TACA Marriage & Family Counseling Groups


Couples who have children with autism face serious and ongoing challenges maintaining healthy relationships with their partners and family members. Challenges of time, finances, education and raising a child on the spectrum can be exhausting for couples, placing increasing amounts of stress on each parent and their marriage.We will meet weekly to discuss how to better care for yourselves and your marriage. You can be an effective loving partner and parent. Learn how tobetter support your spouse and work together to manage your stress and to increase your coping.

Groups for couples will be held in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

Los Angeles:

TACA's Marriage Counseling Group in L.A. is funded by TACA and is free for TACA families.

  • Group size is limited to five couples and will meet six times.

  • Group time and dates: will be arranged

  • Location: The Los Angeles Group office location is at 864 So. Robertson, LA (betweenWilshire and Olympic)

  • Registration: Please call Susan Gonzales, LCSW 310-770-5009 for more information and to register.

Orange County:

TACA's Marriage Counseling Group Orange County is funded through Regional Center of Orange County. Additional respite funding is also available. There is no cost to families. The Orange County group will meet in Irvine.

  • Group size is limited to five couples and will meet eight times.

  • Group time and dates: will be arranged

  • Location: Office location is in Irvine, California at the corner of MacArthur Blvd & Jamboree Road, adjacent to the 73 freeway.

  • Registration: Please contact Susan Gonzales, LCSW or Karen Cladis, LMFT for more information and to register.

  • Important notes: TACA began this couples group in Orange County due to funding received from an anonymous sponsor. We were also able to access professionals who have expertise with couples who have a family member with autism to lead the groups. Due to previous funding and successful group reports, additional funding has become available allowing us to expand these programs.

Couples will be asked for a commitment to attend all six weekly sessions (LA group), or all eight weekly sessions (Orange County group) and to complete questionnaires prior to and after the completion of sessions.

Each couple will meet with group leaders prior to the first session to discuss their goals. First come, first serve - please sign up as soon as possible before availability is gone.

Couples are required to attend together to qualify.

No-shows on the first date of counseling will lose their spot in the program to the first people on the wait list.

Unfortunately, no changes on meeting dates or times can be accomodated. Please check your schedule before committing to this program.

You must be a TACA member and have a child with autism to apply for the LA program.

Special thanks to TACA's anonymous sponsor for helping us start this important program.