Therapeutic Counseling

Whether it is a few days after the abuse or years after—whether the assault happened locally or outside of our service area—we are here to help. We offer free, confidential counseling services to survivors of sexual violence and everyone else in the community who has been affected by this crime, including survivors’ acquaintances, friends, family and partners. Our goal is to assist clients in the healing of issues that stem from the trauma of sexual violence, helping them to cope with the immediate crisis and regain a sense of control and trust.

Our counselors use a variety of trauma-informed, evidenced-based therapeutic approaches, including but not limited to: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and bilateral stimulation (i.e. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

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Types of Counseling Services

Crisis Counseling

Helps the survivor meet immediate identified needs; stabilizes their reactions to the trauma; helps them prioritize and plan to resolve their concerns; and provides information and referral services related to a recent assault or trigger.

Individual Counseling

Provides an open, supportive, and confidential environment to address the issues that are concerning you.

Couples Counseling

Helps non-offending partners heal from the lasting physical and psychological effects of sexual violence.

Family Counseling

Targets relationships and the overall functioning of the family unit for non-offending family members.

Support Groups/Group Counseling

Helps build trust and camaraderie among survivors as participants collectively explore the causes of their issues.

Hope Harbor has licensed mental health professionals ready to provide you with specialized therapy services. The main office is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There are also offices in Glasgow, Franklin, and Russellville.

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Helpful Facts

  • All of our services are free of charge

  • All of our services are private and confidential

  • Therapy services are specialized and focus specifically on treatment of sexual abuse/assault

  • Therapy services are provided for those who are willing to engage in treatment

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How to Initiate Services

Contact our agency at (270) 782-5014 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm· A staff person will take some basic information from you and our service coordinator will schedule a one- to- one and a half hour intake/orientation session.

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During this session, you can expect the following:

  1. A tour of the agency
  2. Information on therapy services, including an orientation folder providing additional help
  3. To discuss and sign consent forms for treatment
  4. To complete a trauma assessment

For parents and caregivers of children, it may be necessary to provide a copy of the most recent custody paperwork.

The Next Step

Once the initial intake session is completed, you will be assigned a therapist during the weekly clinical meeting which is currently conducted on Tuesday morning. Within the next few days after the meeting, you can expect a scheduling phone call to begin your therapy.

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What to Expect during Therapy

Our therapists practice trauma-informed therapy which is client-centered as well as individualized. Some types of therapy utilized at Hope Harbor are EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy as well as mindfulness techniques.

You, along with your therapist, will develop a treatment plan based on your unique needs which may include weekly or bi-weekly sessions.

Our therapeutic goal is to empower clients to utilize the resources they already possess.

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