Teen Counseling Program

Teen Counseling Program provides individual and family counseling to foster positive, nurturing family relationships and to ensure that teens are safe and healthy.

Do you want to?

  • Develop stronger communication skills, learn how to resolve conflicts and work on problem-solving strategies?
  • Improve relationships within your family?
  • Talk through your decision-making patterns?

Who can participate:

  • Teens ages 12-17 who are not involved with the Department of Social Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • Teens who have turned 18 but are still working towards high school graduation.
  • Residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson county.
  • This program has eligibility requirements that a counselor can talk through with you. Call to see if this could be a good fit.

What to expect:

  • Teens have the option to participate in individual and/or family counseling. They can discuss preferences with their counselor. Group sessions with family members will be set up as needed.
  • Counseling is short term (3 months). Referrals for longer term services can be made as needed.
  • Our counselors work with teens to eliminate transportation and scheduling issues; counseling can take place over the phone, in home, in school, or at the ReadyKids offices.
  • When necessary, TCP can connect teens up to age 18 with emergency shelter for up to 21 days.
  • All TCP counseling staff have a minimum of a master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology and have extensive experience working with children and adolescents and their families.

How it works:

  • This program is provided at no cost to participants.
  • Our goal is for you to meet with a counselor within one week of your first contact with our program.
  • You and your counselor will set a schedule and location for counseling that best meets your needs.
  • Through TCP, you can meet with your counselor for up to 4 hours per week for up to three months.
  • Extending the relationship with your counselor beyond three months will be discussed on an as-needed basis.


This project is supported by federal grant #90CY6709-01-00 through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

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