CCS Community Mental Health
Helping Children and Families Heal
“Josh,” 8, and “”Lydia,” 12, have been through a lot in their young lives. Both children suffer from problems related to trauma they experienced in the past. Their mom, “Cathy,” was very worried, not knowing how best to help them, particularly Josh who was having a hard time controlling his emotions and actions. Cathy was relieved when she was referred to Catholic Community Services.
The entire family began working with Bobbie, a therapist in CCS’ Community Mental Health program. Bobbie worked patiently with Josh, but he still needed more support and an outlet for his energy. Bobbie connected the family with a local organization that helps get scholarships for kids to participate in local sports, clubs and after-school classes.
Cathy recalls being speechless and crying with joy when news came that Josh had received a scholarship to attend taekwondo training at their local YMCA. “This is the first thing he’s had for himself! He looks up to his sensei [trainer] and benefits from the sensei’s guidance. Josh cares what his sensei thinks.”
A few months after beginning taekwondo, Josh is an enthusiastic student, training three times a week and practicing at home. Bobbie says, “He’s been making a lot of progress in using his words to express his feelings, and he’s decreased his aggressive responses. He’s also controlling anxiety pretty well.” In fact, one of Josh’s first successes was overcoming his fear of spiders. “He can study them for hours now!”
CCS provides more than 15,500 people of all ages with a variety of mental health services in Western Washington. Community Mental Health services are available to Medicaid-eligible children and their families in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish Counties. Learn more.
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