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Therapist talks helping kids cope through tragedy

People all over Las Vegas are likely dealing with a range of powerful emotions, says one therapist, and he says children may be especially confused. (KSNV)

A local therapist believes grief over Sunday’s terrible events is deeper than many people realize.

“Even if they weren’t at the event they still have the grief of the loss of innocence,” says Jamie Ellison, a therapist with Community Counseling Center.

This week counselors at the agency are providing group therapy meetings and private therapy sessions, at no charge.

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People all over Las Vegas are likely dealing with a range of powerful emotions, says Ellison, and he says children may be especially confused.

“Often times they don’t have the vocabulary to describe what they’re feeling. They may not even know what they’re feeling,” he said.

Early Monday morning, a concertgoer who ran to escape Sunday’s gunfire, talked about how she felt changed by the tragedy.

“I don’t think I could ever go to a large gathering like that ever again,” said Karlee Gillean, a visitor from Bakersfield, Calif.

This week, Community Counseling Center is offering free group meetings and private counseling sessions. The services are available to anyone struggling to cope with Sunday’s attack, according to Aaronell Matta, the group’s deputy director.

Group therapy sessions are scheduled each evening this week 6:30-8 p.m. at 714 E. Sahara Avenue, in Las Vegas.

Community Counseling Center can be reached at (702) 369-8700.

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