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The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy

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The Center for Grief & Trauma Therapy, located at the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans, provides high-quality and compassionate counseling to children and adults dealing with grief or trauma in their lives. 

The Wisner Foundation generously funds services offered at the Center. As a result, all services are free to the public. Licensed clinical social workers and graduate interns help clients resolve issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and strained family relations through individual, family, or group counseling. The Center also provides community education on these vital topics. The Center is under Dr. Torin T. Sanders, LCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 504-286-5076 or email the Center at

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of grief and trauma?

Grief is a reaction to the loss of something or someone special. It often involves feelings of depression, guilt, and anger as well as physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or stomach problems. Trauma comes as a result of being exposed to an event that may have involved the possibility of death or injury or where either of those things occurred. People who are traumatized may have nightmares, seek to avoid things that may remind them of what happened, or seem agitated in the presence of others.


How do I know if I or someone needs help?

A person who is grieving or traumatized may find it harder and harder to function in their daily lives whether it be school, work, or family life. Some may resort to substance use or complain of having increased bodily symptoms. It is never too late or too early to seek professional help.


How long will counseling services last?

Services will be based upon an individual assessment of each client. Services may be short-term, lasting only a few sessions or they may need to be of a longer-term such as several months. The goal is to relieve the person of symptoms and restore them to healthy functioning.


Will my services be confidential?

Yes. All services are confidential and are considered privileged communications. There are specific exceptions to confidentiality that will be explained to each client.


How much do services cost?

All services are free due to the generous grant from the Wisner Foundation.


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