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Growing up is complicated, and there are times in many children’s lives when professional help dealing with issues, emotions, and behaviors can improve well-being. Our supports for youth and families are designed first to help stabilize and then to foster coping skills that will help them strengthen and grow.
Advocates counselors and specialists work in partnership with children and their families to determine treatment plans tailored to their needs. Our staff bring skill and compassion to families dealing with a wide range of needs including:
- Anxiety and depression
- ADD and ADHD
- Challenging behaviors
- Communication issues
- Illness, trauma, and loss
- Social skills
Individual and Family Counseling
We offer traditional talk therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and other skill-based approaches tailored to support youth of all ages and their families, while prioritizing individual needs and preferences.
Once enrolled in counseling services with an Advocates therapist, our clinical nurse specialists and psychiatrists may provide evaluations and ongoing pharmacological treatment. We believe medication works best in conjunction with therapy. Therefore, it is only an option for individuals who also meet regularly with a therapist.
Mobile Crisis Intervention
Mobile Crisis Intervention is available 24/7 when a young person poses a safety risk, either to themselves or others, due to suicidal or homicidal behaviors, self-injury, an inability to sustain healthy relationships, or other difficult behaviors. Learn More
Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)
Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative programs support youth who are dealing with mental health, emotional, and behavioral challenges. These services are covered by MassHealth for youth up to age 21, and by many commercial insurance plans up to age 18. Please contact us if you have questions about whether your insurance plan covers these services.
In-Home Therapy helps children and youth with significant mental health needs function successfully, while helping their families best manage and support their children’s needs at home and in the community.
In-Home Behavioral Services
In-Home Behavioral Services are for children, youth, and their families who need help learning to change and manage difficult or harmful behaviors. Our staff assist youth and parents in creating a behavior management plan that will work for them.
If your child or teen has difficulty getting along with peers and adults, an Advocates therapeutic mentor can provide support and coaching. The Therapeutic Mentor will work in the home, school, community, and other social settings to teach your child skills that foster successful social interactions and relationships. To be eligible for Therapeutic Mentoring, a child must also receive Outpatient Therapy, In-Home Therapy, or Intensive Care Coordination.
Locations and Settings
Counseling and crisis intervention services are provided at our clinic locations in Framingham, Marlborough, and Waltham and, in some instances, in schools and homes.
We accept MassHealth and most private insurance plans. To find out if we are in your network, please contact your insurance company or our office.
Advocates Community Counseling, Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) Services, and Medication Management/Psychiatry Services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Congresswoman Katherine Clark recently visited the Advocates Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC) made possible by her work. The Center, which is located on Route 9 in Framingham, was renovated and opened thanks to Community Project Funding secured by Clark.
FRAMINGHAM — Seeking to provide regular and emergency assistance to residents going through mental health struggles, Advocates will open the doors of its new community behavioral health center to the public on Monday.
Mass General Brigham and the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) have awarded five Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHC) grants to better support students with urgent mental health and substance use needs.