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Infant and Children Mental Health

How do we help the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community when they experience trauma, violence and stress?  No one wants to label a young child as having a mental health disorder. But they do occur and have the power to disrupt the usual healthy process of development. Treatment of young children is, in the strongest sense of the word, prevention.  In the first five years we have the best chance to help prevent a broad range of later problems. Live Well Counseling Center has the expertise to provide developmentally appropriate mental health evaluations and treatment for young children and their families.

Treatment for young children must be developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, and relational. The  parent or caregiver is integral to treatment.  In addition, treatment for young children should have demonstrated effectiveness.  Live Well Counseling Center is committed to the use of a continuum of evidence based practices.  These are methods which have been researched in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective in producing positive outcomes for young children.

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) (age birth to five)  directly focuses on improving the bond between child (birth to five) and parent,  which is a strong protective factor against outside harm and future mental, emotional, and social problems.  CPP has been developed and used for children birth through five, with their parents, when they have experienced exposure to adult domestic violence, been the victims of  neglect, abuse or trauma, or suffered traumatic separation from or loss of parents. Child parent psychotherapy helps parents recognize and resolve the issues from their own past which may interfere in present parenting.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents, ages four to eighteen, , who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.  These may include post traumatic stress symptoms; fear, anxiety, depression, or traumatic grief.   Individual and conjoint child and parent sessions are part of the therapy.

School Based Mental Health ServicesLWCC offers mental health services on site at area schools including: Kearney Public Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools, Elba Public Schools, Centrua Public Schools, and Central Valley Public Schools


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