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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.