Individual Counseling

Individual counseling at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is provided by Licensed Clinicians who have received specialized training in the field of trauma. Our counselors create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment that fosters hope and healing for each survivor. You are able to set the pace for the sessions as we understand that this process can often seem frightening. We offer Animal-Assisted Therapy to assist in managing levels of anxiety during appointments. Talk with your counselor to request a therapy dog.

Therapy at STSM is provided using evidenced-based best practice models that are specifically designed to address trauma. Evidenced-based best practice models are proven to be effective at reducing symptoms related to trauma and PTSD and improving daily functioning. STSM clinicians are trained on several of these models. Your counselor will determine which is best suited to fit your needs and personal goals following your initial screening. Some of the areas that counseling will address are issues related to trust, intimacy, self-esteem, safety, and power and control. You will be asked to complete  assignments outside of the sessions to help you to practice the new coping skills you will learn. The therapy models consist of 12-16 sessions. Because your counselor can see you for up to 6 months, the other time is spent focusing on additional areas of concern for you. Sessions are typically scheduled weekly for 1 hour.  The ultimate goal is to assist you in getting “unstuck” and moving forward.

To begin counseling services, you will either be referred to a counselor after completing crisis intervention or be directly scheduled with a counselor if crisis intervention services are not needed. During your first appointment with the counselor, you will not be expected to share your full story.

What you can expect on your first appointment :
•    You will have the opportunity to get to know your counselor and receive information on the overview of the counseling process. Your counselor will determine if you are working with other treatment providers to ensure that we work together to provide you with the best care possible.
•    Your counselor will complete an assessment with you to understand the impact of the trauma you experienced. 
•    You will then discuss with your counselor the goals you would like to work on during counseling. 
•    Based on this information, the counselor will select the most appropriate treatment and the work will begin!