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Denton County Friends of the Family provides free professional counseling services to child, adolescent, and adult victims of relationship violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.
Professional counseling is provided by staff counselors and counseling interns. Staff counselors have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a counseling-related field and are licensed or license eligible. Additionally, all counseling interns are currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in counseling or a related field.
All counselors strictly adhere to the ethical guidelines identified by the state licensing boards, as well as those outlined by the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.
Counseling services are designed to fit the needs and experiences of the clients in a warm and non-judgmental, supportive environment. Information shared in counseling is kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of Friends of the Family without your written consent, with the following exceptions:
If abuse or neglect of minors is reported by you or your child, a report must be made to the appropriate authority. (The Family Code, Chapter 261)
If abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly or disabled is reported by you or your child, a report must be made to the appropriate authority. (The Human Resources Code, Chapter 48)
If abuse, neglect, and illegal, unprofessional, or unethical conduct by a mental health provider is reported by you or your child, a report must be made to the appropriate authority. (The Health and Safety Code, Chapter 161)
If sexual exploitation by a mental health provider is reported by you or your child, a report must be made to the appropriate authority. (The Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 81.006)
A mental health professional is authorized to disclose information to emergency personnel in case of danger of suicide or homicide, or release of records under court subpoena. (Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611.004)
Before attending any counseling services, individuals must complete an intake session.
We offer both group and individual counseling. Group counseling is offered most days of the week and there are many different types of groups to choose from. You can start group the same week as your intake. While group counseling is always available, individual counseling will be considered on a case by case basis. There may be a wait for individual counseling depending on the client’s schedule flexibility and counselor availability.