Clients meet individually with a counselor to discuss a variety of issues. These may include dealing with past or present abuse issues, personal feelings, relationships, coping with stress and anxiety, exploring self-esteem, and other personal concerns. Overall, counseling services are intended to provide help to clients who are ready to make fundamental changes in their ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Because the primary mission of the Crisis Center focuses on helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, the treatment goals are those related to the trauma. A therapist may refer a client to an outside agency or counselor if the primary problem appears to be custody issues or another issue not related to the trauma.
For more information on individual counseling click here.
Some clients find group counseling to be the most effective means of help. During group counseling, clients with common concerns meet together with one or more counselors to explore a specific topic. Recent groups offered at the Crisis Center include AWAKE (Abused Women Achieving Knowledge and Empowerment) which focuses on domestic violence and a group for children who have been a victim of sexual abuse CASA (Children Against Sexual Abuse).
For more information on group counseling and a list of our current support and psychotherapy groups, click here.
We are able to meet with couples to explore any relationship issues; however, we are not able to meet with the alleged offender.
For more information on couples counseling please contact our office at 1-800-232-8519.
Many times we have worked with families whose children have witnessed or been a victim of abuse. Our goal is to try and bring the family together to transform their interactions while addressing and educating the family about abuse and its effects as well. Please also keep in mind that we are unable to see the alleged offender at our agency.
Some clients seek out counseling for specific issues and during that process begin to understand how their educational and occupational choices impact their emotional and mental health. Because of this the Crisis Center can offer guidance in career counseling.
Clients are encouraged to:
Explore what kind of work might be satisfying.
Narrow their interests.
Research different majors and occupations.
Discuss academic struggles.
Learn decision-making skills, especially as related to significant choices like one's major or career direction.
Explore other issues (stress, family, finances, etc.) which may make it difficult to focus on choosing a major or career.