As a counselor, I feel that therapy groups can be incredibly helpful for a variety of issues. However, a unique trait to sexual assault survivors is the feeling of being alone; this sense of isolation can be a major hinderance for a survivor to disclose their assault and participate in talk therapy. This is where groups such as RCASA’s Women’s Stabilization can prove to be helpful. In survivor groups, not only do participants begin to see that others understand their experience, but upon realizing that they are not alone many survivors may feel comfortable enough to share their experience for the first time.
RCASA’s Women’s Stabilization Group is entirely built around sexual assault survivors coming together to acknowledge where they presently are in their lives and where they want to be going; and as they discuss these areas of their lives they also explore how violence has and continues to affect them in their past, present, and future.
The group lasts for seven weeks and is a ‘closed group;’ what this means is that new participants are not allowed to join the group after week two so that group members may develop trust and security with one another.
If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in RCASA’s Women’s Stabilization Group, please call 540-371-6771 for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.