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Addressing the Effects of Trauma and Abuse

When children or adolescents go through a traumatic event or experience, it can have a lifelong impact on their mental, physical and emotional health and development. At CATS, our licensed mental health professionals provide compassionate and effective treatment to help youth and their families reduce the negative impact of trauma.


Evidence-Based Approach
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based practice drawing upon rigorous scientific research to treat children who are suffering from traumatic stress following exposure to a range of traumatic experiences.

Building Positive Coping Skills
TF-CBT teaches children, adolescents, young adults and their families how to cope with unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts, confusing and overwhelming feelings, and unhealthy or risky behaviors that often result from trauma. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses to trauma through individual therapy and joint sessions between the child and their caregiver.

The treatment program is usually 12–16 weeks in duration, but length of treatment may vary, depending on the individual’s needs. The program is flexible and can be adapted to special populations and unique circumstances.

Traumatic experiences include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Death
  • Rape & assault

“Countless thanks for helping to guide us along as we move into our new life. It was such a comfort to me to meet with someone with your wisdom and gentle understanding.”

Contact our intake team if interested in counseling:

If your child is under age 18 and in crisis, call
CARES 716.882.4357.
If you are 18 years old or older and in crisis, call
Crisis Services 716.834.3131.
If you are in crisis and live in
Niagara County, call 716.285.3515.
If it’s an extreme emergency, call the police 911.