Family Counseling for Holocaust Survivor Support

The atrocities that holocaust survivors endured continue to affect their experiences throughout their lives. As survivors age, feelings of mistrust, helplessness, and terror can come up in response to their new circumstances.

For example, survivors who were subjects in the Nazi’s horrific medical experiments may understandably fear doctors. As they need to see more medical professionals in their golden years, these survivors may struggle with anxiety or PTSD. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can also cause flashbacks and make survivors feel like they are reliving the holocaust over again.

Because aging can be triggering for many holocaust survivors, it’s essential for them to receive specialized care. The trained professionals at Behavioral Health Associates of Broward can provide specialized treatment while limiting triggers. They can also help loved ones learn how to best empower and help survivors through this period of life.

Counseling for Holocaust Survivors

Counseling can play a crucial role in the treatment of holocaust survivors. BHAB trauma-informed therapists and counselors understand each person’s unique situation and how the past may affect their reactions today. This person-centered approach empowers survivors to make their own decisions about their medical care and how they want to live out the rest of their lives.

Our team of specially trained counselors understand that holocaust survivors likely will not trust them right away. After all, medical professionals and institutions have caused trauma for survivors in the past. That’s why the counselors at BHAB work on building relationships with your loved ones and earning their trust. Our counselors also know how to avoid common triggers for holocaust survivors.

Over time, our counselors can help survivors work through and learn about their feelings and traumatic experiences, so they can then help make the best changes for the survivor’s life. This empowerment is vital for all seniors. However, it is particularly essential for those who have lived through trauma.

Support for Families and Friends of Survivors

Support for Families and Friends of Survivors

The horrors of the holocaust continue to affect not only survivors but also the people who love them. Those who care for survivors may struggle to see their loved ones relive the worst days of their lives and fear the medical professionals who try to help. This experience can put stress on everyone involved.

Family counseling and support for the loved ones of survivors can help. In these sessions, friends and family members learn why the survivor’s trauma affects them in specific ways. They then learn how to avoid triggers and empower their loved ones.

Counseling sessions can also help loved ones work through the stress that taking care of a survivor can bring. No matter how dedicated, loving, and understanding a caretaker is, it can be incredibly difficult at times. These sessions allow family and friends of holocaust survivors to work through feelings and learn healthy coping mechanisms.

How BHAB Can Assist

Each survivor of the holocaust has a unique and important story. That’s why BHAB provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of each individual survivor. The services we offer include:

  • Coordinating services and case management: Seniors often need several types of medical, mental health, and social services. BHAB can help survivors and their loved ones coordinate these many services. Our trained professionals can connect families with helpful services they may have never known about.
  • Consultation and professional training: With over 55 years of experience, BHAB has been providing compassionate, high quality, and confidential counseling for holocaust survivors. BHAB can help each survivor’s full care team understand the importance of trauma-informed care and learn best practices to prevent common triggers.
  • Counseling: Counseling can empower survivors to make choices about their lives and learn effective coping mechanisms. Counseling can also help families and friends discover how to best support survivors and cope with their own feelings.
  • Support groups and socialization with fellow survivors: Although loved ones deeply care about the experiences of survivors, only people who lived through the holocaust can fully comprehend the pain it caused. Support groups allow survivors to connect with others who understand their struggles and become part of a community.
  • Companionship: Seniors of all backgrounds can suffer from loneliness and isolation. This can be particularly difficult for holocaust survivors. Companionship programs give seniors the connection and community that all people need.
  • Respite care: Even the most dedicated and compassionate caregivers go through mentally and emotionally exhausting times. BHAB can connect families with specially trained, trusted caregivers so that loved ones can get a much-needed break.

How to Get Started with Counseling in Broward County

At BHAB, we understand that Holocaust survivors deserve to live in comfort and with dignity. That’s why we empower them to make their own choices about their care and why we provide trauma-informed care every step of the way.

Our compassionate staff will connect you with the services you need and give you options. If you and your loved one need specialized counseling services in Broward County, contact us today.

 

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Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS

Phone: 954-909-0888

Fax: 954-916-1252

Email: info@bhabroward.org


Our Offices

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11555 Heron Bay Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Coral Springs, FL 33076

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5890 South Pine Island Rd, Suite 201
Davie, FL 33328