Our History

Galaxy Counseling Center was founded in 1975 by the Soroptimist International of Garland. Since that time, we have served over 50,000 families and individuals.

Highlights of the organization’s history include:

  • In 1975, Galaxy Counseling Center was established, making it the first free, nonprofit counseling agency in the Garland area.
  • In 1975-76, A student training program in partnership with local universities was implemented to increase the amount of available services without increasing costs.
  • In 1977, Galaxy began a program for younger children, including play therapy.
  • In 1979, Galaxy became a United Way affiliate.
  • In 1984, bilingual services (Spanish) were offered for the first time.
  • In 1999, the agency became part of a full-time Pre-Doctoral Internship Consortium. Galaxy also instituted an agency-wide outcome evaluation project to track client progress.
  • In 2001, Galaxy pioneered the original Elementary School Truancy Intervention program in North Texas, serving school-age children and their parents in the Garland Independent School District.
  • In 2005, Galaxy is recognized for outstanding service by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
  • In 2008, Galaxy therapists created Stand Up and Speak Out, an outreach program for adolescent girls covering the topics of self-esteem, personal safety, and sexual abuse/assault.
  • In May 2011 Galaxy was awarded the 2010-2011 Pam Blumenthal Award for Community Service, awarded by the Dallas Psychological Association.
  • In September 2012, Galaxy opened its first satellite office located in Plano to better serve the Collin County area.
  • In 2014 we added another session room to the Plano satellite office we opened in 2012 in response to growing demand by low income residents in Collin County.
  • GCC entered into formal agreements in 2014 to provide outpatient mental health services for 2 Federally Qualified Health Centers: the Collin County Health Clinic and Mission East Dallas, and Health Services of North Texas as part of our strategic initiative to integrate physical and mental health,
  • GCC was selected to participate in the 2014 Communities Foundation D3 Institute (Data Driven Decision making).
  • Dallas Social Venture Partners has selected GCC as their Special Opportunity Track investee for 2014.
  • By diversifying its funding sources in 2014, GCC has increased access to other population segments such as crime victims.