behind S&S Cafeteria. Visit the Contact & Location page for more information.