Hibiscus Children’s Center Helps Children Heal Through Mental Health Services


May is “Mental Health Awareness Month”.  Hibiscus Children’s Center provides Mental Health Services to children in our residential facilities and the community to help overcome the challenges they are facing.  Hibiscus specializes in the treatment of trauma-based disorders, behavioral health, infant mental health, and healing victims of sexual abuse. 

Hibiscus provides these services to children residing at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach and Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach and to children in our community. Professional outpatient counseling services are provided through the Hibiscus Community Mental Health Program which focuses on decreasing emotional and behavioral issues.  Our master-licensed therapists are trained in a variety of age appropriate and best practice treatment interventions and Hibiscus is the only Department of Health sanctioned Sexual Abuse Treatment Program on the Treasure Coast.  Hibiscus is working to help children heal and strengthen families in our community.  

Seven-year old Nathan (name changed) displayed aggressive behavior at home and school.  The Hibiscus Community Mental Health Counselor worked closely with Nathan and guided his mom how to communicate and not just react to behaviors.  The Counselor and Nathan practiced roll playing appropriate vs. inappropriate behaviors and learning how emotions impact behaviors.  The Counselor began to see significant progress with a decrease in aggressive behaviors and better communication.  Nathan told his teachers, “I don’t want to get angry at this school again. I am going to be happy and not fight anymore.”  Nathan is doing great and continues to improve his behavior every day and is enjoying life as all children should!

Lacey Buxton, LMHC, Director of Outpatient Services/Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator, shared "Every day we witness youth, just like Nathan, whose lives are transformed through the love, care and Mental Health Services provided by Hibiscus Children’s Center.  Our goal is to help children develop the necessary coping skills, heal from the trauma they have endured and grow into their fullest potential."   

For more information, please visit us at or call Hibiscus Community Mental Health Program at (772) 340-5750.