Therapy

Children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have experienced sexual abuse may be referred for therapy.  Several types of therapy are offered including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, body safety, individual workshops, age-specific therapy groups, and parent support groups.

All therapists at the Children’s Assessment Center have specialized trauma training and are experienced in utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches with children and adolescents.  The goal of therapy is to provide a safe space for families to engage in their healing journeys through the guidance of client-centered, individualized treatment goals.  Staff at the Children’s Assessment Center believe that no family should have to endure child sexual abuse, and as a result provide all counseling services at no cost.  Therapy generally consists of weekly or bi-weekly counseling appointments and may include play, art, sensory, or sand tray interventions among other treatment practices to best meet the needs and interests of children, adolescents, and adults.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): is an evidence-based treatment for children and caregivers that assists families in understanding the impact of trauma and provides children with skills to assist in managing and reducing trauma reactions and symptoms.  This treatment utilizes gradual exposure to help children and adolescents to be able to address the trauma that they experienced and to share their trauma with an identified safe adult, which is generally their parent or caregiver.

For more information regarding therapy through the CAC, please contact Lead Therapist, Ashley Jansma, at ajansma@cac-kent.org or (616) 336-5137.

PSB Screenings

Problematic Sexualized Behavior (PSB) screenings are offered for children aged 9 and under who have not disclosed sexual abuse but have exhibited sexualized behaviors.  If you have concerns regarding your child’s behaviors, please contact Clinical Services Manager, Sarah Zuidema, at szuidema@cac-kent.org or 616-719-4689 to schedule a PSB screening for your child.

For more information regarding problematic sexualized behaviors, please refer to the National Children’s Alliance: Addressing Youth and Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors.