From Our Editors
Youth and Family Counseling was founded in 1981 by the police chiefs of Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Highland Village, who initially created the first-offender program. With the hopes of diverting youth offenders from the juvenile justice system and becoming repeat offenders, the first-offender program incorporates family participation during counseling sessions, and aims to identify and address the root causes behind problematic behaviors. Through combined resources from the police departments, the community, and local schools, Youth and Family Counseling provides each family it serves with six free counseling sessions. Today, the organization also runs a community-referred counseling program for residents seeking affordable psychological treatment. Counseling sessions for both programs are led by master's-level therapists that are fully licensed or working toward their licensure. The professional services are comparable to private-practice treatment, but are available at a cost that is tailored to low-income families.