The Family Resource Center's Child Advocacy Center program employs therapists who have their Master's degree and are licensed or licensed-eligible in the fields of Professional Counseling or Clinical Social Work.

​Not every child responds to abuse or trauma in the same manner. Problems encountered by children who have been abused may include issues with anger and emotional outbursts, sadness and withdrawal, feelings of fear and anxiety, nightmares or issues with sleeping, and abuse of various substances, just to name a few.​ Children who have been sexually abused may also act out sexually with others and may have difficulty maintaining appropriate interpersonal boundaries. These and other problems commonly observed in abused and traumatized children are addressed in therapy.

​In some cases, people assume children are unaffected by their abusive or traumatic experiences because they do not talk about the abuse and/or do not exhibit outward signs of distress. These children may be using denial, avoidance, and numbing to cope with their experiences. It is important that these children also receive therapy to assist them in developing healthier ways of coping and dealing with the abuse.

​At the GCCAC, non-offending caregivers are also actively involved in the treatment of their children. Because the sexual abuse of a child can be intensely difficult for the adults in their lives, our therapists provide emotional support to caregivers throughout the process. The Family Advocate assigned to the child's case may make treatment referrals to adult therapists in the community for those parents interested in individual therapy for themselves.

​If your child is interested in receiving therapy, please contact the Gordon County Child Advocacy Center at 706-625-3311 to discuss next steps.

Ashley Duke

Ashley Duke has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of West Georgia, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Professional Counseling and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. Ashley is licensed by the State of Georgia as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Ashley has over four years of combined experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, community agencies, and the Floyd County School system.

Calli Cruz

Calli Cruz has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Calli is currently licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Georgia. Calli has a year and a half of combined experience working with children, adolescents, and providing family therapy in both outpatient and in home settings.