HAZLET, NJ –  180 Turning Lives Around, through a $70,000 grant from  the Robin Hood Foundation, is offering free trauma counseling for Monmouth County children, adults and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  As the 2013 Hurricane begins, many people continue to suffer the after-effects of Sandy, such as difficulty sleeping; nightmares; feelings of worry, anxiety and fear; difficulty concentrating and work or school; and struggling with a sense of loss.

Among the services offered by 180 are individual counseling, group support, family sessions, art therapy, trauma-focused counseling, skills for psychological recovery, and case managements service to connect people with needed resources. All services are provided by Masters level clinicians with expertise in trauma and disasters.

Groups and individuals may be seen at various locations throughout Monmouth County, while children, ages 5 and up, and families may be seen together at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy studio. Art therapists employ the Creative Coping program, which is designed to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, while gaining coping strategies, through art, music, movement, and play.

The program will offer families a course of treatment including the appropriate balance of family, individual, and group modalities, based on that family’s particular configuration (number and age of family members), their particular presentation of trauma symptoms (as assessed by therapists and measured by the standardized Trauma Symptoms Inventory), and the developmental stages of the children involved (play vs. art vs. talk therapy).

“We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who donated to the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy Relief Fund, which in turn has made it possible for us help those hardest hit here at home,” said Anna Diaz-White, executive director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “Based on the successful work we did following 9/11, refined with additional studies and knowledge about working with disaster victims, this funding allows us to re-tool our existing efforts give care to those who need it most.”

180 Turning Lives Around is one of 494 organizations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to receive Sandy-related funding from Robin Hood, which immediately launched a large-scale relief effort to aid its neighbors in the tri-state area whose lives had been shattered by Sandy.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 180 Turning Lives Around at 732-264-4111 for individual services; and 732-787-6503 for family services.