When one local father felt he had nowhere to turn for help for his daughter, ACH Child and Family Services provided the care and support they needed. 

Jeff* says his daughter, Jennifer*, was 17 when she began suffering from severe anxiety. While Jennifer especially struggled with new activities and even going to school each day, her family didn't know how to help.

“What brought me to ACH was desperation,” Jeff says. “I needed to help my daughter.”   

Jennifer began free counseling through ACH's Real Help for Real Life program, and Jeff recalls how the counselor was the perfect fit for his daughter from the start.

“They had sessions where they cried and sessions where they laughed,” Jeff says. “The counselor provided reports every time she met with Jennifer that gave us things we could do with our daughter.”

Today, Jennifer continues to practice the tools she learned through counseling at ACH. She graduated high school and is attending Texas A&M University.

“It was looking so bad and it just completely turned around for us,” Jeff says. “I feel like this was a lifesaver.”

Real Help for Real Life provides free youth and family counseling for ages 6-17 struggling with anxiety or depression, bullying, behavioral problems and more. It’s offered online with bilingual sessions available in 5 counties. To schedule an appointment, call 817.335.4673.

*Names have been changed.