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About Us

The Poenisch Counseling Center

For over 87 years, Sunny Glen Children's Home has served children who are in need of a place of hope. In the summer of 2017, our organization added counseling to the available services. Counseling services are now available to our RGV community -- not just to residents. We offer individual, couples, family, and group counseling to people of all ages. We have a beautiful counseling center with four offices and a play therapy room. Look for the "Poenisch Counseling Center" on the Sunny Glen Campus. Our building has been named after the Poenisch family in honor of their significant contributions towards building the counseling center.

Our LPC-Associate

Chelsea Ann Peralez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, who operates under the supervision of Mr. Juan Hernandez, LPC-S. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Rural Mental Health Care from Texas A&M University in Kingsville in the summer of 2023 and has experience working with children, teens, and young adults. Chelsea has a background in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma, and grief/loss and employs a comprehensive approach to address a wide spectrum of mental health concerns. With experience in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy Techniques, Solution-Focused, and Art Therapy Techniques, she offers tailored, multi-faceted interventions to support individuals navigating through various challenges. Her inclusive and versatile methods create a safe, expressive space, fostering healing and empowerment for clients across diverse backgrounds and needs. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys traveling, baking delicious treats, and spending time with her sweet fiancé, Alex.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Additional appointment times by request

Se habla español.

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Community Partnerships

Sunny Glen Children's Home believes in community partnerships. We have reached an agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding with several diverse resources to support our community their with mental health needs. 


Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Children's Advocacy Centers of Cameron and Willacy Counties


Palms Behavioral Health


DHR Health

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