Therapy for the child and the family is important because:
All therapy has to be empathetic and child focused; and it is the child who sets the pace of therapy
In therapy the child is allowed to revisit the trauma in a safe and protective environment, and thus is able to move towards healing.
The family (especially the mother) also needs counseling – to accept the reality of the abuse, and to deal with the consequences of the abuse; while simultaneously being there for the child.
Therapy is a long journey and involves using a variety of techniques.