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Human Trafficking Counseling

Human trafficking is a serious crime that occurs right here in West Palm Beach, Florida, and across the country. According to the National Trafficking Hotline, there were 2,894 cases of human trafficking in Florida in 2021. Survivors can often experience mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and anger. If you are a survivor, you are not alone. At the Trauma Therapy Center, we offer specialized therapy to help you heal and move forward from your past traumatic experiences.

As a clinical psychotherapist with certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, I have specialized training and experience in helping individuals heal from the impact of trauma, including narrative exposure therapy (NET), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

An understanding of the complexity of your experience lends to my heartfelt approach. Our comprehensive human trafficking counseling is rooted in somatic and emotional regulation, allowing you to find calm before delving into your healing journey. Your therapist will guide you in relaxation techniques and resilience-building strategies.

Healing is possible. We will work together, focusing on emotional regulation, safety, and resilience, to help you move forward from your experience. Call us today for a free consultation.

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What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a crime that involves labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or other forms of servitude. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to manipulate others into activities against their will.

There are two main types of human trafficking, including:

By raising awareness of human trafficking and helping survivors, we can hopefully create a future with no human trafficking.

Psychological Effects of Human Trafficking Victims

How Can Human Trafficking Affect You?

Human trafficking can have long-term effects on the survivor. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), psychological effects of human trafficking include:

It is important to talk to a counselor if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Survivors may also experience physical effects such as:

Each person may have a unique experience after a traumatic event. What you are experiencing is valid. 

Therapy can help you:

Therapy happens at your pace. The most important step is to show up for yourself and give yourself a chance at healing.

For more information about our counselors or to schedule an appointment with a human trafficking therapist, call the Trauma Therapy Center.

(561) 363-7994

Common Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms survivors might experience include:

If you notice a combination of examples, it may be a sign of human trafficking. Not all victims will display all the signs listed. Trafficking can affect individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. 

Our Approach To Human Trafficking Therapy in the Palm Beaches

First and foremost, we believe in nonjudgmental support and a collaborative approach in which you share your feelings, needs, and wants during therapy.

The National Library of Medicine has proven narrative exposure therapy (NET) to be the most effective treatment for human trafficking victims.

NET is a type of therapy in which you and your therapist engage in the systematic and structured retelling of traumatic experiences. Your therapist will help you create a coherent narrative of your experiences, making the memories and emotions more manageable.

I believe tje safest way to begin any trauma counseling work with somatic and emotional regulation. The goal is to learn how to get into a relaxed state and minimize anxiety before delving into processing your traumatic experiences.

Once you and your therapist feel comfortable, you can start processing the trauma. You will have several options for which treatment modality you will use.

Some evidence-based trauma therapy interventions include:

Choosing the right therapy for you depends on your individual needs and preferences and will involve a discussion between you and your therapist. Your counselor will provide you with information on each therapy type to help you make an informed decision.

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma-informed services are a crucial part of a survivor’s recovery. Therapy can help a human trafficking survivor improve symptoms, functionality, and quality of life. You can improve your independence, employment, and relationships by working with a therapist.

Individual Therapy

One of our best therapists at the Trauma Therapy Center will help you seek ways to identify potential risk and protective factors and use a nonjudgmental framework while building coping skills and processing negative emotions.

Through individual therapy, you can: 

Treatment for human trafficking trauma can take anywhere from 3 months and up. However, everyone’s journey is unique. The length of treatment depends on the intensity of your symptoms, your personal goals, and your progress in therapy. You and your therapist will have regular and confidential check-ins regarding how you feel about your progress in therapy. 

Group Therapy

According to the Administration of Children and Families, group therapy or peer support groups for human trafficking are voluntary but are proven to:

Your healing journey is your own. You can choose to do both individual and group therapy or opt out of one or the other.

How We Can Help You

To get started with therapy, you can contact our office by phone, email, or book online.

After you schedule your appointment, you will receive a link to some forms where you can enter your demographic information and sign a release of information if you choose to allow your therapist to share information with anyone for support or payment purposes.

You can specify what is okay to share in as much detail as you like. We value your confidentiality, and anything you share in your sessions is completely private unless you specify otherwise or if you or someone else is in danger.


You can provide support by listening, being there, and providing resources.

Some resources include:

At the Trauma Therapy Center, we provide compassionate, confidential, and comprehensive human trafficking counseling, incorporating somatic and emotional regulation to guide you on your healing journey. We utilize evidence-based approaches like trauma-focused CBT, EMDR, and NET and offer tailored support to reclaim your life from the grasp of human trafficking. Take the transformative step towards healing by scheduling an appointment today and begin your healing journey in West Palm Beach and across Palm Beach County.


Page Modified on May 22, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.