The YWCA offers a variety of groups to assist survivors and non-offending family members with healing from the trauma of sexual assault. Clients are able to challenge their feelings of isolation and receive support from peers by participating in group counseling. While specific groups may vary from site to site, groups are typically offered to adult survivors of child sexual abuse, child and teen survivors of sexual violence, and parents. Groups may focus on a specific theme (boundaries, safety, empowerment), may utilize a form of expressive therapy (photography, poetry, art) to engage clients in the healing process, or focus on providing information about sexual assault/abuse and coping skills. Group services are offered regularly across all of our service locations.

Current Support Groups:

Sex and Intimacy: Adult Psychotherapy Group (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is hosting a 12 week support group for adults who have experienced sexual violence to explore how trauma has affected their relationship to sex, sexuality, and intimacy.

This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other survivors in:

  • Discussions about emotions surrounding sexual intimacy, such as shame and guilt
  • Learning to navigate triggers related to sexual intimacy
  • Practicing communication skills within the context of intimate relationships
  • Learning the impact of trauma on sexual behaviors, namely action and avoidance
  • Increasing one’s capacity for self-care and pleasure

The group is open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse. All interested individuals must complete an intake to determine group readiness

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Mondays, January 22nd to April 16th, 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: Free

RSVP is required. If you are interested in attending, contact Alexandria Champagne at 312.229.7251 or Adrianne Harkless at 312.762.2778. Registration deadline is January 12th.

For more information on support groups being offered at a Chicago area location, please call (312) 733-2102.