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American Dream - Family Counseling Center

Author by Cornerstone Community Bank
Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Feeling alone and afraid, a single mother was desperate for help when she discovered that her child was being abused. Not only was this traumatizing for her as a mother, but it caused her to flash back onto her own abuse as a child. To complicate matters, the mom’s native language was Spanish, so she was having great difficulty understanding the system.

She reached out to Family Counseling Center, which welcomed her with open arms and a compassionate heart. Their therapists provided counseling to both mother and child, and thanks to donations, they were able to reduce the fees for her sessions while they helped her find the resources she needed.

Family Counseling Center is a private, non-profit whose mission is to provide an affordable path for people to achieve lifelong mental health. Since 1965, their counselors have served families, children, couples and individuals of Tehama County on a sliding scale. Many insurance plans are accepted. The center helps clients with a variety of issues, including depression, grief, anxiety, family conflict, anger management, domestic violence, and parenting education.

Hillary Lindauer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is executive director of the  Family Counseling Center. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1988 with a master's  degree in counseling, and has more than 20 years of experience working with families, individuals and children. To meet clients’ diverse needs, the center offers some evening and Saturday appointments.

“We are committed to serving those members of our community who might not get the help they need due to financial difficulties,” Lindauer says. About 60 percent of the center’s clients live at or below the federal poverty level.

The center uses principles and interventions from many evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Nurturing Parenting and The Gottman Method. It also provides a year-long child abuse prevention program approved by the Tehama County Probation Department.

The center was originally founded by a committee of Red Bluff Rotarians in 1963, and the center began operation two years later. To help with funding, an auxiliary was established, which created the Hope Chest thrift store. Proceeds from the thrift shop, in addition to donations from the community, help make it possible for the center to provide reduced-fee counseling for people with limited incomes. The Hope Chest is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Family Counseling Center recently opened a satellite counseling office in Corning.

For more information about the center, please visit