Helping you tap the motivation and energy to accomplish your goals.

Comprehensive care for your emotional health

Lighthouse Guild’s Dorothy Strelsin Behavioral Health Clinic is the only behavioral health center in the United States focused on people who are blind, visually impaired, or at risk for vision loss. We also offer services to families and caretakers as they manage issues related to living with and caring for an individual with a vision impairment or at risk of vision loss.  We are uniquely qualified to address your fears and obstacles, identify physical and emotional behaviors that no longer serve you, and forge a path of care to achieve your goals. Services are offered through face-to-face and telehealth visits, based on your preferences and needs. 

To start, we conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the right treatment plan for you. We then prioritize your individual issues and work through them with you, one by one, to make positive changes in your life.

How counseling helps

We offer individual therapy, couples and family counseling, and group therapy. We match you with the treatments that are most likely to meet your needs. Regardless of format, counseling can help you:

  • Learn to cope better
  • Improve communication with others
  • Resolve conflict more easily
  • Deepen connections with your loved ones
  • Take more control of your life

No other place deals with behavioral health and provides the supportive services needed to help someone transition into blindness like Lighthouse Guild.

Wayne, client

Formats for individuals, couples, and families

Through individual psychotherapy (talk therapy), you may be able to:

  • Relieve anxiety and stress
  • Cope with major life changes
  • Learn to manage unhealthy behaviors
  • Adjust to physical health problems
  • Recover from drug or alcohol abuse
  • Address sexual problems

Couples and family psychotherapy (talk therapy) can help you address:

  • Marital problems
  • Financial problems
  • Conflict with parents or children
  • The impact of substance abuse or mental illness on your family

Group therapy

With group therapy, you can share your experiences and learn from people who are dealing with some of the same challenges you’re facing. We have special groups for people with:

  • Vision loss
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Cardiometabolic illnesses (such as diabetes or heart disease)
  • Substance abuse

With Lighthouse Guild’s help, I have been able to put together a set of behavioral tools that help guide and motivate me.

Robert, client
Robert Schonefeld, client


To relieve symptoms, some people may require psychiatric medications, often in addition to counseling. If a psychiatrist believes that you may benefit from medication, we help you understand the importance of taking it as prescribed to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Connecting your health

Your care team will connect you with other health care services you may need. We personally escort you to programs and services in our facility to support your overall health and wellness. You can even attend medical appointments on the same day. Your care team will:

  • Integrate care with your primary care provider and specialists
  • Help you access additional health care and social services
  • Act as your liaison with outside agencies
  • Provide guidance to you and your family to adapt your social and home environments

Personalized, coordinated care: from evaluation through treatment and beyond

  • Counseling Services

    Participating in individual, couples, family, and/or group psychotherapy can relieve your anxiety and help you change unhealthy behaviors.

    Counseling Services: Learn More
  • Maintain Your Independence

    We strive to help you remain in your community, enter a vocational or rehabilitation program, and avoid psychiatric hospitalization.

    Maintain Your Independence: Learn More
  • Integrated Care

    We provide integrated medical care in partnership with the Lighthouse Guild Healthcare Center. We can also help you access outside healthcare and social services.

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