COVID-19 Trauma Treatment Program
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has impacted children, adolescents and families both directly and indirectly. Beyond getting sick, many young people’s social, emotional, and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic. Changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, changes in social dynamics and missed important life events have all led to a significant increase in adolescent anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal related behaviors. For many younger individuals, going through this pandemic means that trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has now become a part of their life. Trauma faced at this developmental stage can continue to affect them across their lifespan.
The goal of treatment is to get your child and family back to a more “normal” world as soon as possible. If your child’s symptoms are affecting daily activities, school, social relationships, and/or home life then they may require the support of a professional. By working with a mental health clinician who specializes in mental health and trauma, your child can recover and learn to feel safe again.
This treatment program is for children/adolescents who:
- Had COVID-19
- Had family members and/or friends who had COVID-19
- Lost loved ones to COVID-19
- Expressed difficulties with changes in school and social routines
- Have had challenges adjusting to safety guidelines related to COVID-19
- Experienced excessive fear of COVID-19
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness Training
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing)
Diana Luchtan, MSW
Diana Luchtan earned her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2003 at Barry University. She has training in EMDR and is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court in Family Mediation. She has worked at the Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders for many years conducting support groups for patients with anxiety disorders and trauma and also conducting intake evaluations. Diana is fluent in Spanish.