About Us

The mission of Oasis is to help women and children heal, grow and overcome difficult life challenges by providing affordable mental health counseling and innovative education programs in a respectful and nurturing environment.


Oasis shares joy


“Oasis Founder Anne B. LaRussa shares a laugh with her daughter Karen Persinger”


Oasis is one of the few women's counseling centers in the state, providing services to women throughout the life span, from the very young to the very wise.

Oasis provides individual, couples, group, and family counseling, as well as art therapy and play therapy. Fees are determined on the basis of a sliding fee scale. To learn more about our counseling services, or to schedule an appointment, please call 205.933.0338 to speak with an Intake Counselor.


History

Oasis Counseling for Women and Children was founded in 1995 by Anne Bruno LaRussa as an outgrowth of her graduate work in counseling at UAB. Based on her needs assessment of underserved women in the Birmingham area, Anne's vision was to provide mental health services and educational programs at fees that every woman could afford. With the support of a diverse group of women in the community, Oasis opened its doors on 14th Avenue and 19th Street on Birmingham's Southside, utilizing two beautiful historic neighboring houses.


Services

One of the few counseling centers in the state of Alabama devoted exclusively to women and children, Oasis provides:

  • Services to women throughout the life span, all on a sliding fee scale.
  • Individual, group, family, art, and play therapy.
  • Innovative educational groups.
  • A safe, peaceful, home-like environment in which women and children can heal and grow.