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Counseling

COMMUNITY COUNSELING

A Woman's Place (AWP) counseling services are free, private, confidential, and available to all victims of domestic violence. Our counselors and advocates provide individual and group counseling to clients experiencing domestic violence.

Clients are referred for counseling services that are specific to their immediate needs. Our counseling services are based on each individual's circumstances and can include individual counseling or support groups, as well as an option for a referral to our Trauma Therapist on staff if additional support is needed. Counseling sessions are utilized to discuss safe options, safety planning, information and referrals, and psychoeducation about domestic violence and interpersonal trauma.

AWP Counselors also provide on-call 24-hour medical advocacy to victims of domestic violence requiring medical treatment. Clients who are receiving emergency and non-emergency medical care are eligible to speak to an on-call medical advocate/counselor at the time of treatment and can be met by the counselor at the health care site or hospital if needed.

SUPPORT GROUPS

AWP offers groups that meet on a weekly basis in various confidential locations across the county. Clients can gain access to these support groups by referral from a community counselor. These support groups offer participants:

  • A peer-supported environment
  • A decrease in isolation
  • An increase in resources
  • Emotional support as well as shared wisdom and experience
  • Education about domestic violence and power/control dynamics

TRAUMA THERAPY

AWP offers trauma therapy to victims of domestic violence who are experiencing significant post-traumatic stress. Clients are eligible to receive trauma-focused therapy after completion of short-term counseling with an empowerment counselor. Trauma therapy can be most helpful for individuals who have experienced domestic violence as well as other various types of trauma and abuse throughout lifetime. Trauma therapy is offered to children, adults, and older adults (60+). Sessions are used to assist victims in processing current and past trauma in greater detail with hopes of resolving trauma-related symptoms and distress while promoting personal healing.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

CHILDRENS PROGRAM

AWP provides emotionally supportive services for children and families. Services are available for children ages 3-18. The Children’s Program emphasizes the importance of restoring the connection between the non-abusive parent/caregiver and the children in the home. Services are short-term and geared around the needs of the child. Call our hotline or speak with a community counselor for more information about emotional support sessions, parental guidance or our seasonal programs such as yoga, art groups and recreational events.