Therapy Groups

Participating in Therapy Groups can be very helpful for victims of sexual assault. Being alongside other survivors, you know that you truly are not alone. Here is a sample of some of our Therapy Groups. We often add groups based on interest from our clients.

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“I thought it was Just Me” (Shame and Resiliency group)

This process group explores the work of Brene Brown and focuses on building self-love, belonging, resiliency and authenticity in recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Questions that the group centers around include: What is shame? Can you recognize your shame triggers? What is shame resilience? Do you know the power of empathy? How do you want to be perceived? How do you not want to be perceived? How do you cope? How do you disconnect from others? How can you reach out to people for help?

Seeking Safety

A present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. Seeking Safety consists of 25 topics that can be conducted in any order:

  • Introduction/Case Management
  • Safety
  • PTSD: Taking Back Your Power
  • When Substances Control You
  • Honesty
  • Asking for Help
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Getting Others to Support Your Recovery
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Community Resources
  • Compassion
  • Healing from Anger
  • Creating Meaning
  • Discovery
  • Integrating the Split Self
  • Recovery Thinking
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself
  • Commitment
  • Respecting Your Time
  • Coping with Triggers
  • Self-Nurturing
  • Red and Green Flags
  • Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding)
  • Life Choices
  • Termination.

Healing Trauma through Yoga and Meditation

This group uses gentle yoga stretches and movement to awaken and strengthen your relationship with your body. The meditations are designed to help you “make friends with your mind” and to develop the loyalty and courage to be with yourself, deepening self-understanding and tolerance to stress. Groups will run for 8 weeks and may be repeated. No experience necessary, we can start wherever you are.

Managing and Overcoming PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be extremely debilitating. People with PTSD will often relive their traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Learn effective tools to take back your life and build emotional resilience. This group uses a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach.

Music and Art Group

Art and music are great tools for improving emotional stability and healing. In this group, you will learn how to modify your defense mechanisms and learn coping skills to manage intrusive thoughts and flashbacks. Art and music are used therapeutically with techniques ranging from drumming to painting or collage work.

SACASA DBT Skills Training

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an eclectic approach developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, Zen master, and a peer, someone with a lived experience of mental illness. An Evidenced Based Practice (EBP), DBT skills may be ideal for treating symptoms like those experienced by people with a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mindfulness may be thought of as a route to increase presence, resulting in feelings of peace and serenity. Group members will practice mindfulness weekly. DBT skills trainings are sequential and require a commitment to attend regularly, along with willingness to practice between sessions, and complete therapy assignments. Group members stand to gain distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. Being dialectical means walking a middle path and learning to live with more balance in recovery such as with people, emotions, and life’s stress.