Guidance Services moves into new facility at Herring Run Professional

By Lynn R. Parks

As soon as Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth opened its doors in Seaford in 2001, there was a waiting list for the services it offers. With the opening of the organization's new 7,000-square-foot building in the Herring Run Professional Park on alternate U.S. 13, counselors there have been able to see more children, said Cathy Rose, clinical director. "Our new building is three times the size of the old one," which was in the Park Professional Center on Middleford Road, she said. "We are able to expand our services to meet the growing demand." A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday to celebrate the agency's new Seaford clinic. Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth was started in 1953 as the Wilmington Child Guidance Center. The center was established by the Wilmington Junior League and Wilmington pediatrician Dr. Robert O. Y. Warren to promote mental health by offering psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for emotionally disturbed children. Today, in addition to the Seaford clinic, the program has centers in Lewes, Dover, Wilmington and Newark. Counselors offer treatment to children from ages 2 to 18, as well as their families.

Rose said that the Seaford clinic has about 500 participants in its treatment program and an additional 20 participants in a second program that offers more intensive counseling. Participants are referred to the counseling center by schools, pediatricians and state agencies, as well as by the Delaware Guidance Services crisis center, in Lewes. Parents and legal guardians can also arrange for their children to get counseling. Costs for treatment in the intensive program are paid by the state. For counseling in the less-intensive treatment program, the agency accepts insurance, including Medicaid and most private insurances. Rose said that counseling for troubled children usually also means counseling for other members of the family. She said that follow-up calls with parents indicate that the treatment often works. "Successful treatment is a lot of work for families," she said. "But if parents are willing to put the effort into, we definitely can see success."

For your information: Delaware Guidance Services is the largest non-for-profit provider of mental health counseling for children and adolescents in the state. Its Seaford facility can be reached at 262-3505. For general information, visit the website www.delawareguidance.org.

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