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.

The mission of Oasis Counseling for Women and Children is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable women, children and families by providing exceptional, professional mental health care in a safe and nurturing environment.

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.

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Oasis Founder Anne B. LaRussa with one of her daughters, Karen Persinger.