"Every time we leave after a session, I have new ideas, positive feedback and things to do in between visits. I have benefited from counseling because I am learning things about my children that I didn't know."

— A Counseling client

The Counseling program offers individual, family and group counseling services to children and families who live in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. Youth In Need’s approach to counseling and to all clients is a strengths-based philosophy. This means that it’s necessary to explore and use internal strengths (abilities, coping skills and resilience) and external resources (family, friends, school, employers, religious affiliations and other community resources) of children, teens and families. 

Youth In Need believes that children, teens and families need information so they can make informed decisions. Education and resource-based information is offered to clients as a means of helping them explore options, become more knowledgeable about issues they face, become more skilled in managing their own lives, become better informed about service options and in better matching them with community resources.

Therapists collaborate with children, teens and families about the types of services that may best meet their needs, goals of service and tasks to achieve these goals. Finally, emphasis is placed on helping children, teens and families to transition through stages of individual and family development, manage stress and cope with the changes they face on a daily basis.


Eligibility, Enrollment and Cost

Clients must live in St. Charles or St. Louis Counties. Counseling services are provided at no cost.


Community-Based and School-Based Locations

School-based counseling services are offered in the following school districts:
  • St. Charles County: City of St. Charles, Orchard Farm, Francis Howell and Wentzville
  • Lincoln County: Elsberry and Winfield
  • St. Louis County: Jennings, Hazelwood, Riverview Gardens, Pattonville, Parkway, Ritenour, Valley Park, Lindbergh and Maplewood Richmond Heights
Youth In Need also provides community-based counseling in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, parents/guardians should call:

  • In St. Charles County: 636-946-0101 or e-mail
  • In St. Louis County: 314-594-5010 or e-mail
  • In Lincoln County: 636-345-4071 or e-mail