Why Is Therapy Important

Individual therapy offers focused and intensive treatment to address issues related to abuse. Collateral therapy is offered in order to assist the adults in the child's life so that they may better support the child's emotional healing. Collateral therapy may involve family members or other significant people in the child's life. Family therapy addresses issues related to family functioning as well as providing a therapeutic environment for healing. Therapeutic intervention involves the non-offending family members in order to facilitate the development of healthy communication patterns, establish appropriate boundaries, and strengthen the caregiver-child bond. Additionally, family members learn strategies that will allow them to better support the emotional healing of the abused child.