A Guidance Center Welcome

Your behavioral health is important to us!  The Guidance Center welcomes you to visit our website for information about our behavioral and substance use progams for children, adolescents and adults.  If the need arises, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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We serve

  • The Guidance Center offers counseling services for children at our six clinics in western Arkansas.  We also provide medication management, testing services and school-based services.  Specialty services for children include a preschool-aged program and a therapeutic foster care program.

  • Outpatient therapy is available for teens which include individual, group and family services.  The Horizon program is for adolescents with both a psychiatric and a substance use disorders. The residential program is available for adolescences ages 13-17 throughout Arkansas and the U.S. 

  • Adults


    For over 44 years, The Guidance Center has provided services for adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. In addition to outpatient counseling we offer group therapy, substance use treatment, day treatment and testing services.

Mental Health Programs & Information

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Therapeutic foster parents needed:
WATCH Offers Extensive Training

contact: melanie taylor (479) 471-5950

Therapeutic means healing, and to foster is to nurture. Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) does just that: provide children with mental health needs an opportunity to heal in a nurturing and supportive environment. WATCH is the Guidance Center's TFC program and is currently looking for caring and loving foster parents. For more information on becoming a WATCH foster parent, please click here.

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Preschool program at The Learning Center

contact: The Learning Center at (479) 471-5950 or Fort Smith Clinic at (479) 452-6650

 LEAP, Learning Enrichment & Appropriate Play, is a preschool program for  children ages 3-5 years old. The program focuses on behavioral concerns and peer interaction in a structured classroom environment.  LEAP is now in Van Buren and Fort Smith for qualifying students. Click or call today for details.


image descriptionDealing With Stress:
10 Tips to Reduce

 According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (January 2015), stress   andstress-related illnesses are on the rise. Stress is so commonplace in our  fast-paced society that it seems like a way of life for many. For the full article, visit http://blog.ctrinstitute.com/10-tips-reduce-stress.


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Mental Health is Ageless:
Dealing with Depression

visit: nimh.gov

Depression is not a normal part of aging. Yet depression is a widely under recognized and undertreated medical illness. Good mental helath can help you enjoy life, handle difficult situations, stay better connected to family, friends, your community and keep your body strong. For more information on good mental health at any age visit http://www.nimh.hih.gov/health/topics/older-adults-and-mental-health/index.shtml.

Guidance Center Resources

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    Suicide Information 

    If you know someone who is considering suicide, do not leave them alone.  Contact the nearest Emergency Room, call 911 or call The Guidance Center's Emergency After Hours Number at 800-542-1031.  You may also contact Suicide Prevention Lifeline number listed above.

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    My GC-Access to Your Private Mental Health Information 

    The Guidance Center is pleased to announce MyGC available for all Guidance Center clients. This new service will allow each client access to their medical records, diagnosis, treatment plan and other items related to their medical records.  Please click here for more information on enrolling in MyGC.

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    Community & Mental Health Information

    The Guidance Center is an active member in our local, state and national healthcare communities. We support local agencies with sponsorships and by attending community health, career and information events throughout the six county area.  Contact us at 479.452.6650 or at wacgc@wacgc.org to schedule us at your community event or function.  

Contact the guidance center

You may contact The Guidance Center by clicking the Contact Us link to the right.

Someone will reply to your email in a timely manner.  You may also call us at 479-452-6650.

  • About Us

    The Guidance Center, also known as Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center, has been providing hope and healing for those with mental, emotional, behavioral and substance use disorders for over 44 years...

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  • Hours of Operation

    Business hours

    Monday - Friday





  • Accreditation

    Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities.  Its mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.

  • Contact Us

    Mailing Address: 

    PO Box 11818,

    Fort Smith, AR 72917

    Please click here for complete list of clinics and other service locations.

Directions to Our Clinics

  • Fort Smith

    From Oklahoma:

    Take I-540, Exit 8 for AR-22/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

    From Van Buren:

    Follow I-540 to AR-22 E/Rogers Ave.
    Take Exit 8B
    Continue on AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Drive to S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Van Buren

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 North ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 2A to merge onto US-64 West toward Van Buren
    Turn right onto Oak Ln.
    Turn right to stay on Oak Ln.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Ozark

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 north ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 1B for I-40 East/I-540 North toward Little Rock
    Merge onto I-40 East
    Take Exit 35 for AR-23 toward Ozark/Huntsville
    Turn right onto AR-23 South

  • Booneville

    From Fort Smith:

    Take Interstate 540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South to Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto West Center St.
    Continue onto AR-10 East to North Welsh Ave.
    Turn right onto North Welsh Ave.
    Destination will be on the left.

  • Paris

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 8B to merge onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Keep left to continue on Rogers Ave.
    Continue onto to Fort Street
    Continue onto AR-22 East/West Central Ave.
    Turn right onto South 4th St.
    Turn left onto East Academy St.
    Turn right onto South 6th St.

  • Waldron

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn right onto Rice Rd.

  • Mena

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Continue to follow Dayton Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn left onto South Cherry St.

Our Clinic Locations

The guidance center Fort smith, ar 3111 South 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903-5017
(479) 452-6650