Mental health therapy can be key to helping a survivor heal from the emotional and often traumatizing effects of domestic violence. For many survivors, it is a crucial piece of recovery.
For many years, LifeWire has offered individual mental health therapy to survivors and their children as part of our advocacy services. And starting last year, LifeWire began to offer therapy groups in addition to individual support.
Mental health therapy groups combine the professional skills of a therapist with peer support, which can decrease the isolation many survivors feel after leaving an abusive relationship. Hearing similar experiences from other group members can be helpful in the healing process, and survivors can learn and practice coping skills together. In addition, the survivors who participate in therapy group together begin to develop community and accountability with one another.
“It is so much more powerful when a survivor hears about safety concerns from a peer in the group, rather than hearing it from me,” said Daphne, LifeWire’s Mental Health Services Manager.
Mental health therapy groups have also allowed us to expand our reach to more survivors, decreasing the waiting list for Mental Health services. LifeWire is organizing additional therapy groups in 2018 to continue to meet the increased need for services in our community.