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Child Abuse Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

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Children who are victims of abuse often experience emotional difficulties. Whether it has been sexual, psychological, or physical abuse it can affect them in school and social skills. Survivors of abuse are at heightened risk for mental health issues like depression.

Some symptoms can be seen as red flags of abuse.

  • Withdrawal from usual activities or friends
  • Behavior changes, such as aggression, anger, hyperactivity. There may be a change in school performance.
  • A sudden loss of self-confidence or signs of anxiety, unusual fears, or depression
  • Attempts a running away
  • Rebellious or defiant behavior
  • Attempts at suicide or self-harm
  • Unexplained injuries, bruises, fractures of burns
  • Sexual knowledge or behavior that’s not age-appropriate.
  • Avoidance of certain situations, like going to school, or riding a bus

Talking with a mental health professional can help a child learn to trust again. It can also teach about normal behavior and relationships. Skills with child conflict management can be taught to the child.

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Some types of therapy to consider would be:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – This therapy will allow the child to better manage the distressing feelings. They will also be helped to deal with trauma-related memories. Part of the therapy can include the supportive parent(s) and child together. This will allow the child to tell the parent(s) exactly what happened.

Family or child-parent therapy – this therapy focuses on improving the parent-child relationship. It is also designed to build a stronger bond between them.

For parents, therapy can also help to discover the roots of the abuse. They can develop effective ways to cope with life’s frustrations. They can also learn healthy parenting strategies.

The trained counselors at Pathways Counseling Services will listen, care and work with your child. A treatment plan will be created that is best for your child and family to live a full and healthier life.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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