Victims of domestic violence are exposed to chronic interpersonal and traumatic stress. This is also true for their children.
As trauma disrupts people’s lives and their ability to function, trauma counseling provides the opportunity to recover from traumatic events.
Counseling helps adults and children learn effective coping strategies to reduce anxiety, stress and improve their ability to function. It also provides the opportunity to evaluate and make appropriate mental health referrals.
The counseling program includes:
Support group & individual counseling for adults: to help victims overcome isolation and receive ongoing support
Support group & play therapy for children: to help children develop coping skills, increase self-esteem and resiliency
Anxiety and Depression classes: to help adults learn the skills necessary to recognize and manage anxiety, stress, and depression
Parenting Support: to teach families how to parent children of trauma and increase the parent child bond
A paramount goal of the program is to reduce the risk of post- traumatic stress disorder, depression and other indicators of adverse effects of family violence so that families can heal together, regain a sense of control over their lives and find the courage to overcome adversities.