Clarity Child Guidance Center exists to transform the lives of children and families. They are the only nonprofit treatment center in San Antonio and South Texas that specializes in children ages 3-17 who suffer from serious mental health problems. Their inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services, from crisis stabilization, to psychiatric evaluations, to ongoing therapy.

Clarity has the region’s largest staff of children’s mental health professionals at our two, family friendly campuses and several satellite locations.


Clarity Child Guidance Center’s mission is to help children, adolescents, and families overcome the disabling effects of mental illness and improve their ability to function successfully at home, at school, and in the community.


Their model, called ClarityCare™ is based on a simple principle: children do well when they can. As a result, they collaboratively problem solve with the children in their care. They also involve the entire family in the course of treatment through family therapy. They know that when a child comes to them, the whole family needs to heal.

Contact Us

Clarity Child Guidance Center 8535 Tom Slick Drive San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 616-0300

Programs and Services offered at Clarity Child Guidance:


First Step™ Program

You know your child needs help, but you aren’t sure exactly what they need or where to get it. That is where the First Step™ Program comes in! First Step™ is a one-time appointment with a licensed psychologist or psychology trainee under supervision of a licensed psychologist. You and your child meet with a provider and share your concerns. The provider will then give you their professional opinion on what services should be your next step.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP, also known as day treatment, allows children to spend the day receiving care from mental health professionals and then return home during the evening. In PHP, kids who are struggling can get the help they need while minimizing interruptions to their family life. PHP allows observation to understand firsthand the challenges the child is facing. This midground option is also effective for children who have been previously hospitalized and still need close monitoring.

Crisis Services

The crisis services department at Clarity Child Guidance Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assess kids who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. A licensed behavioral health professional will complete a full assessment with a focus on safety. After consulting a psychiatrist, they will make a recommendation for services. This recommendation is based on the presenting symptoms and history.

Inpatient Treatment

Kids admitted for inpatient treatment generally pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. These kids are experiencing significant, distressing symptoms that require immediate care. Treatment in the on-campus, inpatient hospital brings kids back to an appropriate level of safety and self-control. The goal is to discharge a child back to their family as quickly as it is safe to do so.

Next Step Center

The Next Step Center provides therapy services to families struggling to adjust after hospital discharge.  Direct care services are provided by Clarity therapy staff and ongoing community referrals are facilitated by the Care Coordination team. The Next Step Center helps families to assess the resources they need to support their child and family’s continued path to mental wellness.

Upcoming Events

ClarityCon 2022

Date: July 21 -22, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa

Over the course of two days, attendees will earn 16 continuing education units (CEUs), enjoy four remarkable keynotes, hear from country music star Chase Bryant at the Friday luncheon, and connect with community resources and other mental health advocates.

Registration and info

ClarityCon 2022 Luncheon

Date: August 22, 2022
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa

Clarity Child Guidance Center and our Board of Directors invite you to saddle up with country and western singer/songwriter Chase Bryant for the Claritycon2022 Luncheon!

If you are interested in supporting Clarity Child Guidance Center please contact 210.616.0300 or the acute crisis line at 210.582.6412