SARC is committed to helping survivors regain their strength and independence. It can be a hard decision whether or not to go to counselling, but receiving help and support can speed up the recovery process. It can take a lot of strength and courage to ask for help from a counsellor, and it can be helpful to know what to expect before you even go to your first appointment.
Counselling lets you build a trusting and safe relationship where you can share your thoughts and feelings. It can help empower you to take more control in your life and move towards realistic personal goals. Counselling can be very healing when you feel listened to and your feelings are validated.
SARC and Alberta Health Services - Mental Health and Addictions offer access to specialized sexual assault/abuse counselling services. Please contact us to learn more.
Alberta Health Services - Mental Health and Addictions: 403-529-3500
SARC has developed 2 open groups to increase support options for survivors of sexual violence.
Sexual Trauma And Recovery (STAR) is a 10-week psycho-ed therapeutic group that helps survivors gain skills to prepare them for 1-on-1 counselling. Grounding techniques, dealing with triggers, and understanding anger are just a few of the topics covered in this group. This group is currently open to women 18+ only.
Positive Affirmation Through Healing (PATH) is a weekly support group open to women 18+. PATH offers a sense of community, reassuring survivors that they are not alone and supporting them to maintain their PATH of living in the now.
"I'm so thankful I have this group to go to. I feel totally safe & there is no judgment. I've learned so many skills that have helped me grow personally & skills I can use in everyday life in all circumstances. I look forward to attending group." - PATH group member
"Everyone is so uplifting and supportive. I find the facilitators are kind, welcoming, and always full of knowledge to pass on. It's been such a good thing for me in helping me learn skills to help move into a positive future." - STAR group member
Please call 403-548-2717 to learn more or enquire about joining one of these groups.