PITTSBURGH -- Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry has launched its new Child and Parent Place, providing a wide range of affordable services.
Led by licensed and experienced counselors and educators, according to a press release, C.A.P.P. will offer play therapy, sand tray therapy, family therapy, trauma-informed counseling, parent counseling, social skills and parenting groups, parent child interaction therapy along with tutoring and mentoring.
To watch the Virtual Grand Opening Celebration, visit Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry online.
The major sponsors of the event are Hefren-Tillotson, Inc. and Medical Service Associates.
Anchorpoint has faced steadily rising rates of childhood anxiety, depression, trauma and other issues before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our kids are feeling more anxious, fearful and worried,” Anchorpoint’s Executive Director Rev. Dr. Ron Barnes, LSW said.
“They are spending more time away from friends, family and activities of interest. They are closely watching how adults are behaving and treating one another during these uncertain, stressful and contentious times. Children are grieving these constraining limits caused by the pandemic. There is no better time to support our kids, parents and families than now.”
While Anchorpoint began planning months ago for a specialized mental wellness center serving local children and parents, the organization could not have foreseen how urgently this center would be needed today.
The majority of parents in our region are having a hard time supporting their children’s social, mental and emotional needs during the pandemic, according to results of The Pittsburgh Study: Family Strengths Survey by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.
These unmet needs are causing stress and developing into more significant problems for youth and parents. In a national study reported by The American Academy of Pediatrics, 14% of parents saw their children’s behavioral health worsen between March and June 2020.
Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry is a nonprofit mental wellness and education center serving the Northern Greater Pittsburgh region since 1966.