HomeLight: Mental Health Services

Professional treatment is offered for short-term crisis intervention and long-term therapy for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Counselors provide information about the dynamics of abuse to help our families recognize the warning signs of violence and prepare ways to keep themselves and their children safe. Adult participants and children have access to mental health services through our extensive partnerships in the community. Additionally, the domestic violence and anger management professionals offer a compassionate environment so that our families can identify and express key issues and begin the healing process from past trauma.

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Human Trafficking

According to the FBI, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 21st century – a 9 billion dollar industry. Los Angeles is one of the top points of entry into this country for victims of slavery and trafficking. The diverse community makes it easier to hide and move victims from place to place, making it very difficult for law enforcement to locate potential survivors.

Physical, mental and emotional abuse can take a toll on a person’s psyche long after they escape harrowing conditions. Our professional mental health team conducts an in-depth assessment to determine an effective long-term plan…

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Survivors of domestic violence are vulnerable to mental health disorders that are direct results of victimization. Depression and anxiety are common problems for victims of abusive relationships. These develop within the adverse conditions of violence and control, but can continue to be clinically significant when the relationship is over.

Survivors may also develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which is a persisting reaction to trauma. Many women with PTSD may feel hopelessness, shame and/or despair. Employment and relationship problems are also common. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are commonly associated with PTSD and each often
requires additional treatment.

Our clinical team employs effective strategies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Families meet with therapists regularly to treat symptoms related to these disorders and help them begin the healing process.

woman and little boyUpon arrival, both parent and child are assessed and offered in-depth education and awareness counseling designed to foster and strengthen the parent-child connection, keep them socially engaged and create a positive impact on their overall behavioral health and quality of emotional bonds. We provide a framework that helps strengthen decision-making for parents and their children as well as create a family environment where life challenges and opportunities can be met with hope and resilience. Our Parent-Child Wellness Program offers each family the opportunity to reunify, rebuild and restore their lives.

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Families suffering from low self-esteem often lack motivation to find gainful employment, housing and essential needs. Through therapeutic counseling, our families work on building self-esteem and self-worth in order to foster their confidence to strive for a better future. Our children also benefit from this area of therapy and are actively encouraged to engage in social activities including tutoring, summer camp and recreational activities.