Everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status or culture, share common experiences - loss, stress, fear, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, pain, and trauma.
Families in poverty face invisible barriers to receiving life-saving counseling – such as language, geography, transportation, finances, and social stigma. It’s a brutal cycle. Mental illness prevents families from finding stability and ending the cycle of poverty and children from reaching their potential in school.
That’s why The Center established the Partnerships for Accessible Counseling and Training program (PACT). This innovative program teams up with established nonprofits whose clients would not have access to mental health care. PACT removes barriers and makes professional counseling and psychological assessments accessible to all.
WE BELIEVE A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS
By collaborating and co-locating with established nonprofits, counseling is provided onsite in communities, in a safe and comfortable environment, where people already receive services such as food, clothing and afterschool care. We complement the work of these nonprofits by addressing an unmet need. These comprehensive wrap-around services are a win-win for families and individuals.
Our mental health services help clients being served at our PACT partner locations develop transformational skills that has generational impact. Counseling and psychological assessments are offered for children, teens, families, and adults.
It is only through the generosity of foundations and private donors that we are able to provide these life-changing and life-saving services to those who would not otherwise have access to them.
Meet our PACT Clinicians
Alicia Villa, LPC
Staff Therapist, PACT Coordinator
Ellie Blair, LPC-Associate
Victoria Castillo, LMFT-Associate
Audrey Hart, LPC-Associate
Alexys Hatfield, LPC
Monica Stephenson, MDiv, LPC-Associate, LMFT-Associate
S. Drake Thomas, LPC-Associate
Paola Villegas, LPC-Associate, MT-BC