Children’s Friend – Outpatient Counseling


We strive to help families survive difficult times and return to their highest level of functioning. To accomplish this, we work collaboratively with physicians, other mental health and social service providers and schools. We encourage referrals from schools, agencies, hospitals and medical professionals for a wide range of services including individual, group, and family therapy, psychological testing, psychopharmacology, and parent training.
These services are provided through the four major programs:

  • The Carriage House, A Center for Grieving Children and Families
  • The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center
  • Adoption and Family Services
  • School Age Mothers (SAM) Program

All services provided in English only. Transportation not available for any of the programs except Age Mothers program. Mothers in the School Age Mothers program must obtain a bus pass.

Social skills group for children ages 8-10. Must call for meeting times and dates. No transportation or childcare available.Social Skills group for children ages 11-12. Must call for meeting times and dates. No transportation or childcare available.

Adoptive Parent Group does not have specific meeting times. It is based on interest.

Counseling Center hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays by appointment.
A clinician is available to our clients by telephone for after-hours emergencies. The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center is located at 20 Cedar Street, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Intake Dept.: 753-5425 (SKG 8-10)
Intake Dept.: 753-5425 (SKG 11-12)
Intake Dept.: 753-5425 (DBT)
(508) 856-7373 (School Age Mothers)
Karen Ludington,  Johanna Sagarin (Carriage House)
(508) 753-5425  Debbie Giza (Adoption parent group)

Support Groups

Type of Groups: Social Skills Group for 8-10 year olds, Social Skills Group for 11-12 year olds,DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) groups, School Age Mothers, Carriage House(grief support group), Adoption parent group


Varies by program. Most programs are age specific. Social skills groups are for kids 8-10 or 11-12, while School Age Mothers program is for pregnant and young mother registered in the Worcester Public Schools. Carriage house is for children ages 3-18 while Adoption parent group is for any adoptive parent or caregiver.


Contact Information

Phone 2
20 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Zip/Post Code


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