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Counseling Philosophy


Individuals who have experienced any form of sexual violence have survived a profound violation which can lead to deep, difficult feelings—including shock, shame, anger, and grief. These feelings can impact a persons’ relationship with family, friends, partners, and work. Whether you experienced sexual violence recently or decades ago, it is possible to heal, and you are not alone. DCRCC has trained therapists to support you in FREE individual or group therapy.

The DCRCC Clinical Program exists to support and empower survivors of sexual violence. Our therapy is based on empowering the survivors to regain control over their lives, helping the client to have choices, understanding that education is power, respecting their right to self-determination with the understanding that all forms of oppression are connected.


  • We believe in the capacity for every survivor to heal and thrive.
  • Committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked, we value accessibility, cultural respect and understanding, as well as the empowerment of all people.
  • We respect the unique experiences of each survivor and believe that survivors are experts in their own experiences.
  • We support people to find their own power to improve the quality of their lives.
  • We believe that healing from sexual trauma is a series of journeys. We serve as guides assisting the survivor on the next part of their journey, providing them with tools and support, along with an invitation to hope, trust, and embrace their power.
  • We act and advocate with authenticity and integrity by staying true to these core values in all we do.
The DC Rape Crisis Center's Response to COVID-19

The DC Rape Crisis Center is deeply committed to the health, wellness and saftey of our clients, as well as the broader community. Out of abundance of caution, and in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic, the DC Rape Crisis Center is suspending in person services, and will be delivering services remotely until further notice. 

Our therapists will be providing virtual counseling services to youth & young adults, as well as adults who need our support during this challenging time.You can still call or email to schedule an intake appointment for services.  For adults you may reach out to Rubi Mancilla at 202-470-1188 or

For Youth and Young Adults you may call Alyza Weinberg at 202-470-1530 or

Our advocates are available via our 24/7 hotline please reach out if you need support 202-333-RAPE.

If you are any agency and would like to request training and technical assistance virtually please reach out to Chandra Dawson at 202-618-5088 or

We know that these are challenging, and unprecedented times right now.  The staff at the DC Rape Crisis Center will continue to create pathways for your healing journey. If you have any further questions please reach out to

We are wishing you, and your loved ones good health. Take care and be well.