Clinical Counseling Services

DFYF counseling servicesDirections for Youth & Families’ treatment services provide counseling, community support, and clinical services to youth and their families. A resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed agency, we help individuals and families address and overcome a range of issues including:

  • School challenges
  • Sexual abuse
  • Delinquency
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Physical abuse/neglect
  • Family conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse

Most programs are provided on an outreach basis – in client’s homes, schools, or other community settings – to reduce barriers to treatment and provide services in the environment they are needed. Some office-based services are also available.

Outreach Counseling Program (OCP)

Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth ages 5-18 and their families. Services include counseling, community support services, advocacy, and referral.

School Connections

Provides school and home-based mental health counseling to students in select Franklin County schools who are currently experiencing or are at risk for mental and/or emotional problems, drug and alcohol abuse, or family dysfunction. The program also focuses on helping students with anger management, conflict resolution, and self-esteem issues. Program referrals are accepted from participating school personnel only. School Connections Columbus City Schools Brochure, School Connections South-Western City Schools Brochure

Building Bright Futures –Youth at risk for school failure

Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth in grades 6th through 12th who are at risk for school failure. Services can include counseling, community support services, advocacy, and referral.

PROMISES – For survivors of sexual abuse

For youth ages 5-18 who are survivors of reported or suspected sexual abuse. Home/school/community-based comprehensive therapeutic program with individual, group and family counseling. Promises Brochure

Children Who Witness Violence

Home/school/community-based individual, family, and group counseling for youth ages 5-18 to reduce traumatic effects of witnessing violence and prevent future violence. Children Who Witness Violence Brochure

Children of Murdered Parents and Siblings (COMPS)

Home/school/community-based individual, family and group counseling for youth ages 5-18 who have lost a loved one to homicide. COMPS Brochure

Healthy Alternatives for Youth – Substance Use Counseling

For youth ages 12 -18 who are using and at risk of becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol. Services can include individual counseling, family counseling, case management services, and group counseling.

Youth Pride

Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth ages 10-22, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or have gender identity issues. Youth Pride Brochure

Teen Parent Connection (TPC)

Serves pregnant or parenting youth/young adults and their families through age 21. Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling offered along with community support and case management.

Office-Based Counseling Program

Counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, and families are available at two locations. Psychiatric and Psychological services for children and adolescents are also available. Office-Based Counseling Brochure

Download DFYF’s Guide to Our Services Brochure

For more information, contact our Intake Department at or 614.294.2661

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