Counseling Services

Services

  • interior_woman_counselingIndividual counseling is available for any person who has experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or stalking
  • Group counseling is also available for those desiring a group setting
  • Medical advocacy is offered for those seeking medical treatment or a forensic medical examination after a sexual assault. Medical advocates meet survivors on-site at the hospital to offer emotional support and referrals to counseling and other emergency services.
  • Education and community outreach is provided to:
    • Educate the community about Gender-based violence
    • Promote public policy initiatives and laws that protect victims’ rights and promote safety for communities
    • Increase awareness about the services available in the community

Trauma-Informed Approach

Our program and organization is committed to being trauma-informed:

  • We realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recovery;
  • We recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in survivors, families, staff and others involved in the system;
  • We respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and;
  • Seek to actively resist re-traumatization

Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and Transparency
  • Peer Support
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice and choice
  • Cultural Competency

Trauma-Informed Interventions

  • The survivor’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery
  • Understanding the effects of trauma on the brain and body
  • The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety
  • The need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human service agencies in a manner that will empower survivors
  • Survivors ways of coping are normal responses to overwhelming experiences
  • In the trauma lens, survivors are not viewed as people treated for an illness or a mental disorder, but understanding that each individual copes with trauma differently.