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.
Cindy Cochran, LAPC
Michelle Walraven, LCSW