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Counseling Institute of Texas opened their Rock Garden to the public.  

This project is designed to spread joy and kindness. Our community garden is located at Counseling Institute of Texas located at 3200 Southern Blvd, Suite 100  Garland, TX 75043. While this garden is used for our play therapy clients, it is also is open to all.  Please feel free to leave a rock, take a rock, or hide a rock. Please leave as many or more than you take while our garden is growing.

Rock Guidelines: Only decorate rocks with paint. No advertising. All rocks should be motivational and uplifting. No profanity. Write Kindness Rocks on the back and the facebook symbol. Seal with clearcoat for weatherproofing.

Hiding Guidelines: No hiding on private property, cemeteries, national or state parks. Only hide outdoors. Do not hide rocks anywhere that could cause harm, like in bike paths or hidden in grass that might be mowed.

Participation Guidelines: Paint rocks according to the guidelines. Post pics of the rocks with or without clues to where you might hide them on the Facebook page at

Leave the rock  in the garden or out in the community.  Also take pics of any rocks found and post on the Facebook to bring joy to the painter.  The rock is then either yours to keep, exchange or re-hide. Enjoy and remember: Kindness Rocks!


Susan Hennum appointed New Executive Director

Susan Hennum long time Director, Administrative Services was appointed by the CIT Board of Directors to assume the role of Executive Director after Maria Molett retired on December 18, 2015.   Ms. Molett and Ms. Hennum had both been with CIT since it’s inception in 1986.

Ms. Hennum has a long standing list of contributions to the Garland Community.  She is a graduate of Leadership Garland as well as a past member of the City of Garland Planning and Zoning Commission, Past President of the Citizens Police Academy and past Board member for the Garland Transitional Learning Center just to name a few.

Ms. Hennum is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Garland. She has held various office on a local level.   On a District level she was a Distinguished Governor for the Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis District 2011/2012.  She currently serves as Growth Chair for the District.

Ms. Hennum was honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013.  black and white head shot  2CIT logo copy

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month

Did you know that Dating violence is more common than many people think?
According to the organization Love is Respect, one in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

If you are a parent of a teen experiencing dating violence, please call us here at CIT at 972-271-4300 and ask about our Family Tree Program which provides 6 free sessions for students 17 and under and their parent(s).

image002 CIT is a provider for the Family Tree Program which is                                                                 administered by CCD Counseling PA.

Counseling Institute of Texas To Partner With Family Tree Program


The Family Tree Program provides free short-term services for Denton and Dallas County youth and their families.  In attempt to reach all families in the DFW area, they have partnered with various agencies.  CIT is excited to announce that we will be able to offer services on behalf of Family Tree.   Here are the things you need to know.

General Eligibility

Youth is under 18 years old, and meets one of the following criteria:

1. There is family conflict (normal conflict – arguing, bickering, etc…)    2. Youth has runaway
3. Youth has been truant
4. Youth has been delinquent

Primary Services:                                                                                                               1. brief family counseling                                                                              2.parenting skills groups in conjuction with family counseling                    3. youth skills groups in conjuction with family counseling           


Cost for Service:        FREE…Paid for by State of Texas

Is there an income limit to be eligible?  No. If Bill Gate’s daughter starts missing curfew and arguing with her parents, they would be eligible.

Are there eligibility exceptions?  Yes. We can’t serve some with CPS cases and we can’t serve  adjudicated youth. We CAN serve deferred adjudication youth. Clients must enter into services voluntarily, and their presenting problem must be appropriate for brief therapy.

Who Do I  Call?  Call CIT at 972-271-4300