Our therapy services
Shepherd's Counseling Services offers a variety of professional, affordable therapeutic services—both individual and group—to address the needs of adult men and women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The core of all treatment is to help survivors:
- address the abuse itself
- deal with the life effects of abuse, and
- lead more productive and satisfying lives.
Shepherd's goal is to reduce the obstacles to each individual's desire to heal. We realize that this journey may take place over an extended period of time. We hold the conviction that within each of our clients is the desire and power to heal.
All therapists at Shepherd's are professionally credentialed and have received specialized training in the areas of childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
Individual therapy for survivors
Individual therapy creates a healing connection so the survivor can address the abuse, the life effects stemming from the abuse, and begin to regain the sense of self lost through years of coping with the effects of abuse.
Based on an initial interview, a client's needs and preferences are considered when selecting a therapist. Within the framework of therapy, the therapist gains understanding of each survivor's unique experience and provides support and guidance to foster healing and growth to allow survivors to become their own agents of change.
Shepherd's offers 21-week closed process groups for men and for women.
Gender-specific groups offer survivors the opportunity to experience growth and healing with others who share a similar history. Group therapy creates therapeutic connection and allows for the lessening of secrecy, isolation and stigma resulting from the trauma of sexual abuse.
Together with the skilled leadership of the therapist, group members create an environment of safety and consistency, where they may explore the effects of sexual abuse and develop trusting relationships with others.
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Partner support group
These co-ed groups offer support and education to partners of survivors. The primary focus of the group is to provide support for the partners, recognizing that there are often challenges inherent in relationships with individuals who have suffered sexual abuse in childhood.
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Sexual abuse often creates profound and negative obstacles in a couple's relationship. Shepherd's offers couples therapy services to couples wishing to explore the impact of the abuse on their relationship. Difficulties with trust, communication and sexuality, among other topics, can be explored with the skilled help of a specially trained therapist.
The effects of childhood sexual abuse can damage all relationships within a family. Shepherd's therapists understand the often far-reaching effects of sexual abuse on a family system, and offer services that support healing family relationships.
Topic-specific groups are formed as needed to accommodate the specific needs or wishes of a group of survivors. These groups are most commonly formed as follow-up to an established 21-week process group. Education groups reflect the flexibility of Shepherd's to meet emerging needs.