Counseling + Health
The trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy sessions are held weekly with each beneficiary. These sessions are confidential and led by a registered trauma counsellor. The focus of the counselling sessions during the inception phase has been the management of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The objective is to teach each beneficiary self-skills in relaxation and managing negative thoughts, and to assist the beneficiary in identifying personally helpful calming skills and activities.
The program uses trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioural responses following child sexual abuse, human trafficking, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events. The treatment—based on learning and cognitive theories—addresses distorted beliefs and attributes related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TF-CBT helps children to process their traumatic memories, overcome problematic thoughts and behaviours, and develop effective coping and interpersonal skills.
The counselling and life-skills programme facilitates development of each participant in four core areas of her personal well-being; health, community, income and education. Sessions encourage the participants to plan for their futures and set personal goals for themselves so that they have an effective plan of action once they have completed the programme and are ready to be reintegrated into their communities. Each focus area includes counselling and mentorship in their personal development plan