A Place of Healing — A Place of Hope
Helping families not only survive, but thrive.
With prompt and professional treatment, children can and do heal from abuse to go on to lead healthy, productive lives. Child abuse is difficult to talk about. The first step toward healing from sexual or physical abuse can be frightening and overwhelming. Fortunately, The Healing Tree can help. The Healing Tree is a special place in Central Florida with a team of highly-trained, compassionate counselors who help children and their families through the process of healing from recent or past trauma. The Healing Tree offers confidential counseling in the form of individual, family and group therapy for children ages 3 through 17 years who have experienced physical or sexual abuse. Using evidence-based treatment methods, The Healing Tree also offers counseling to family members and caregivers.
Specialized counseling for abuse survivors and caregivers
Counselors at The Healing Tree are uniquely qualified to help children who have experienced abuse heal. Recognized as one of Florida’s premier providers for counseling children who have experienced trauma from abuse, our licensed counselors combine their expertise with warmth and compassion to facilitate the healing process.
Non-offending caregivers of children surviving sexual and physical abuse, as well as offending caregivers of those surviving physical abuse are provided evidence-based treatment that supports the whole family. Licensed counselors help caregivers learn how to support their child, process their own feelings associated with the abuse and strengthen their communication within the family.
Unique child-centered therapy: Children ages 3 to 5 at The Healing Tree will find that healing includes dolls, toys, and imagination. Children often do not know the words to express what happened to them or how they are feeling. Counselors trained in play therapy techniques use sand trays, puppets, dolls, drawing and other child-centered activities to allow kids to express themselves in the language that is appropriate for them – the language of play! Therapists utilize art, games, and engaging activities to work with older children and teens who have experienced abuse. Children like coming to The Healing Tree because the interventions used are designed with an understanding of how youth develop, learn, cope, and grow.
Evidence-based treatment: The Healing Tree conducts a mental health and family dynamics assessment on all clients to determine their specific therapeutic needs. Individual, group and family therapy are available, and clients typically attend weekly sessions.
Children may have nightmares, experience depression or anxiety, have trouble concentrating at school or making friends or even demonstrate trouble with hygiene. Parents and other caregivers, some of whom were abused themselves as children, often struggle with how to best help their children. Evidence-based treatments offer practical, easy-to-understand interventions that help children recover from abuse and families learn how to provide support.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a well-established intervention that teaches children and adults how to identify, express and manage the many different feelings that arise after sexual abuse and other traumas. Clients of all ages learn how to manage day-to-day ups and downs and feel hopeful about their future.
- The Alternatives for Families – A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model (AF-CBT) is a comprehensive treatment that includes individual and family sessions and addresses physical abuse. Often, physical abuse occurs when a cycle of physical punishment, challenging behaviors and parental emotional reactivity escalates. AF-CBT helps parents and caregivers learn how their thinking impacts their own emotions, empowering them to separate their emotional reactions from the behavior exhibited by their children. Children learn they are not to blame for having been abused and to better manage their behavioral and emotional reactions. By the end of treatment, parents and children learn to work together with a common aim of maintaining an atmosphere of cooperation and love in their home.
Both TF-CBT and AF-CBT help children address their fears and decrease symptoms associated with their abuse. Children are provided with tools to increase their coping skills and better manage their feelings and behaviors. The therapists help youth heal from the trauma and regain trust in their own well-being and caregivers. The whole family learns how to function better.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – EMDR is a type of therapy utilizing eye movements or bilateral tapping to decrease intrusive symptoms of trauma.
- Problematic Sexual Behaviors – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is:
- For children between the ages of 7-12 who are exhibiting problematic sexual behaviors and who have a trauma history.
- Caregiver participation is required unless the child is in foster care.
- Children who have already been adjudicated (sentenced by the court) for the problematic behaviors would not be eligible.
- Services may be in individual or in a group modality.
A Place Where You Are Safe
If your child or someone you know has been abused, The Healing Tree is here to help. From the moment one enters the colorful, inviting children’s waiting area, The Healing Tree environment is designed to ensure feelings of safety. Each child and family member is treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect, and our highly-trained staff upholds strict standards of confidentiality. We are here to help.
Services are provided without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion. In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, call the Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). For more information or a language or disability accommodation, please contact our main office. Free auxiliary aids are available upon request.
Help is a phone call away If you suspect your child or a child you know has been abused, help is just a phone call away. Always call law enforcement or 1.800.96.ABUSE (1.800.962.2873) to report suspected cases of child abuse. To initiate counseling for recent or past abuse, call The Healing Tree at 407-317-7430 ext. 2160. A staff member will arrange an initial session with a counselor. The Healing Tree staff will provide guidance to those clients who have not reported their assault or abuse to the police.
— Healing Tree patient
“At the beginning of my treatment, I wanted to give up. Working with my therapist at The Healing Tree has convinced me that I can move on, and I just feel better about myself. It was definitely worthwhile.”
To make a referral to The Healing Tree, or if you have a question, please email ~ R-HealingTreeReferral@orlandohealth.com