Support groups connect people to others who have had similar experiences. It is a simple idea with profound impact.
Survivors of sexual and domestic violence often find themselves feeling isolated and alone in their situations with numerous barriers to their well-being. Some may not have many social supports that understand what they are going through, while others may not have any support at all. Groups provide a space for mutual support, where members both give and find help from others who have experienced trauma. In group, they are surrounded by others who understand them and who they can understand. In this, they benefit from members’ knowledge, while also reminding them that they are not alone in their experiences.
Surprise often comes for members by realizing how much knowledge they already have and how helpful that can be to other members in the group. The power of group therapy is that members find themselves helping others process pieces of their experiences while receiving help from members at other times. While we would never wish traumatic experiences on anyone, members can create purpose from it by turning that pain into something that can help someone else in a similar situation. The opportunity to support others can provide affirmation that what they have suffered has not been for nothing.
It should be said that support groups are not a substitute for individual therapy, but a supplement to it. People typically need time to focus on their unique situations to explore and heal. But groups provide the opportunity for reconnection with others to feel less alone and help build a sense of purpose from and mastery over their traumatic situations.
Fall 2021 Support Groups
Teen Trauma Recovery Group
- August 26th
- Thursdays at 6pm-7:30pm
- 8 Weeks
- Folks who are interested can reach out to Jeremy Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Therapy Support Group for Adult Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
- Various times available based on interest
- 8 Weeks
- Folks who are interested can reach out to Selena Hicks at email@example.com
Virtual Women’s Support Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence
- Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm
- 10 Weeks
- Folks who are interested can reach out to Liz Cozzati at firstname.lastname@example.org