Kids/Teens

Being a kid in this day and age can be tough. Being abused or neglected as a child or adolescent can make it feel downright impossible. For parents and kids alike, traumatic events like sexual abuse and the many, many ways it impacts kids can feel like a nightmare.

Your lives have exploded since the story came out. Your child doesn’t know how to handle the feelings. You, as a parent, don’t know how to help. Sometimes it can even seem that everything you do makes it worse.

Kids who have been sexually abused often either “act in” or “act out”. Sometimes, they swing back and forth between the two.

Acting “In” looks like…

  • staying in their room all the time
  • moping around
  • thoughts of hurting themselves, death, or running away
  • shutting down
  • “I don’t want to talk about it!”
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Frequent tummy aches or other illnesses
  • School refusal
  • Failing in school
  • Sleep problems
  • Losing interest in activities they’ve always loved
  • hygiene problems
  • hours and hours online
  • perfectionism

Acting out looks like…

  • Slamming doors and tantrums
  • Problems with peers
  • Cutting and self-harm
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Bullying
  • Sexual acting out
  • Aggression
  • School behavior problems
  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Disobedience
  • Hitting/fighting
  • Suicide attempts
  • Running away

We know. The list goes on and on. Sexual abuse can truly be devastating to kids and teens.

The good news is there is help. Our counselors know how to relate to kids. We earn their trust and use age-appropriate activities like art, play, and movement to help them learn to calm down and express themselves.

 

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We use state-of-the-art techniques such as EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help them heal. And we know how important you as a parent are in their healing, so we have plenty of supports for parents, too.

We meet your child where they are at and help them learn to grow into the fantastic kid you know they are.

Many parents (and kids, too) worry that what happened has ruined their lives. We know that domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse are horrible experiences, definitely. But your child is in charge of deciding how their life turns out.

With the right help, your child can learn to manage his or her emotions. He or she can understand what happened and that it was not their fault. Kids are so resilient. Our clinicians give them the tools they need to overcome the affects of even sexual abuse and take charge of their lives.

Trauma does not have to be a lifelong sentence. In fact, healing from traumatic experiences can teach kids how to tap into strengths they never thought possible. Get them started today with just a phone call and find the perfect counselor for your child.

Serving Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Hutto & Surrounding Areas

*Adults *Kids *Teens *Parents/Partners

 

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Round Rock, TX 78665

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512-400-4790

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