Hope Alliance offers 12 sessions of trauma-informed counseling, each session held weekly for 45-60 minutes. Therapy is for client who are able to come to counseling consistently and are ready to work on deeper issues of trauma and its effects on client's self and relationships.
Counselors help clients process the trauma they've been through, manage symptoms and triggers, develop coping skills for issues like depression, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as address healthy relationships and boundaries. Issues of self-esteem, self care, assertiveness, and support systems are explored. Counselors are also able to advocate on behalf of clients, speaking with lawyers, CPS, schools, and other agencies to support the client and provide information about trauma informed care.
Children are just as impacted by trauma as adults are! However, they are incredibly resilient. Play therapy helps children process the trauma they've been through by using the power of play. A child's primary language is through play, rather than talking, because most of their language and ability to reflect on the world around them hasn't developed yet.
If children are able to work through and resolve some of the trauma they are presently experiencing, they're more likely to develop healthy and stable relationships in the future. During a play therapy session, a counselor might use art, sand tray, games, or toys to help children find ways to express their emotions and thoughts about the trauma they've experienced. Counselors may also work with caregivers on parenting children who have been through trauma by giving tools and exercises to do at home. Children 3 and older are eligible for therapy.
Group counseling provides an opportunity to share experiences, learn perspectives, and work with new behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. Counseling groups are led by one or more professional counselors. Hope Alliance has several different support groups that meet throughout the year. Groups help each member by giving and receiving constructive feedback, supporting one another with similar experiences, and work through issues each is experiencing together.
HEART Group is a domestic violence support group that meets one night a week every week. This is an open group, meaning any client can attend as often or as little as able. Be sure to arrive on time; after this time admittance to the group will not be permitted. This group covers dynamics of domestic violence with a different topic covered each week. This is a great place to meet and connect with other clients who have also experienced domestic violence.
Adult Sexual Assault Group
Hope Alliance also offers an Adult Sexual Assault (ASA) group that meets in Spring. This is a therapeutic group facilitated by our counselors and is a closed group. This means that once the group begins, members commit to coming every week for the duration of group, and are only permitted to miss one session. This group typically runs for 8 weeks. This group looks at how sexual assault affects issues like safety, trust, intimacy, and relationships.
Adults Molested as Children
Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) is a closed therapeutic group facilitated by counselors that meets for 11 weeks in the Fall. This group focuses on child sexual abuse and offers a therapeutic environment to discuss the affects of the abuse with others who have had similar experiences.