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Community Counseling


Are you worried about your teen or child’s sudden behavioral changes and emotional state? No one prepares parents for the challenges faced when raising a family, especially during the teen years. LSF offers free individual and family counseling through a family strengthening program known as Children in Need of Services/Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS).   


Through mental health counseling, you will get the tools to deal with parenting children and teens displaying defiant and hard-to-manage behaviors. Children and teens who seem out of control are just crying out for help for mental health support. 

Weekly counseling sessions provide: 

  • A plan of action with goals and tools to meet them 
  • The tools to help you and your child manage anger 
  • Strategies to help you resolve conflict 
  • Ways to strengthen the family bond 
  • Coping strategies when things are most difficult

Where are these services provided? 

We currently serve Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Escambia, Okaloosa and Milton Counties. To find the closest location to you, search our LSF Service Locator.


How do I know if I qualify? 

Reach out to us if your teen (12-19 yrs old) or young child (6-11 yrs old) is struggling with any of the following: 

  • Running away from home  
  • Regularly missing school without leave or explanation (also known as truancy or truant youth) 
  • Exhibiting defiant behavior, ignoring guidance from parents/caregivers and teachers (also referred to as ungovernable) 
  • Is violent or aggressive towards you or others 
  • Is consuming illegal substances  
  • Is engaging in behaviors that can land them in the criminal justice system (Also visit LSF Teen Court) 
  • Might be struggling with a mental health disorder 


What does the process look like?  

  • Screening and Assessment
    We begin by asking you a series of questions to help us gather information about the challenges you are facing at hope. This process is overseen by a Masters level clinician in collaboration with a certified and trained team of professionals. 
  • Mental Health Evaluations and Treatment Plan
    Clinicians develop an individualized treatment plan that meets the specific needs of the youth and family’s specific needs, utilizing evidence-based programs and approaches. 
  • Referrals
    Clinicians address mental health concerns and provide referrals to an appropriate provider if necessary. 
  • Aftercare and Follow-up
    AS structured approach to aftercare that reinforces lessons and skills developed to prevent relapse and connects youth and families to additional support systems. 


SNAP® is a proven family-focused program that teaches children 6-11, struggling with behavioral problems, how to make better choices in the moment.  SNAP is offered free of charge and has helped thousands of children and families around the world. Families learn how to identify triggers and use SNAP to make the connection between their thoughts, feelings and actions.

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Office Locations

2700 W Cypress Creek Road Suite D131

Fort Lauderdale FL 33309


3634 Central Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901

3615 Central Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901

4610 W. Fairfield Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32506

5127 Eastland St.
Crestview, FL 32539

5643 Stewart St.
Milton, FL 32570

LSF is a designated SAFE PLACE organization serving as a partner with local businesses and schools to provide access to immediate resources for youth seeking help. Project SAFE PLACE is a national network of voluntary community sites where youth in need of help can go for safe refuge, safety, and shelter.  LSF is the designated SAFE PLACE provider in areas with LSF Youth Shelters. 

Learn more about other services we offer:  

LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA CENTRAL SERVICES | 3627 W. WATERS AVE | TAMPA, FL 33614 | PHONE: (813) 875-1408 | FAX: (813) 875-1302

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