You know that you need to support your child through their trauma, but you’re not sure you’re quite equipped to help in every way they need.
Your family is loving and supportive. You truly care about each other’s well-being and everyone makes an effort to love one another. You embrace everyone for who they are and what they’ve experienced and you really try to honor everyone’s truth.
But ever since your child’s traumatic event, you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. You’re at a loss for the best ways to help them through their pain and you’re scared they’re going to be scarred for life.
You don’t doubt your ability to be a loving and supportive parent. But when it comes to your child, you’re starting to see the impact their trauma is having on their life. They often choose to be alone rather than interact with friends and family. And they don’t seem to be as present or shine as bright as they used to.
The trauma seems to really have changed them.
Safety and security are so important for growing kids, and it’s painful to believe that your child has already experienced what it’s like to be without both.
You don’t believe that their life is changed forever. But you do admit they might need more help coping with their circumstances than you can give. All you want is for your fun-loving child to feel stable enough to truly be themselves.
Right now, your child’s trauma is interrupting their happiness, and you’re wanting to intervene before it becomes their normal way of life.
Child Trauma Counseling at Urban Wellness is best for those who are 8 – 17 and looking to for ways to cope with their trauma on a day-to-day basis. Counseling helps your child process their thoughts and feelings in a less anxious way, so they can feel more in control of the things that set them off.
Your child will benefit from Trauma Therapy if:
There are certain situations where your child might not be ready for Counseling sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:
If you are currently experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.
Trauma Counseling for children and teens is meant to help your child build coping skills to be able to handle negative experiences and emotions. Together with a counselor, your child will strive to identify safety and stability in the world around them so they can move past things that trigger their trauma. They will discover ways to feel more connected to friends and family even when situations scare them or cause them anxiety.
Your child and their therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.
During this initial session, you and your child will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about your child and their biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting their current situation. You will also discuss the goals of therapy going forward together.
Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.
Initial sessions cost $180 and each follow-up session costs $160 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.
Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offer in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.
You are capable of getting out of bed and facing the day without panicking. It is possible to accept the unknown about your life and move forward while feeling like you will be ok even if something bad does happen. You will be able to experience new situations without feeling terrified that something will be out of your control.
It’s true your anxiety has made you question your ability to live a full life, but that does not mean
you cannot start to get a handle on the things that shut you down. Urban Wellness can help.
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.
Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive
Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.
Regardless of the cause, experiencing anxiety in your life can be debilitating. Maybe you’re feeling reluctance to leave your house or engage in social situations. Or your heart races every time you drive past the scene of an accident. Or you might find yourself continuing to think about what-if situations even when they are very unlikely. We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ anxiety focused therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin to navigate through anything that causes you to worry.