Frequently Asked Questions

Note : "ce" stands for "he" or "she" when speaking generally about a child, regardless of what the child's gender is, and "ceself" stands for "herself" or "himself".

   Why many sufferers or parents of suffering children do not seek help thru psychotherapy ?

- because they are unaware of the repressed emotional factors that are causing the symptoms and are led to believe that the illness or disturbances are due to physical reasons, as most of the research focuses on biology or genetics only, or

- because they can't afford to pay the therapy sessions, or

- because they have no therapist in their area, or

- because they can't face some facts in their past that led them later as adults to suffer from a specific illness or disturbances, or

- because they can't face the truth that they have caused the condition their child is suffering from, and they prefer to wait for a new medication to appear on the market to solve the problems.

   Why frequently psychotherapy sessions are not enough to cure children suffering from illness or disturbances ?

- because in severe cases the young sufferers need a specific environment in which they can build trust in the adults who run it and feel they can make decisions for themselves, including staying in the place as long as they feel a need for it, and be protected there from possible retaliation from abuser(s) if they disclose abuse, and

- because frequently therapists' practice is located downtown and that does not allow the full release of the repressed emotions as the noise would be disturbing to the other professionals around or in the same building.

   Why many programs and professionals in the field of mental and physical health for children gradually came to ignore the emotional background in the young sufferers ?

- because the parents are the ones who pay the bills and the professionals need the money to make a living, thus children have to be handled according to their parents' wishes, even if that leads to inefficient treatments, and the children are then called "incurable", i. e. afflicted with a life-long condition, or risking to die if suffering from a life-threatening illness like cancer.

   Could the therapeutic process lead to damage the relationship the child has with ces parents ?

- the relationship with the parents has already been damaged by the illness or disturbances that disrupt regular family life, but after the child has cured it is possible that ce turns again positively to ces parents, understanding that nobody being perfect, the flaws each of us have in our personality can make others suffer if we don't pay enough attention to what others around us may feel from the way we behave with them.

   Why is there no rate required to be paid for placing a child at the therapeutic milieu ?

- because we take helping those who suffer as a duty that must be done regardless of money made or not, and

- because we do not want the parents to feel exploited in addition to what they suffer from having a sick or disturbed child, and

- because we trust that the parents will help financially the program if they can when they are convinced of the quality and the necessity of such a therapeutic process for their child' s sake.

   Is the identity of parents who want to place their child at the therapeutic milieu guaranteed to be kept confidential ?

- yes, disclosure of their identity can be done only in the limit of law, and especially to relevant authorities if we have ground to believe that a parent could again abuse their child or an other child in the future.

   Is there a participation required from a parent who wants to place one's child at the therapeutic milieu ?

- no, this is left totally to the parent(s) wishes, according to their available time and how far they live from the milieu. All options are possible to consider, including psychotherapy for the parent(s) or counseling, and this for free if they do not have enough income to provide a fee.
   The only definite requirement is to not try to see their child if ce does not feel like seeing one's parent(s) as this is part of the recovery process, namely for respecting the child's emotional needs.
   Nevertheless, we will provide the parents with regular updates on their child's progress, but with limitations about such data that the placed child might not want to be told to ces parents. For each report to the parents the child's permission is first required, this to respect the child's right to privacy and confidentiality.
   Also, parents are encouraged to disclose any data that might help to know the factors that led their child to become ill or disturbed, in order to organize in the future a better prevention in the general public of such factors.

rev 2016