The healing experience is unique for each survivor of sexual violence and abuse, but there are similarities for most. STSM counselors share in the belief of empathy, warmth and genuineness in the counseling relationship. Our philosophy of counseling is derived from supportive, cognitive behavioral and strengths-based therapeutic approaches. We see the counseling/support relationship as a partnership, in which the STSM counselor facilitates self-determination and supports survivors’ progress within a six month time period. The counselors at STSM acknowledge and affirm how courageous it is for survivors of sexual violence to tell their stories and respect how each survivor chooses to use their resources.  These services are confidential and free of charge.

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