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Children's Services

Barbara Sinatra Center For Abused Children

Individual, group and family therapy addressing issues related to child abuse and neglect.

Services Offered

Family Counseling • Group Counseling • Individual Counseling • Psychiatry • Support Groups • Child Counseling


The Children's Center effectively partners with public and private schools to educate kindergarten and first grade students about warning signs and provide information on what to do when confronted with abusive behavior.

Other programs and services include:

  • Psychological/Psychosocial Assessment: Initial counseling sessions with child and parent(s)/guardian(s). During assessment, a thorough intake is conducted to document client and family psychological, medical and psychosocial history.
  • Sexual Abuse Assessment: Counseling sessions requested by Child Protective Services or law enforcement to help determine if a child has been sexually abused.
  • Individual Psychotherapy: One-on-one therapy with clinician and pre-adolescent or adolescent client, or an adult associated with the client. Weekly sessions are supportive, educational, insight-oriented and behavior modifying. Individual counseling may involve the use of art, clay, sand tray and other therapy tools as well as assessing non-verbal communication. These methods assist interaction between therapist and child, and are particularly advantageous with children who have not yet developed adequate verbal skills to express feelings, and situations, or whose trauma is so severe that verbalizing is not an option.
  • Group Therapy: Weekly therapy in group settings for six to eight clients of similar age, symptoms and difficulties that last approximately 60 minutes and are integral parts of individually designed therapy programs.
  • Tennis Life Skills: The Center has partnered with the USTA/National Tennis & Learning Network, a nationwide group of community tennis programs seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis education. The program promotes positive teamwork, fosters communication/listening skills and character development. This group instills in children the values of leadership, academic excellence, and conflict resolution, all through developing their tennis skills and sportsmanship.
  • Sexual Abuse Therapy Groups:Brings together clients of similar gender and age who have been sexually molested; share their feelings; complements individual counseling.
  • AMAC (Adults Molested As Children): Adult women molested as children share life struggles and support for positive interaction and growth. Open to the public.
  • Non-offender Mother's Group: Non-offending adult mothers of abused children counseled at the BSCC support one another. Open to mothers whose children are Barbara Sinatra Children's Center (BSCC) clients. Mothers share their successes, concerns and fears; discuss how to help their child move forward without guilt and with confidence; helps mothers deal with and move beyond their own possibly abusive relationships. Spanish/Bilingual.
  • Family Therapy: Therapy in which the client and family members meet to help modify behaviors and provide support. Abusive family members are not a part of any Children's Center counseling protocol.
  • Counseling Childhood Disorders: Counseling is beneficial to parents of a child with the following, and other disorders and traumas. Family and primary victim counseling reduces the potential for further abuse and improves the mental health and well being of the child. Topics include: Anger Management Aggression Sexual Abuse Issues Issues of Grief/Loss/Bereavement Blended Family Issues Attention Deficit Disorder Low Self-Esteem Childhood Depression and Anxiety Academic Underachievement Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Learning Disorders Divorce Reaction Domestic Violence Issues Sexual, Physical & motional Abuse Issues Sleep Disturbances
  • Teen Girls Self-Esteem Program: Weekly group sessions to develop confidence and self-esteem to positively impact the child's inner and outer self. Professionals volunteer to teach grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition, music, art, communication and other confidence building appropriate to this age group.
  • Bosley the Bear Good Touch/Bad Touch: An abuse prevention and detection community outreach interactive puppet-show. Program teaches elementary school children about "good touch/bad touch" and what to do and who to tell if abuse occurs. 30-minute sessions are held at public and private elementary schools for multiple classes of 25 to 30 students.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation: Provided by on-site contract licensed psychiatrist, with appropriate monitoring.


39000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 33.7620951 -116.405704

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish



  • Services provided on a sliding scale


  • Children accepted

How to Apply

Call 760-340-2336 to schedule an appointment.

Referrals for counseling come from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to the Office of the District of Riverside County California, all area school districts, Child Protective Services, California Victims of Crime Program, law enforcement, Yellow Pages, physicians, social workers, relatives, the Betty Ford Center, as well as self-referrals and other agencies whose mission is directed at the care of children in need.

Call for an appointment.