Niagara Sexual Assault Centre

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre is a non-profit organization that responds to the needs of survivors of sexual violence and through public education increases understanding and awareness of sexual assault related issues. We provide a variety of counselling, support and emergency services to survivors and their families. Using a feminist, empowerment approach NRSAC holds the universal truth that all clients are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to advocacy for social change and the prevention of sexual violence

Counselling Department
APPROACH: TRAUMA COUNSELLING MODEL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT, INCEST AND CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
WHAT WE DO: THREE STAGES. THREE STEPS. THREE CHOICES.
The way we work with you:
Below is a brief description of what you can expect in your work with each of the counsellors at this agency. We will of course be most attentive to your own goals and wishes and work to collaborate with you on how best to support you in facilitating change.
STEP 1
Initially, you will have the choice to meet together for up to 10 sessions. With emphasis on what you need and what will best support you; the first 10 sessions will focus on the development of safety and stabilization. This may include but is not limited to: management of symptoms like depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, anger, flashbacks… We will then take time to integrate your new choices and ways of being.
STEP 2
When you choose to return, the next 10 sessions will focus on managing how memory of the abuse/assault may keep intruding on your day-to-day way of being. This work is offered in a context of respect, compassion, care and skill. Together we stay attentive to how you are thinking, feeling and physically experiencing this process. Once again, after 10 sessions, we take time so you can integrate your new choices and ways of being.
STAGE 3
In the next 8 to 10 sessions, we review and strengthen the gains from the previous two phases and we further work to consolidate and integrate emotional, social and relational changes and abilities.

We provide the following services to women and men 16 years of age and older and other identified:

  • Individual assessment and counselling
  • Counselling in various locations including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and Grimsby
  • Group counselling for women and men (separate groups)
  • Family member support and education
  • Anonymous third party reporting
  • Professional consultation and training

The intention of counselling is to:

  • Address the impact of childhood sexual abuse, incest and sexual assault (recent or historical)
  • Manage trauma symptoms related to sexual violation (i.e. depression, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, dissociation, sleep disturbances, self-harm behaviours, body image concerns, relationship issues)
  • Develop and increase confidence and self-trust

All services are:

  • Provided by Master’s level trained therapists specializing in trauma counselling
  • Confidential and free
  • Self-referrals are accepted and encouraged. Simply call to make an appointment.

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
43 Church Street, Suite 503
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7E1

Business number: 905 682 7258
Crisis line number: 905 682 4584

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