Help for Children & Teens

When our children are struggling, it can be a very scary and concerning time. The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. At the Family Guidance & Therapy Center of Southern California, we understand just how important your child is to you and we take special care to earn your trust. We also know that the ability to form a close and connected relationship with your child is one of the best ways that we can help your child grow. We specialize in therapy for children and teens and can offer many solutions to help your child and your family.

We can help

Children are a bit different than adults and symptoms of mental health disorders can easily be overlooked. Children often don’t know to ask to see a therapist, but when daily life becomes more and more challenging for both you and your child, it might be time to call for help.

Here are a few symptoms that could represent an mental wellness issue:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety/fearfulness
  • Pessimism/negative outlook
  • Grades dropping or more difficulty completing assignments
  • Conduct problems at school
  • “Acting out”
  • Arguing with family members
  • Limited or no invitations from friends
  • Difficulty separating, going to school, clinginess
  • Risk taking (smoking, drinking, sexual promiscuity)
  • Becoming quiet, sullen, down
  • Appetite changing suddenly
  • Difficulty managing responsibilities or staying organized
  • Difficulty making and maintaining friendships
  • Significant rigidity, bossiness, inflexibility, “needs to be right”
  • Growth rate slowing
  • Talk about death, suicide or violence
  • *Of course all children have bad days and the presences of any one symptom is not likely to be cause for alarm.

    Life’s Transitions

    Children can also benefit from talking to someone when life transitions are not in their control:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Parent marrying a new partner
  • Moving to a new neighborhood, school etc.
  • Sibling with a disability
  • We know you want the very best for your child. You hurt when they hurt. We are here to support your child to learn healthy and practical coping skills that will serve them for their lifetime.


    Live purposefully. Love fully. Grow with us!


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    Two Locations to Serve You

    Point Loma Location
    3555 Kenyon Street, Suite 101 
    San Diego, CA 92110

    Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch
    10731 Treena Street, Suite 105
    San Diego, CA 92131
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