Short term individual counseling is offered to survivors of rape, attempted rape, childhood sexual abuse, incest or any other type of sexual violence. Individual therapy is also available for friends and family of survivors. Individual therapy involves one-on-one counseling and is confidential within the limits of confidentiality.
Benefits of Individual Therapy include:
- Stabilizing crisis and decreasing or relieving symptomatology
- Improving coping and problem solving skills
- Behavior modification and cognitivere constructuring
- Providing the space to process personal issues
- The individual gets face-to-face help and directly confronts the issues most important to them
Our groups offer a safe and confidential environment to rebuild self-esteem and regain a sense of control. Members support each other in learning to deal with day-to-day issues such as intimacy, building healthy relationships, setting limits with others and expressing anger safely. Group therapy generally includes six to eight survivors and one to two therapists.
Benefits of Group Therapy include:
- Each participant is in an environment where others have similar feelings and experiences
- Sexual assault survivors often feel they are alone, with no one who can relate to their situation. In a group environment, all participants get the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another
- Learn effective coping skills and ways of problem solving
- Group members provide a support system for each other
Group Therapy for Women Schedule:
- Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. for 16 weeks Led by Christine Vincent, MFT #25206 and Scarlett Sutcliffe IMFT #64603
- Thursday mornings from 11 to 1 p.m. for 16 weeks Led by Cristin Devine, MFT #49982 and Kim Birdsong, M.A.
The age requirement for both individual and group therapy is 12 years old and older.
If you are interested in individual and/or group therapy it is best to contact us by calling the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center at the Monterey office: (831) 373-3955 or Salinas office: (831) 771-0411
AND DON'T FORGET OUR 24-HOUR CRISIS LINES:
(831) 375-HELP (4357) or (831) 424-HELP (4357)
The crisis line is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A crisis line counselor is ready to provide crisis intervention and referrals to survivors, family, friends and community members about sexual assault. Our crisis line is answered by certified sexual assault victim counselors who have undergone extensive training in sexual assault issues and are willing to help you with any questions you may have. Even if it is 1 o'clock in the morning and you cannot sleep…please pick up the phone.