WTLC’s Therapeutic Children’s Program provides a safe and nurturing environment where children affected by domestic violence can heal, learn, and grow. Clinical Advocates work with children and their families living on-site in Bridge Housing or out in the community, emphasizing physical, psychological, and emotional safety as they work towards recovery and empowerment.
Individual Counseling: Children work one-on-one with a counselor to resolve issues associated with having lived in a household where domestic violence was taking place, building self-esteem and healthy coping mechanisms. Children and their caregivers set individualized treatment goals with their counselors, developing strategies to reduce symptoms and overcome anxiety, behavioral issues, and other mental health concerns. Counselors trained in Play Therapy work with children as young as 3 years old to provide support and healing to our youngest survivors.
Group Counseling: Children connect with their peers through age-appropriate group therapy, processing their experiences in an accepting and non-judgmental environment. Art and play therapy provide creative outlets as children work through their trauma.
Family Counseling: Children and their families learn healthy coping mechanisms, work on communication skills, and have access to a safe and structured environment in which to have difficult family discussions.
Parent Training: Parents have access to individual and group Parent Training services to help learn effective parenting skills, becoming empowered to support their child’s behavior and development as part of the healing process.