SASS Counseling Services
SASS offers free counseling services to sexual assault survivors as well as the partners, friends and family of survivors. Our counselor has experience in providing trauma-specific care to help survivors of sexual assault, heal. To access SASS counseling services, please call Rebecca, our SASS counselor, at 541-484-9791 ex. 315 to discuss services and possibly schedule an intake.
We offer individual and group counseling to survivors who:
- Are 15 years or older
- Have been sexually assaulted at some point in your past.
If you are seeking to work through the fallout from a traumatic experience, our SASS counselor may be able to help. Counseling at SASS may include processing the actual trauma, or working on the remnants left from the trauma, such as managing emotions and reactions to situations, boundary setting struggles, self-worth issues, how to manage emotions connected to our past, struggles with developing trust with others or forming intimate relationships, and much more.
We offer individual and occasionally group-work to the partners, friends and family of survivors’ who:
- Are 15 years or older
- Are part of the support network of a survivor.
If you are seeking support for the vicarious trauma experienced by being close to someone who was sexually assaulted, our SASS counselor may be able to help.
Individual counseling is typically 50-minute sessions once each week. You and your counselor will work together to develop a plan of action with achievable outcomes. Our SASS counselor understands how trauma affects many areas of your life, often long after the initial healing may have taken place. Whether you need to process your specific traumatic experience, or are looking to work through some of the fallout that is a product from your past trauma, our SASS counselor may be able to help. Counseling at SASS involves an eclectic approach, not holding rigidly to a single set of assumptions or theories. Instead, your counselor will draw on multiple theories and styles of counseling to find the best path for each individual client. For example, some theories used are Internal Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavior Theory, Dialectical Behavior Theory, Mindfulness Theory, as well as others. Your counselor will work with you to gain an understanding on how the sexual assault has impacted you, which trauma symptoms you may be experiencing, what types of coping strategies you have been using, which coping strategies you might want to try, as well as which trauma-reprocessing and integration techniques might be helpful. With some guidance from your counselor, you get to decide what area you want to work on, and what outcomes you are seeking.
Counseling at SASS starts with a brief phone conversation with our counselor. You and her will discuss our counseling services offered and together, decide what the appropriate next steps will be. If both you and your counselor agree to it, an initial session is scheduled, and you will be sent (or can pick up) an information packet. This packet will need to be completed prior to your initial session. Please allow UP TO 2 hours for this initial appointment so you and your counselor can review your forms, discuss your reasons for seeking counseling, plan how your counselor might be able to help you achieve your goals,and potentially fill out an assessment. During this initial visit you and your counselor will determine how many sessions are available to you. All counselors are mandatory reporters. How this might affect you will be clearly explained during your initial appointment, both verbally and in writing.
Due to our community needs, there are times when the use of a wait-list is necessary. When this happens, we will work with you to locate other counseling services within the community so you have options available, and we will notify you as soon as we have an opening.
Our SASS Counselor
Counseling is provided by Rebecca Robinson, who holds a Masters Level Degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she is a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. In addition, Rebecca is closely supervised by a PhD level Psychologist and a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor.
All SASS services are free and confidential.
Support and Counseling Groups
Support groups provide an opportunity to share experiences, learn new perspectives, and experiment with new behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. Drop-in groups always have two experienced facilitators present and closed work-groups are led by one or more professional mental health counselor, who are trained and experienced facilitators. Groups may focus on interpersonal connections including active listening techniques, giving and receiving constructive feedback, supporting one another with similar experiences or shared identities, or learning skills to better manage strong emotions. Our group focus subjects include boundary setting, development of self-worth, emotional intelligence, and many other topics. For more information on groups, visit our Support Groups page or contact us about current group offerings at SASS by calling 541-484-9791 ex. 315 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org