It is helpful for adults and children to have an objective place to share their thoughts and feelings about traumatic experiences. Often, people attempt to put the traumatic event and thoughts surrounding it behind them; consequently, this causes a rise in distress at any mention of it. In addition, children and adolescents are good at hiding the shame, guilt, and anger that often accompanies their traumatic experience. This can mask emotions that lead to the development of negative coping strategies and patterns that potentially affect long-term health, as well as the development and sustainability of the child/adolescent's relationships.

Mental health concerns range from long-term mental health disorders, anxiety disorder, behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and related disorders, and sex-related disorders.

Areas related to physical health concerns include heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders/disease, liver disease, reproductive issues, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual dysfunction.

  • Counseling Services at Scotty's House target symptoms and triggers to reduce the likelihood of negative long-term mental, emotional, and physical impacts caused by trauma.
  • Counseling is successful when the child/adolescent and the family are willing to actively participate. At Scotty's House, our counselors welcome discussions regarding concerns, discomforts, and scheduling issues that may hinder the client at any time from successfully participating in counseling services.

Counseling Offered By Scotty's House

Scotty’s House offers a wide variety of trauma-informed counseling services to help children and families on their journey toward healing.

Counseling Is Important

Many parents and caregivers would like to put the traumatic event and thoughts surrounding it behind them, getting upset and not allowing their child to talk about what happened. Children and adolescents are good at hiding the shame, guilt, and anger that often accompany their traumatic experience. Unfortunately, masking emotions leads to the development of negative coping strategies and patterns, potentially affecting long-term health and the development or sustainability of the child/adolescent’s relationships. Mental health concerns range from long-term mental health disorders, anxiety disorder, behavioral disorders, substance abuse and related disorders, and sex-related disorders. Areas related to physical health concerns include heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders/disease, liver disease, reproductive issues, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual dysfunction.

  • Counseling Services at Scotty’s House target symptoms and triggers to reduce the likelihood of negative long-term mental, emotional, and physical impacts caused by trauma.
  • Counseling is successful when the child/adolescent and the family are willing to actively participate. At Scotty’s House, our Counselors welcome discussions regarding concerns, discomforts, and scheduling issues that may hinder the client at any time from successfully participating in counseling services.

What steps are involved in receiving therapy?

  • The non-offending caregiver meets with counseling staff to fill out and complete necessary intake paperwork and gather information about the child/adolescent’s current functioning and behaviors. This information helps the counselor target areas of concern for treatment and ensures that the child/adolescent will be receiving the appropriate type of therapy.
  • The child/adolescent, caregiver, and counselor will collaborate to create a plan to address specific trauma-related symptoms.
  • Caregivers are asked to be available for participation during most sessions in order to add to their child/adolescent’s sense of caring and support during the healing process.
  • Caregiver availability, participation, commitment, and support are vital components of the journey toward healing in all types of counseling offered at Scotty’s House. Caregivers may be asked to participate in one or more sessions without the child/adolescent present.