The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre offers multiple services to support people of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence and/or gender-based sexual violence, whether recent or historic.
Our support services include: crisis support through phone, text, or web; advocacy and accompaniment; groups; and individual counselling. Read below to learn more.
Counselling for Survivors
KSAC offers both group and individual counselling to people of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence or harm and/or gender-based sexual violence or harm, whether recent or historic. We acknowledge that the individuals who come to our Centre are the experts in their own lives. We work to create a welcoming, safe space where clients can begin or continue their journey to healing.
To access counselling at KSAC, you will follow a pathway of service that starts with completing a Request for Service form over the phone or email. If you complete it over email, a KSAC staff person will call you to follow up. From there, you’ll do a group intake and complete our 9-week pathway group.
Our pathway group focuses on understanding the impact of sexual violence, developing coping strategies, and increasing resilience. Participants are asked not to share details of their sexual trauma history in this group. It’s a gradual process and you can determine your participation level. At KSAC, we believe in the power of survivors assisting each other to explore various methods for healing both mind and body, with therapy as only one of the numerous ways in which you can help yourself in healing.
When you complete the pathway group, you’ll have the opportunity to access individual counselling if you’re interested. There may be a wait for these services.
Some of the themes we address in group and individual counselling include:
- Learning grounding and calming strategies
- Enhancing well-being, self-care, and self-compassion
- Understanding your individual responses to the sexual violence
- Working through intense emotions such as anger, betrayal or shame
- Exploring and coping better with challenges in relationships
- Understanding and managing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).
All of our services are free and confidential.
Support for Parents, Caregivers, or Partners
If you’re looking for counselling or consultation as a parent, caregiver, or partner of a survivor, call us and we can provide support and information. If you’re under the age of 16, you or your parent/caregiver can call us and we’ll provide information on services and help link you to community supports.
Request services by calling: 705-748-5901 to learn more about our intake process and services.