The SD Center for Counseling provides therapeutic services to children impacted by traumatic events in order to help them overcome the challenges they face, reduce their suffering and stop the cycle of abuse and victimization.
The SD Center for Counseling provides therapeutic services for children impacted by traumatic events such as witnessing domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical or sexual assault, and community violence. The staff at SD Center for Counseling is committed to treating our clients with the highest level of care and providing the individual attention that they deserve in order to heal from these events. As experienced trauma therapists and child advocates, SDCC believes that there are circumstances in which the use of Evidenced Based Therapeutic Services is necessary to support the body and minds natural intelligence and healing process.
Our goal is to support our clients and provide a safe and caring environment for healing. We work to empower each individual to assert themselves and to be able to feel confident in who they are. We help kids to express themselves in their own unique ways and are mindful of each individual’s pace of healing and disclosure. We strive to build resilience in families and develop greater attachment bonds. Our ultimate goal is to support the change from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjectiveemotional experience of the event.
The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Imagine how children must feel, helpless and powerless to the terrible situations that they have to endure, with no light or hope that they can avoid this pain!When a child is exposed to a traumatic experience, such as domestic violence or abuse, they may need some help in coping with the trauma. Children respond differently to a trauma and their symptoms may be ignored or forgotten, since most think they are “acting fine”. Frequently, children become sad, worried, angry, frightened, or withdrawn but are forced to “bounce back” to be able to keep up at home and school.
Although there are many possible responses and no child will respond the same way, other signs of trauma can include:
Children who have experienced an initial traumatic event before 11 years old are 3 times more likely to develop psychological symptoms than people who experience their first trauma as an adult. Traumatic experiences can damage a child if left unspoken about and untreated. Helping a child through a traumatic experience is important for building a child’s resilience (ability to cope), so that they learn how to face what has happened, grieve over it, then put their life back together again and move forward. Help for children who have experience a traumatic event should begin as soon as possible after the event has occurred.
Therapy is important to identify how the child is coping with the trauma, to understand that their silence doesn’t necessarily mean that they have not been affected and to provide support, reassurance and healing. SDCC also believes that families need to be supported as well. Trauma impacts every member of the family and we believe that all parties need to be supported in order to heal from these negative events so that lives can be healed and true joy can be experienced by all!