Child & Family Counseling Centers
CMHA provides individual, family and group psychotherapy for children and families experiencing personal, emotional, family and parenting, and substance abuse problems. The counseling program is staffed by licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, and counselors, as well as board certified psychiatrists and APRN’s.
125 Whiting Street
100 Commercial Boulevard
New Britain: 8 am-8 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-6 pm Friday, 8 am-1 pm Saturday
Torrington: Monday from 8 am-8 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8 am-6 pm, and Friday 8 am-5 pm
Waterbury: Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
CGCs provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services to children, adolescents and their families. Individual, family and group modalities are utilized in accordance with a treatment plan developed by the client/family and the clinician. Psychiatric assessment and medication management are also provided.
Clients and families are assisted with behavioral problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, difficulties in school, and aggression. Issues related to family disruption such as divorce, visitation and reunification are also addressed.
Services are provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Child Psychiatrists, and Licensed Counselors. Funding for the Clinic and its programs is partially provided by the Department of Children and Families and the United Way of Central Connecticut.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is recognized as one of the most effective interventions for children ages 4-18 who have significant symptoms related to trauma exposure;
Completed in an average of 22-26 weekly sessions, TF-CBT: combines trauma-sensitive interventions with behavioral therapy; uses gradual exposure to trauma triggers throughout treatment; builds skills for managing behavior and thoughts; is family-centered and focuses on parenting skills, family communication and support; and aids client in processing the trauma, enhancing safety, and rebuilding trust.
Sessions comprise individual work with the child, individual work with the caregiver, and conjoint sessions (child and caregiver). More than 80% of children show marked improvement within 12 to 16 sessions.
CMHA's Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program provides therapeutic learning and behavioral health counseling with a Licensed Professional Clinician who is certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning (ESMHL) by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Through gentle, skill-building exercises, clients are guided by the therapist in partnership with the horse in cognitive behavioral therapy in both ground and stable work.
Equine therapy is ideal for the "stuck" client, the resistant client, the client who does not respond to traditional therapy, or for those simply wanting a unique experience.
For clients age 7 or older.