Child & Family Counseling
To schedule an intake appointment for your child’s first counseling session, contact the Family Support Program’s Intake Coordinator directly at (614) 722-8212. If you have additional questions and/or concerns about follow-up counseling, please contact one of the available social workers by calling (614) 722-8210.
There are some individual and group-counseling programs that are grant funded in our Family Support Program (FSP) and you may not have any out-of-pocket expenses. You may also be eligible for reimbursement of expenses through the Ohio Attorney General Crime Victim Services.
Every therapist is different. However, many will have some flexibility in their schedules to try to accommodate you. We firmly believe that investing time in counseling now can help your child deal with the thoughts and feelings that often occur with victims of abuse. Our therapist can help him/her improve their ability to deal with current circumstances and other difficult situations, which may occur later in life. Many times, abuse does not leave lasting physical scars. Therefore, people, including the children, are tempted to think that further treatment is unnecessary. It is important to help make sure your child is healing mentally and emotionally from what has happened to him/her. A trained therapist can be invaluable in this process. Your support and active participation will help with the success of treatment. Often, the counselor is able to estimate how long the treatment might last and discuss any concerns.
It is not a therapist’s job to take over any of your responsibilities as a parent. Parents can often be blindsided by their child’s abuse. Sometimes outside professional support and expertise can help the whole family heal from this experience in a healthier manner. Therapy offers an added safety net for your child and family to help ensure that you all will have the tools to cope with this experience. We know that the most important person in your child’s life at this time is you. Your belief in your child, willingness to protect him/her and love for him/her is irreplaceable. Counseling is meant as a support that will enhance what you are already seeking to provide to your child.
Counseling for sexual and/or physical abuse is meant to address issues and help your child and family heal from that experience. The counseling for sexual and/or physical abuse is a different type of counseling than the counseling your child has had in the past to address their general behavioral concerns. Your child may need continued therapeutic interventions to address other mental health and/or behavioral issues. It will be important to discuss this concern with the treatment team that is providing the counseling for the sexual and/or physical abuse.
Other parents have struggled with believing their child’s disclosure of abuse. It may be especially difficult to believe your child when the person they are accusing is someone you have trusted. What we know is that the overwhelming majority of children do not lie about their victimization history. A counseling environment provides a safe place for your child and you to express what you think and feel without judgment. A skilled therapist, who has expertise addressing abuse issues, will help you to work through your concerns.`