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About Us

Guardian House ™ is a therapeutic center, from our setting – to our philosophy – to our staff.

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About Us

Who We Serve

Our programs target children whose parents are trapped in conflict and often at their worst; all of the children seen are “at risk” and they range from birth to 17 years of age.

Our client’s parents are those whom the courts have determined that without intervention may be at risk of emotional abuse, physical abuse or neglect of their children.

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Seventy-six percent of clients report a history of family violence at intake.

Guardian House

Our Setting

We are located in a three story, child-friendly house. Being in a house provides a therapeutic setting for families coming to visit…some are meeting for the first time, and some will only be able to visit at our Center.

It allows for “normal” family activities, such as when the parent and child utilize the kitchen to bake cookies, decorate cupcakes or make a pizza together.

Families that stay onsite for visits can play in our outside space, which includes a playground, half basketball court and a picnic area.

Our Philosophy

We are dedicated to ensuring that the best interest of the children always comes first at our Center. We take their physical, emotional and psychological safety into consideration at all times.

Our Staff

Our Executive Director, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Supervisor of counselor interns, fosters a therapeutic perspective in all we do at the Center.

Every semester, we have up to 10 masters’ level counseling students gaining clinical experience at the Center, and are involved in almost every aspect of what we do; 90% of our supervised visits are facilitated by the counselors-in-training. Counselors-in-training are thoroughly trained in the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and are guided in integrating that theory into all aspects of the work they do at the Center.

 

Administrative Team

Shannon White, MS, LPC-S

Executive Director

    Valerie Rodriguez, AD

    Office Manager

      Jacqueline Coppock, MS, PsyD (Candidate)

      Program Manager - Counseling Program

        Eva M. Fernandez, LMSW

        Chief Civic Engagement Officer

          Andréa Longoria-Contreras, MA, PhD (Candidate)

          Program Director - Parenting Education Program