The Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (WCYFS) has been providing advocacy services to the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence for many years. Similarly, the agency has been engaged in offering assistance and support to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. As our clients attempt to cope with the life situations they encounter, their mental health may begin to suffer.
This is where therapy comes in: our therapists are trained to treat a wide variety of mental-health conditions in adults and children, such as, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
WCYFS has two licensed therapists and two license-eligible therapists on staff. They offer the following services:
For youth ages 8-20 who have full-scope Medi-Cal insurance: individual and family therapy.
For any individual age 8 and above who has been the victim of a crime and has registered an application with the California Victim Assistance Program: individual therapy, provided that the individual’s private insurance has denied treatment.
For youth ages 16-25 who are involved in our Promising Pathways Program: individual and family therapy.
Please call (209) 929-6700 and ask to speak with Diane O’Rourke, Director of Youth & Clinical Services, for more details on the services offered and to answer any other questions you may have about therapy. For your assistance and information, we have included on the website a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapy
I am already working with a sexual assault or domestic violence counselor at Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services. How is therapy different?
The advocates working at WCYFS are trained counselors and have completed Victim Assistance training. They are very well equipped to help you deal with many of the issues that you are struggling with. In some cases, however, a client’s difficulties are such that the client’s mental health is compromised by, e.g., depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. If this happens, a referral may be made to one of our therapists, all of whom are trained to treat these conditions.
If I meet with a therapist, do I have to stop seeing the person I’m already working with?
That depends. Often, it is possible to work with one of our advocates and one of our therapists at the same time. In fact, it can be extremely helpful for a client to do things that way. However, in certain cases, it may be more appropriate to work only with a therapist until some progress has been made in alleviating a client’s depression, anxiety, or signs of trauma. This decision would be made together with the client, the client’s current counselor, and the therapist.
How long would I have to be in therapy?
Again, that depends. Some clients stay for a short time only. Some clients want to stay in therapy longer. Our therapists will consult with you about what they believe would be most helpful to you. However, the final decision is yours to make.
If I am referred to therapy and don’t want to do it, will I still be able to see my other counselor?
No one can force you to participate in therapy, and you certainly can continue to see your counselor if you do refuse. However, we would ask you to consider that a referral to therapy is made because your sexual assault/domestic violence/youth services counselor believes that this would be a helpful next step for you to take and one which we hope will enhance your ability to move on with your life.
Who pays for this?
How our services are paid for varies. Please call our Clinical Director, Diane O’Rourke, at (209) 929-6706 for more information.
I am involved in custody proceedings. Do the therapists at WCYFS offer custody evaluations to see which parent my child should live with?
The primary goal of our therapists is to help the minor child to cope more effectively with his or her life situation. With that important goal in mind, it is crucial that therapists focus exclusively on the well-being of the minor child in question. Therefore, although our therapists often have meetings with the minor child’s family members, they do not provide evaluations of the child’s parents as far as custody arrangements are concerned.
You may have other questions that we did not cover here. If so, please call our Director of Youth & Clinical Services , Diane O’Rourke, at (209) 929-6706.