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Counseling services are available to individuals of all ages who have experienced sexual violence, as well as their families, friends and allies. Counseling is available immediately after an assault or at any later date. We also facilitate support groups and Art4Empowerment workshops.

 

Counseling is available for you at The Women’s Center confidentially and free of charge for the Sexual Violence Program as well as the Domestic Violence Program. Our counseling approach will help you to cope with your feelings privately and help you to manage the emotional and physical impact of the crime committed against you to help you regain a sense of control over your life.

Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence are extremely traumatizing. The experience and the emotional scars associated with this abuse often outlasts the physical impact.  Survivors have a high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse problems or stress-related mental health conditions.  

Survivors can have upsetting memories, flashbacks, fear or a sense of danger that they cannot overcome. They can feel numb or disconnected from the rest of the world.  Learning to cope with this residual emotional pain and fear is essential to the healing process.

Breaking the feelings of isolation caused by domestic violence can be helped by seeking counseling and support from friends and family. Moving forward is key to survival.  

Counseling sessions can provide a safe and confidential environment for survivors to express their feelings, thoughts and fears. Counselors are nonjudgmental third-party advisors who listen and can help survivors work through the things that they are experiencing.

Speaking with a counselor can help survivors to work through their anxiety and find alternatives to relieve stress.

These specialists can help to process the traumatic memories or experiences so that it is possible to move on. They can also aid survivors in learning how to regulate their strong emotions like fear and anger.

Group counseling can also be beneficial. Attending group sessions can help survivors connect with others who have been through similar situations. Connecting with others can help to reduce the feeling of isolation that has been created by abusers. Survivors share and offer advice to other survivors and help them through tough situations.

Overcoming a traumatic experience is frightening. It is important that when you do seek counseling you find a well-trained professional or group in which you are comfortable.