Children and Teen Programs
The Children's Program serves residential and non-residential children and youth who are affected by domestic and sexual violence. Both children’s workers provide services and referrals to children of all ages.
Individual counseling is available for primary and secondary victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, monthly meetings between the therapist and parent are encouraged in order to discuss trauma-informed parenting skills and the child's progress in therapy.
Sexual Assault Therapist: Maggie Pickering, MSW
The Sexual Assault Therapist is able to meet with residential and non-residential children who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence. This children’s worker uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to focus on materials such as enhancing safety and social skills, the differences between good touch and bad touch, identifying safe people, and building healthy relationships in order to help your child heal from their trauma.
Children's Therapist: Lauren Pauwels, LLMSW
The Children’s Therapist is able to meet with residential and non-residential children who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. This children’s worker uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to focus on materials such as enhancing safety and social skills, identifying safe people, building healthy relationships, and coping with loss and separation to help your child heal from their trauma. Advocacy is also provided to ensure the child's best interest in areas of school, child-care, and medical issues.
Our staff understands the stress and difficulties you and your children have experienced and are here to help you. We can help with a variety of services including, but not limited to:
• Enhancing safety and social skills
• Identifying and expressing feelings
• Cognitive coping skills
• Relaxation and mindfulness skills
• Loss and separation
• Discipline & Reinforcement techniques
• Parenting Psychoeducation
• Help resolve the way trauma impacts the child’s life
• Referrals for all children’s needs
If you have any questions or concerns about your experience or your children’s, or if you would like to set up counseling services, please contact Maggie or Lauren at 989-686-4551.