Clinical Counseling

Alliance For Children offers both individual and group counseling free of charge to families referred to the counseling program.

It is not unusual for a child to experience the following after a traumatic event has occurred:

  • Nightmares 
  • Flashbacks
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Poor grades
  • Fearfulness
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Self-harm 

Although these can be normal reactions to abuse, it is important for children to learn healthy ways of coping in order to decrease these symptoms. Even if your child does not exhibit any symptoms, it can be extremely beneficial for them to speak with a trained professional to process what happened in order to make sure the child understands and feels safe expressing his or her feelings. With the support of a protective caregiver and effective treatment, a child can recover without long-term effects. Effective treatment can include individual and/or group counseling. Sometimes children participate in both simultaneously because of the benefits they each provide.

Alliance For Children uses registered therapy dogs and therapy bunnies as an integral part of the childrens' group counseling experience. The dogs visit twice a month during group counseling to lessen the stress and anxiety of the children. Because of the unconditional love that they share, the therapy dogs now make scheduled lobby visits, assist in court preparation, individual counseling and when needed, in forensic interviews. The therapy bunnies hop from center to center in hopes of easing any anxiousness children may have. 

Alliance For Children offers free group counseling in both Spanish and English to protective parents of children who have received services through Alliance For Children. The parent counseling curriculum closely follows the children's counseling and empowers parents to play a significant role in their children's healing.

For more information about our Clinical Counseling Department, please contact Diana Davis, Director of Clinical Services.