Mental Health and Counseling

Encouraging and supporting the emotional well-being of individuals, families and our community is important to us. JFCS understands the pressure of coping with a wide range of issues and conflicts to provide a safe, private, and compassionate environment for individuals and families to receive high-quality outpatient counseling services.

JFCS Counseling supports people who are facing adversities through evidence based, trauma-informed care. Counselors provide children, youth, adults, and seniors the needed supports and interventions to recover from a traumatic event or series of events. JFCS provides these services at our campuses and at schools, homes, and other community spaces.

JFCS counseling services can be of benefit to you or your family if you are struggling with any of these life changes:

  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Parenting
  • Bereavement
  • Marital counseling
  • Outpatient substance abuse
  • Coping with loss
  • Divorce & step-families
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Retirement transition
  • Stress reduction
  • Abuse survivors
  • Gender equality

Read more about the Mental Health and Counseling initiative programs below.

Programs

Counseling

Everyone faces challenges at different points in their lives, however there’s no need to face them alone. Our counseling program provides family, individual, couples and group counseling to people of all ages. Counseling assists in building confidence, using existing strengths and learning skills to overcome difficult situations.

VIP-ER at Salvation Army substance abuse and family programs

The VIP-ER Program is a long-term, residential substance abuse program. It is a consortium of 6 agencies partnering to provide services for individuals residing at The Salvation Army struggling with substance abuse and related issues.

Mobile Response Team – MRT

A 24/7 Mobile Response Team serving children and their families. A crisis counselor will meet with the child and family at home, in the community, or in school.

To be eligible for services, recipients must be ages 17 or younger and a Sarasota County resident. No medical insurance is required.

For more information or if in crisis, call 941-374-3213.

Psychological Testing for children

Assessment Center staff conducts evaluations for at-risk children, adolescents, young adults (from ages 4 to 21) and their families who are experiencing emotional and behavioral issues in a confidential and child-friendly environment.

Adolescent Diversion and Assistance Program

Preventing and reducing involvement of youth, ages 11-17, with the juvenile justice system. Each group offered will emphasize learning new skills and behaviors that will reduce the risk of repetitive destructive behaviors. Affordable individual and family counseling is available for adolescents and families needing support.

  • Domestic Violence
  • Gang-Related Activity
  • Shoplifting/Stealing
  • Battery/Assault
  • Substance Abuse
  • Criminal Mischief/Trespass
  • Generalized Violent
  • Behaviors (Including Bullying)

Referrals are accepted from Juvenile Probation Officers (JPOs), School Resource Officers (SROs) and Bay Area Youth Services (BAYS)/ Juvenile Delinquency Alternative Program (JDAP).

For more information, please contact Ryan McClash at 941-549-5875 or rmcclash@JFCS-Cares.org.

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