Healing Together Through Individual and Group Therapy
The Therapeutic Support Program providers work with victims in an individual setting by providing an open, supportive, and confidential environment to address issues and guide clients as they work towards change.
Individual counseling can help to:
- Gradually weaken the negative emotions associated with a traumatic event
- Reclaim a sense of personal power after experiencing trauma, including sexual assault
- Develop new perspectives and life skills
- Deal with distorted and maladaptive thought patterns and beliefs that can leave victims feeling ‘stuck’
- Improve the quality of relationships by identifying and enhancing personal strengths
Group therapy helps our clients create a community of support. Typically, groups consist of 5–15 people and 1–2 therapists. Participants may be in different stages of the healing process, which helps members connect with people further down the road to recovery and instills hope for the future.
Group therapy can help participants to:
- Understand that they are not alone in facing issues of sexual assault and trauma in their family
- Provide psychoeducation about abuse and trauma
- Help strengthen boundaries and assess healthy versus unhealthy relationship patterns
- Have a safe-haven in which to practice behaviors or actions with safety, security and support of the group
Our therapists are trained in administering trauma assessments. Trauma assessments are tools to help our therapists understand and assess what feelings a child may be having on the inside and what their parents or caregivers are observing on the outside:
Assessment tools used include, but are not limited to:
- The Harborview
- Trauma Symptoms Checklist for Children- TSCC
- Trauma Symptoms Checklist for Young Children- TSCYC
- Childhood Sexual Behavior Inventory- CSBI
These assessment tools are NOT used to determine whether or not abuse occurred, nor are they used to diagnose a child.