Individual and Family Counseling

Depression, grief and troubled relationships are powerful issues faced by many families. These issues affect everyone in a family—adults and children alike—and often harm productivity at work, school and in the community. In many cases, the best way to find solutions to these issues is with the support and guidance of a professional counselor.

In 2014, through our Individual and Family Counseling program:

  • More than 630 individuals, including children, sought counseling for relationship problems, depression, anxiety and other life challenges

At Families First, we can help you find a path toward solutions and healing with affordable professional counseling services for adults, couples, children and families. We offer services tailored to the particular concerns of each individual or family, including:

  • Stress (job related or otherwise)
  • Communication issues
  • Relationship / marital issues
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Children and teen behavioral problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Returning from military / inclusion services
  • Past abuse issues

Families First is committed to making our services flexible, affordable and helpful for our clients. Fees are based on each family’s unique ability to pay. Medicaid and many other insurance plans are accepted. Childcare is available on a limited basis at some locations.

How to Get Started

Call us at 317-634-6341. Our intake counselor will answer any questions you may have regarding therapy. If you are interested in pursuing counseling services, you will be asked a few brief questions, and will be able to make an initial appointment with a therapist to discuss your concerns. This program is also available in Spanish.

His mother had called Families First, concerned with her son's frequent, uncontrollable outbursts of anger. Staff recommended that Trevor begin meeting with Brenda, a play therapist. During their first session together, Brenda used puppets to affirm Trevor's anger and teach him some healthier ways to release it. Several sessions later, Brenda discovered the source of Trevor's anger. In playing with different sets of animal families, Brenda noticed that Trevor made a girl in each family group act like a bully.

Using subtle "I wonder" questions, Brenda learned that Trevor had an older female cousin who was routinely babysitting for him at his father's house. This cousin was mistreating Trevor while she sat for him, but bribing him with later and later bedtimes so he would not tell anyone. With this insight, Brenda called Trevor's father and arranged for him to come to the next session. By creating a safe and supportive space for Trevor, Brenda was able to him finally tell his father what was making him so angry. Though saddened by the story, Trevor's father was grateful that Families First had given his son the help he needed to share it.

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