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Group Therapy

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Why join a support group?

Support groups can be a valuable part of the healing process by providing a safe and confidential place for members to share thoughts and feelings with others who have experienced a similar trauma.

Who do I call to join or for more information?

Call Denise at the DC Rape Crisis Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) at 202-470-1188.

When do the groups start?

Our groups usually start in the Spring and again in the Fall. All of our groups are closed, excluding our Mindfulness Mondays group, which means that once a group has started no new members are allowed to be added. Not including Mindfulness Mondays, all groups take place between 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Mindfulness Mondays : the second and fourth Mondays of each month 6:30pm-7:30pm

  • All gender forms of expression are welcomed that are over 18 who have experienced sexual trauma as an adult or child
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

Mindfulness Mondays is our drop in/open group for all survivors of sexual violence (sexual abuse, incest, childhood sexual abuse and or rape). The focus of this group is to address mindfulness and self-awareness. This is NOT a process group but members will be guided through mindfulness exercises and encouraged to use the time to practice a tools of self-awareness and self-soothing. There is no end date and you are welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as is helpful to you. The information shared during group is confidential.

Reclaiming Ourselves: Rape Survivors Group (14 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual assault as an adult, and interested in focusing on their adult sexual assault at this time
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Reclaiming Ourselves: Rape Survivors Group is a 14-week psycho-educational support group for survivors that have been assaulted as an adult. Members are encouraged to discuss topics that relate to how their sexual assault has affected them, and their healing process. The information shared during group is confidential.

Experiences of Healing (16 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Experiences of Healing Group is a 16-week support group designed to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault navigate the healing process. Sessions will facilitate the exploration of different aspects of the healing process while developing the tools to deal with them. Sessions will include art, poetry, and other activities to assist in the exploration of topics. The information shared during group is confidential.

Awakening to Self Therapy Group (24 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have a history of childhood sexual abuse
  • Have completed at least three months of individual therapy or have participated in group therapy in the past addressing child sexual abuse
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Awakening to Self Therapy Group is a 24-week (6 months) group that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse navigate the healing process. Survivors learn about different aspects of healing, like trust, anger and loss, through discussions, art, collage, poetry and other activities. The information shared during group is confidential.

Power of Healing Support Group: Reclaiming Sexuality (14 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified)   over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child or as an adult
  • Must have completed at least three months of individual therapy or have participated in group therapy in the past
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Power of Healing Support Group: Reclaiming Sexuality is a 14-week group which uses a holistic approach. Group members will be encouraged to discuss issues of sexual intimacy as it relates to their sexual abuse and/or sexual assault through rediscovering their strength, intuition and innate ability to continue to heal. Sessions will include guided meditations, creative writing, as well as opportunities to explore self-acupressure and the power of breath, body and spirit. The information shared during group is confidential.

Clean and Sober Healing Group (16 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child or adult AND identify as a member of a 12-step program
  • No prior therapy is needed
  • Made a commitment to healing from the trauma, and a commitment to sobriety and have at least 30 days of sobriety/abstinence as defined by their 12-step fellowship
  • Group Description:

The Clean and Sober Healing Group is a 16-week psycho-educational support group designed to assist sexual assault survivors also in 12-step addiction recovery in order to navigate a clean and sober healing process. Each week, group members will recognize how healing as survivors of sexual assault and healing as recovering addicts are related. Sessions will facilitate the exploration of different aspects of the healing process while developing the tools to deal with them, with special emphasis on the 12-steps. The information shared during group is confidential.

Same Gender Loving Support Group (14 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who identify LGBT/queer female identified survivors.
  • Have experienced sexual abuse as a child or adult
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Same Gender Loving Group is a 14-week group in which members will explore the impact the abuse has had on their concepts of identity, relationships and other areas of their life. Members will learn new ways of dealing with their emotions and strategies for moving forward. The information shared during the group is confidential.

Women of Color Support Group (14 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child or adult
  • Self identify as a person of color
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Women of Color Support Group is a 14-week group in which participants will explore the impact their abuse has had on their individual and group concepts of identity, relationships and other areas of their life. Members will learn new ways of dealing with their emotions and strategies for moving forward. The information shared during the group is confidential.

Male Survivors Support Group (14 weeks)

  • Men (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child or adult
  • Do not need prior therapy experience
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Group Description:

The Male Survivors Support Group is a 14-week group in which participants will explore the impact their abuse has had on their individual and group concepts of identity, relationships and other areas of their life. Members will learn new ways of dealing with their emotions and strategies for moving forward. The information shared during the group is confidential.

Movement Group (Yoga, Stretching, Dance, etc.) (14 weeks)

  • Women (self-identified) over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse as a child or adult
  • Must have completed at least three months of individual therapy or have participated in group therapy in the past
  • Made a commitment to sobriety for the day of the group and to healing from trauma
  • Not be in crisis
  • Group Description:

The various Movement Groups we offer are 14-weeks and can include a variety of holistic body work and can be a gentle yet wonderful form of physical and mental health exercise. You may be able to tone and strengthen the physical body by relaxing and releasing the tightness in muscles, and creating flexibility. Participants will learn to release and create relaxation through meditation and mindful breathing. You will have an opportunity to reclaim your body, release the trauma that is lodged in your muscles, love yourself and, honor all of whom you are. Through guided visualization, mindfulness meditation, movement (including but not limited to dance), an introduction to the chakras and group sharing, participants will learn tools to support themselves as they navigate through their personal healing journeys.

Day of Healing

The Day of Healing is an opportunity to continue your healing journey through a holistic approach by experiencing different healing modalities such as acupuncture, reiki, massages and other forms of energy and wellness. All clients are invited to join.

Monthly Client Gatherings

Our Monthly Client Gatherings take place on the last Friday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Your RSVP attendance in advance is required. Every month the topic will be different in order to cater to the various needs of our community of survivors. Your attendance is an opportunity to fellowship with other survivors and share experiences without the commitment of our closed groups. In the past we have hosted movie/documentaries, done crafts together, and had book exchanges. Please do consider this “light” introduction/experience into to your survivorship. Please submit all request to Denise Taylor at dtaylor@dcrcc.org or 202-470-1188.