Where Healing Begins

The only facility in Oklahoma devoted solely to helping children and families heal from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, Bethesda, Inc., has offered thousands of children and families a healing place for broken hearts for more than 30 years. 

Specially trained therapists provide age-appropriate individual and group counseling in a comfortable setting. Therapists use a variety of therapeutic interventions to help children process the abuse and heal.

Bethesda, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) agency.

Our Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Address: 1181 E. Main St. Norman, OK 73071

Phone: 405-364-0333

Bethesda will be closed Monday December 26th through Monday January 2nd. We will be open Tuesday January 3rd, 2017. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens at Bethesda?

The first appointment at Bethesda in an initial assessment session that typically lasts 1-2 hours. The assessment session includes completion of necessary information packets and meeting with a therapist. Following the assessment session, the therapist will create a plan for both the caregivers and the child that will include group and/or individual counseling. Sometimes, clients may be referred to other services if needed.

Your child may attend group counseling with other children near the same age who have also experienced sexual abuse. Children 6-18 years old will not only be in groups of children of like age, but will also by in groups of the same gender. Children 3-5 years old meet together, both boys and girls. Group sessions typically last one hour. Specially trained therapists offer a variety of interventions to help your child heal. Interventions may include reading stories, playing games, creating art, discussions, or movement activities.

Your child may also attend individual counseling. This one-on-one weekly session is one hour of individual attention that your child spends with a therapist. In that time, the therapist can address specific challenges the child faces as a result of the trauma of sexual abuse.

Adults also have the opportunity to attend group counseling sessions to discuss and process their feelings related to the abuse. Bethesda therapists encourage all caregivers of child clients to attend the adult group sessions.

Bethesda maintains strict confidentiality.

Q: Can a therapist come to my home (school, day care, church, etc.) to provide services?

Bethesda's therapists do not provide services outside of the Bethesda facility.

Q: How much will I have to pay? I don't have insurance, what will services cost me? My child has Medicaid, can she still receive services? 

Services are available at no cost to families, regardless of income, government benefits received, insurance, or Medicaid eligibility. Bethesda does not charge clients for its services. Bethesda does not require Soonercare. Our funding is provided through State contracts, grants and generous donations to ensure that no barrier, including the ability to pay, stands between a child and the chance to heal.

Q: Is Bethesda a residential facility? Will my child be staying at Bethesda? 

Bethesda is not a residential facility. Clients attend group and/or indvidual counseling sessions and then return home with their caregiver. 

Q: What do I do if I suspect a child has been abused?

If you suspect abuse, contact your local Child Welfare Services office, the 24-hour, Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-522-3511), the Department of Human Services and/or your Police Department. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local police department first.

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