HAVEN Counseling Program
The non-residential Counseling Program serves individuals of all ages who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Counselors are specially trained to address the safety needs and concerns of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Both group and individual counseling are available.
All counseling clients can also be assisted with personal protection orders, housing resources, access to a career center, and referrals for health and financial assistance.
HAVEN counseling services are offered free of charge.
Counseling in this program focuses on several things:
- the educational component of the dynamics and effects of abuse,
- crisis intervention,
- sorting out feelings of confusion and helplessness, and
- implementation of safety planning and support.
At HAVEN, the client determines her counseling goals in collaboration with the counselor. No diagnosis or labels are given because being victimized is not a mental health issue.
Counseling for domestic or sexual assault survivors includes a focus on victim safety. This can mean many things to different survivors. For example, one person may need help staying safe from a physically violent perpetrator while another may be ready to explore feeling safe in a new relationship. Victims often report that talking to a counselor was the first time they were able to tell their story and be listened to without judgment or blame.
Counselors also work with supportive friends and family members who are dealing with their own feelings around the abuse of someone they love.
Counseling at HAVEN is provided by staff with master’s level degrees in social work, counseling and psychology.
In addition to counseling, therapists are also available to provide expert witness testimony for prosecutors. There is a fee for this service to cover time and travel costs.
For more information or to register for the counseling program, please contact HAVEN at 248-334-1274, or chat live with us online.
Group counseling is often a benefit for victims because group members reduce their feelings of isolation, learn from each other’s experiences and gain additional support from others experiencing similar events. Many group members form lasting friendships.
Specialty groups and seminars take place throughout the year, addressing topics such as what to know if you are considering divorce, general legal clinics, and budgeting and finance.
Healing Workshops are also offered at various times throughout the year. These workshops focus on working through trauma by incorporating the mind, body and spirit. Examples of these workshops include: Yoga for Survivors, Mandalas (an art experiential workshop), dance/movement therapy, meditation and more.
Yes to both.
Children who live in a home where domestic violence has occurred can benefit from working with a counselor — they can explore safety planning as well as nonviolent means of expressing feelings together.
Teens who are in a controlling or abusive dating relationship can benefit from the self-awareness that counseling can assist with. Teens can be seen individually or in a group.