Therapy for child and immediate family

Therapy for child and immediate family

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Therapy for the child and the family is important because:

  • 1. The child who has been abused experiences a range of distressing emotions
  • 2. Disclosure often results in family disruption – more if the abuser is an immediate member of the family
  • 3. Exposure to the criminal justice system also impacts the child and the family

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.

 

    The goal of therapy is to help the child (and the family) to move from :

  • being the “victim” to “survivor” and then “to thrive”
  • a sense of helplessness and hopelessness to a sense of empowerment and control