Services Provided

Child & Adolescent Counseling

Children Substance Exposed In Utero

Parental Consultation

Dawn Institute provides evidence-based practices in treating child victim’s of crime. We offer a child-friendly, warm atmosphere that allows children to feel safe and heard. Forms of treatment include EMDR, sand tray play, Theraplay, play therapy, and mindfulness. We also work in collaborative effort with parents to best equip parents for helping their children heal. We believe that trauma does not happen to the just child, but rather the family system also feels the affects of the trauma. For this reason, we work in collaborative effort with caregivers in order to equip caregivers to best support their child.


Dawn Institute provides specialized care for children who have been exposed to substance in utero, understanding the unique challenges these children face as well as the unique challenges in parenting. We assist caregivers in stabilizing the caregiver system, attachment based interventions, and emotional regulation in children. Forms of treatment include EMDR, sand tray play, Theraplay, mindfulness, and cognitive based techniques.

We understand that there are circumstances in which parents are not seeking therapy but brief support. Dawn Institute offers brief parental consultation which includes understanding of trauma informed care, understanding of the impact of in utero substance exposure, and brainstorming to best understand and meet a child’s emotional needs post victimization.

Parents often wonder if their child is experiencing the post effects of trauma. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms that were not previously present, it may indicate a need for therapy support. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Lack of interest in play/ change in play

  • Drop in grades

  • Trouble sleeping/ nightmares

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Clinginess

  • Irritability

  • Change in friendships/ less interest in friends

  • Food hoarding

  • Bedwetting

  • Substantial increase in anxiety or fearful behaviors

  • Aggression/ rages

  • Withdraw

  • Drug use

  • Sexualized behaviors