About Us



As the pre-eminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children (from birth – age 24) and their families. Our highly trained staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and other mental health professionals lead the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. The Guidance Center helps children and families address issues such as depression and anxiety; developmental delays; bullying; teen pregnancy; sexual abuse; teen drug and alcohol abuse; and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma and divorce. For more than 60 years, the Guidance Center has been a place of hope and healing, providing innovative and compassionate treatment to all who enter our doors, regardless of their ability to pay.

We help families raise healthy children and work with kids (ages 0-24) who are troubled, in trouble, or causing trouble and parents who need help in these stressful times. Difficulties include depression and anxiety, developmental delays and school failure, substance abuse and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma, and divorce.

Our highly-qualified staff consists of teams of caring psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, drug & alcohol counselors, mental health counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors and family advocates with expertise in treating children. We provide every client with a personalized treatment plan. We work with many managed care and insurance companies but no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

In addition to providing thousands of client contacts per year through our core services, the Guidance Center offers training for parents, caregivers, student interns and professionals. We also advocate in public and governmental forums for improved mental health services for children.