The impacts of domestic and sexual violence are far-reaching and complicated. Safe+Sound Somerset empowers survivors, helps adults and children heal, and collaborates with the legal system to protect them. We build awareness within our community and talk about the dynamics of the cycle of violence.
Counseling helps survivors heal from the trauma of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. In a supportive non-judgmental environment survivors plan for safety, and are educated about and gain insight into the impacts of violence. Our counselors work with survivors to develop an individualized plan to building healthy coping strategies and techniques, which helps them meet their goals towards a new beginning, free of abuse.
Counselors are highly trained in various modalities to heal after trauma of domestic abuse, including Cognitive Behavioral, Prolonged Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapies.
New clients are encouraged to join a supportive education group. . Participants discuss key topics regarding dynamics of domestic abuse and share experiences with fellow survivors over twelve weeks. Facilitated by trauma trained and empathic counselors, this group covers topics including power and control, healthy boundaries and relationships, assertiveness, and warning signs of abuse. English and Spanish groups help participants learn that they are not alone in the struggles of domestic abuse.
Youth and Adolescent Counseling
Youth who witness domestic abuse often develop behavioral issues, learning disabilities, and struggle with depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are at higher risk than their peers for alcohol and drug addiction, suicidal thoughts or actions, becoming abusive, and being abused in their relationships. Our youth programs are designed to help children reduce these risks and symptoms and break the cycle of violence. Youth programs can also address the impacts of teen dating violence to heal and set the course towards future healthy relationships.
Our youth counselors are highly trained in a variety of proven methods to help these children heal from trauma and abuse, build coping skills, express feelings appropriately, and explore healthy relationships. Evidence-based counseling and creative play therapies, including Trauma Focused-Behavioral Cognitive Therapy, are applied in a safe setting to families impact by abuse.
Parenting is never easy. Parenting children who have witnessed abuse comes with additional challenges to navigate. Our counselors work with individual parents and facilitate parenting groups to help them address their children’s unique needs. Topics include positive strength-based skills, boundaries and healthy discipline strategies.
Safe+Sound Somerset’s services are CONFIDENTIAL and offered at NO CHARGE.
For Survivors Interested in Learning More About Our Counseling Services:
What is Prolonged Exposure Therapy?
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy?