Types of Therapy
As parents, we are secondary victims of this crime and sometimes present with PTSD ourselves. Parents need to be in therapy as well as our children and if necessary, do trauma work if we have been exposed to details about our children’s abuse that is triggering.
Different Types of therapy parents have shared and a jumping off point for each kind-
As with everything under resources, take the time to research and see what is the best fit for you and your family. Don't be afraid to ask questions, interview therapists and to try again till you find the best fit.
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing on the call. Here is a site to help you learn more about it. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/. This is a treatment for trauma recovery and is available through therapists who have been trained and certified in EMDR. It has been mentioned that this is not recommended till after testifying.
Thought Field Therapy is a tool that helps trauma victims overcome triggering in the moment. Bob Bray has a video that explains the process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WalRuDvu3M&ab_channel=ThoughtFieldTherapy.
Havening is a therapeutic method, which is designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. As part of its protocol The Havening Techniques uses the sensory input of human touch as a therapeutic tool which we have identified as Havening Touch® https://www.havening.org/about-havening/creators-and-developers.
The Amen Clinics use a multi-modal approach to treatment that uncovers the root cause of your issues or challenges that are not discovered by traditional psychiatry. We believe it is critical to look at your brain within the context of your life, which includes biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences. See the full patient journey below - https://www.amenclinics.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0fr_BRDaARIsAABw4EsX9JWhZdfsY4KoOo4D2k4zjspD3wHcGQRahNEgbWEyQoCTuHfa_BwaAt4_EALw_wcB.
Equine Assisted Therapy – Horses are particularly sensitive to people and their emotions. They literally reflect the emotion of a person they are with. Equine Therapy uses the horses responses to the patient to guide them as to what their patient is feeling to help them process those emotions. Just watching and understand how the horse is responding to you personally can bring great insight to patients, even without talking. Because of this, the method is good with young victims who struggle to talk about their abuse. Most larger communities have centers that offer equine assisted therapy. Look at the options in your community to learn more.
Art Therapy – Art therapy is a way to process through the impact of trauma for adults and children. If you can’t find something local to you, there are also a variety of books available specifically related to art therapy for sexual abuse survivors. Here is an example - https://www.amazon.com/Art-Therapy-Sexual-Abuse-Survivors/dp/0398068062/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=art+therapy+for+sexual+abuse&qid=1610585175&s=books&sr=1-3
Prayer ministry is a Christian (and more general spiritual) approach to PTSD. Diane Cranley from TAALK's Encountering Rest class will give you the basics to understand how to “Encounter” trauma from those wounded parts we discussed and walk through their healing. There is a spiritual element that can be completely healed through a spiritual encounter. Encountering Rest is designed to help individuals learn the process and so they can do prayer ministry themselves and assist family members who are interested and willing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JwAPkVcWZw If you want to find a prayer minister to work with you or your child, you can contact your local churches to see if they have people who are trained – they are often called Deliverance Ministers in the church. You can also contact the International Society of Deliverance Ministers to find a referral to a prayer minister in your area https://www.isdmministers.org/.
Brainspotting (BSP) is a relatively new type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain. https://brainspotting.com/
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral Article on Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents.
MEM- What the MEM Therapy Session does is to dis-create the emotional upsets that people experience in the different aspects of their lives – academic, emotional, environmental, financial, physical, professional, social, and spiritual – through the Mace Energy Method. https://www.maceenergymethod.com/services/mem-therapy-session/
Behavior analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus. www.bacb.com/
Trauma-informed Yoga builds resilience by connecting students with inner resources that helps them to work through their discomfort, understand their experience, and separate their feelings from their actions. yogaed.com/resource/trauma-informed-yoga#:~:text=Trauma-informed%20yoga%20builds%20resilience,their%20feelings%20from%20their%20actions.
- The NADA Protocol is a non-verbal approach to healing. NADA involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. acudetox.com/nada-protocol/
Some resources parents have shared to help find a therapist/counselor -
Your local Children's Advocacy Center might be able to share who is in your area
If your place of employment has an Employee Assistance Program, they may be able to help you find a therapist.
As with everything under resources, take the time to see what is the best fit for you and your family. This information has not been vetted by KKC Cares, Inc. This information has been shared by parents as a tool they have come across and/or found helpful. Please share anything that you have found so we can add it to our page as a resource for other parents. Thank you!