Children and Families
Sometimes family life and parenting can feel overwhelming. FSA provides many services to help families at every stage of growth – from pregnancy through childhood – reach their healthiest potential through therapy and education.
Beginning: Growing A Healthy Family
FSA’s unique sixteen-session, individual counseling helps new mothers understand the difference between “baby blues” and postpartum depression, cope with relationship changes, process unresolved issues from childhood, address early attachment and bonding, include siblings, find time for self care, and address other challenges that arrive with the new baby. Read more
Home Visiting Program
The Parent Partner Program provides parent mentors to work with at-risk families from pregnancy through a child’s first year. In addition, FSA provides in-home bilingual, bicultural support services for high-risk families with young children.
Developmental Issues and Assessments
Sometimes, a child’s development can be puzzling or even concerning. Questions can emerge around behavior, relationships, learning issues or concerns about behavior related to gender identity or a child’s view of him or herself as a boy or girl. FSA therapists provide resources and support for parents who have concerns or questions about their child’s development. Comprehensive assessments help parents of young children under 5 years understand their child’s developmental achievements, milestones and challenges.
Behavior problems at home or school can happen for a lot of reasons and can lead parents down a frustrating path looking for solutions. FSA provides a number of different services to help parents address problems like separation anxiety, inattention at school, eating or sleeping issues, language delay and distractibility. For difficult discipline problems, inappropriate behavior like hitting, biting or spitting, as well as impulsive or aggressive behavior, FSA uses the research proven Parent Child Interaction Therapy to coach parents on effective strategies for setting boundaries and nurturing the child at the same time.
Child Counseling and Childhood Trauma Services
There are many causes of childhood stress and trauma that can affect a person well into adulthood. Whether needed for outside challenges, involving school, childcare changes, or parent employment changes, family stressors like divorce, death of a family member, birth of a sibling, family illness, or severe trauma from family violence or sexual or physical abuse, FSA’s multi-faceted and innovative services help the entire family cope and overcome the long-term consequences of stress and trauma.
FSA has Marin County’s most comprehensive services for childhood trauma, including trauma from sexual and physical abuse. The consequences of abuse can manifest themselves as Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, feeling responsible for the assault, developing self-injurious behaviors, depression or anxiety. FSA houses the Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center for child-sensitive forensic interviews conducted by highly-trained specialists. Once a determination of abuse has been made, FSA therapists provide Marin County’s most comprehensive Childhood Trauma Services to help the child overcome the damage of abuse and grow into a healthy, thriving teen and adult.
Foster and Adoptive Families
When a child moves into foster care or is adopted, he or she begins to navigate a complex web of adjustments including separation from biological parents and siblings, school relocation, and family adjustments. Conversely, there are equally complicated challenges when a child reintegrates with his or her biological family. Help is available for foster or adopted children and parents as well as biological parents. FSA therapists provide comprehensive therapy to help ensure the child’s best transition and the parents’ most effective adjustment.