Sex abuse counseling in Shawnee
Trauma-Focused Child Therapy
Does your child need therapy?
A child’s reactions to abuse will vary from mild to more serious effects. Some children show signs immediately, while others may have delayed symptoms.
Even if your child is not showing any symptoms of trauma at this time, it is best to let a professional therapist evaluate them. Your initial instincts might tell you that your child should just forget about the abuse, and you might be reluctant to let the child talk about the abuse.
Child & Family Therapy
Unfortunately, denial will not make your child’s experience with trauma go away.
Most children do not just forget about abuse and need professional help to recover from their trauma. The purpose of counseling is not to dwell on the details of the abuse, but to help your child deal with the feelings that he/she is experiencing and help your child heal. Counseling is extremely beneficial to children because it helps them develop a healthy self-image, learn to trust again, identify ways to stay safe and find ways to feel more in control.
We’re Here to Help
Your child may need continued counseling after the initial therapy visit.
This does not mean that your child has been affected for life. If your child needs additional therapeutic services at a later date, do not be alarmed. At different stages of life there are different concerns with which your child may need help.
As a parent, you may also need help in dealing with your child’s trauma and your own feelings.
In most instances when a child is sexually abused, all family members will be affected. If you were a victim of sexual abuse, your child’s abuse may bring back difficult memories. A therapist may be able to help you as well since your response to the abuse will play a large part in your child’s healing.
In all situations, it is important to assess if the child and the family can benefit from counseling.
How it Works
Through a contract and partnership with PACES, part of the Wyandot Behavioral Health Network, Sunflower House offers a full spectrum of mental and behavioral health services designed to help children and adolescents cope with feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety or grief following a report of abuse.
Services provided are based on availability. Treatment options will be discussed between you and your therapy provider.
Services we provide:
- Child, non-offending Caregiver and Family Therapy
- Support Groups
Modalities we use:
- Play therapy
- Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Sunflower House therapy services are available for families who have been seen at Sunflower House for a forensic interview and referred by the Sunflower House family advocate.
Not eligible? Contact us at 913-631-5800 and we can point you in the right direction.
Your family advocate at Sunflower House can schedule a therapy intake appointment for you.
If you have questions regarding that appointment, please contact your family advocate at 913-631-5800.
“Sunflower House staff was very professional, personable and kind. They made my children feel comfortable and safe. Thank you for your support and compassion.”
“I’m thankful that places like this are here to help in a situation like the one we have right now. My kids are safe now.”
“I am very thankful this center exists for the children facing this it goes a long way in rebuilding the trust and safe boundaries that have been broken for them. I’m amazed at how at ease I felt through this terrible process.”