Adult Individual Therapy
One-on-one therapy at WC&S is available for survivors who are interested in exploring their domestic violence trauma in a more individual way than support groups provide.
In one-on-one domestic violence (DV) therapy, a survivor can learn about domestic abuse and the issues it can cause, and explore ways to begin to heal.
Although domestic violence isn’t a mental health issue and isn’t caused by mental health issues, it is known that experiencing domestic violence may cause depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other problems that therapy can help to address and heal.
Women’s Center & Shelter’s therapy is built around the S.E.L.F. model, which promotes healing from domestic violence and trauma in a safe and positive manner. Therapy within this model encourages each client to explore:
- Safety – creating a space safe from physical, emotional, and moral abuse
- Emotions – how feelings such as fear, sadness and anger teach us about ourselves, as well as how to manage feelings in a healthy way
- Loss – understanding and feeling grief as it relates to domestic violence and trauma
- Future – exploring what life might look like after a personal history of abuse and trauma
Therapy may include experience-based methods and activities to provide further insight into the effects of domestic violence and how to cope with the complex emotions that it produces. Examples of this type include practicing grounding techniques, mindfulness meditation, controlled breathing, and journaling & writing.