We are here to help you discover and strengthen ideas about who you are, what you deserve, and what is right for you.

Typically, your first visit to Ophelia’s Place will include a tour of our center. We’ll describe the different things we do here and show you around.

Next, there is a paperwork process that takes about 30 minutes. During this time, we’ll ask you to fill out a questionnaire and chat with us briefly about your interests. After you’ve completed this process, you are eligible to access drop-in and request any other services that may interest you. If you are interested in counseling or in a support group, we can get you signed up.

You’ll need parental consent to receive counseling if you are under 13 years of age. If you choose to do counseling, one of our great therapists will call you to schedule an introductory intake session where you’ll get to meet them and tell them more in depth about what you hope to focus on in counseling.

To get involved at Ophelia’s Place, simply drop in or give us a call. Our staff is always happy to welcome new girls into our community, and to answer any questions you may have. We are open from 3- 6 PM, Monday through Thursday. You can come by alone, with a female friend, or with a family member if you like.

We have a resource library full of all kinds of information, books on young women’s health and safety, healthy snacks, computers and telephones available for you to use. Our group room, where a lot of our support groups happen, is often a quiet, relaxing place where you can hang out, do homework, do art projects, read or spend time with friends.

If you are interested, we can help connect you to one of our support groups.

If you’d like to talk with one of us one-on-one, we are happy to talk with you more about your concerns and goals.

If you’d like to work with a counselor, we can help you find the best fit for your specific needs and concerns. Ophelia’s Place counselors are here to listen, help you brainstorm solutions and support you to make your own informed choices. We can also help you find other qualified counselors to best suit your goals and needs elsewhere if counseling at OP is full or is not the best option for you.

If there are other agencies in town that you’d like to know more about or get help and information from, we can help you get connected.

Here is one of our favorite local girls’ resources:

Western Rivers Girl Scouts Council (541) 485-5911

Join the Girl Scouts! Learn new skills, develop your leadership potential and have fun making friends. Girls ages 5-17 are welcome to join regardless of race, color, background, economic status, religion, or physical ability.

Girls’ Organizations/Resources:

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls: Actress Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker founded this organization to help young people cultivate their authentic selves. They emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” Educational, funny, and inspiring.

Healthy Relationships Website: Learn to recognize signs of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.

That’s Not Cool.Com: Stories, definitions and suggestions for what to say to folks who may be crossing your boundaries with texting, IM’ing and using other media in a way that feels uncool.

New Moon: A Magazine for girls and their dreams. Edited and created by and for girls ages 8-14. Commercial-free! Young writers & artists’ submissions welcome.

Health Tips for Girls

About Face: Media-savvy info and activism resources that promotes self-esteem for girls and women of all ages, sizes, colors and backgrounds.

GirlZone: All kinds of great articles, advice, facts and info about everything from sports to music to women’s history, feminism, careers, money, books, etc.

Girlstart: Math, science, games, stories about cool women, job information, etc.

GoGirlGo: Created by the American Women’s Sports Foundation, encouraging young female athletes.

GirlScout Teen Empowerment: Teen articles and info by the girl scouts.

National Organization for Women: Political activism, news & links.

The Freechild Project: has a vision of a society where every young person is engaged in powerful, purposeful, and positive partnerships with adults.

Girl With Pen: Feminist writers publicly and passionately dispels modern myths concerning gender, encouraging other feminist scholars, writers, and thinkers to do the same.

Young Writers Association: Provides elementary through high school youth with interactive literature-based experiences through workshops, publications, camps, classrooms and in inter-generational settings.

*Tween Empowerment & Information Websites:

(*Recommended for pre-teen girls ages 10 and up)

For Older Teens: Facts, resources and online support in a live chat community for various emotional and physical health issues/difficulties: drugs, anorexia, bulimia, abuse, alcoholism, etc.

Smartgirl: Surveys, creative writing opportunities, opinions and more. This is an interactive site.

Zoey’s Room: An interactive, educational website for girls 10-14. Math, science & technology. A $15 member fee ensures safe, private access for each girl, and one-on-one attention. (Ask your parents to sign you up!)

Girls, Inc.: This great interactive site features games, quizzes, survey-of-the-month, book reviews, information and stories on cool girls and women who make things happen.

For Girls and Their Dreams: Pen pals, book clubs, and information about girls around the world.