At your initial appointment you will see an intake counsellor who will gather some information from you and go over some information about counselling. They will also help you work on safety and stabilization techniques before your start your trauma counselling. To book an initial intake please contact us via email or phone. We know that making that first step in acknowledging you need counselling can be terrifying, so please let us know if you will not be able to make your intake appointment, so that we can offer your spot to another survivor. We will still be here when you are ready.
We aim to assist anyone who walks through our doors, with or without an appointment. However please note that for walk-ins we may not be able to see you for an intake right away – depending on counsellors schedules. If this happens we will assist you in making an appointment and help you anyway we can.
We offer free, confidential and non-judgmental 1:1 counselling to ALL survivors of sexualized violence, regardless of gender and identity. Our counsellors work within a client-centered, trauma informed framework, to provide compassionate support on your healing journey. We believe you are your own expert and know that healing looks different for every survivor. We will work with you to address the counselling goals you identify as being most important. Our team of counsellors consists of trained professionals (MSW, M.A Counselling, and SSW). Our trauma therapy follows the traditional 3 stages of trauma recovery
1: Safety and Stabilization,
2: Trauma Processing
We work with each individual client using different counselling modalities and techniques such as, CBT, DBT, mindfullness and narrative therapy all within a feminist based practice, tailored to each individual.
Indigenous Counselling Program
SAC is pleased to offer an Indigenous Counsellor who provides counselling within an indigenous framework and is open to all who self-identify as an indigenous survivor of sexualized violence, regardless of status. Our Indigenous Counsellor also runs our Healing and Sharing Circle and other various groups throughout the year. The indigenous program can also provide specific training and workshops on various topics such as Abuse & The Impact of the Residential School System.
Services en français
Nous offrons des services de soutien gratuits et confidentiels aux personnes ayant subi des actes de violence à caractère sexuel dans les comtés de Frontenac, Lennox et Addington. Nous collaborons avec des partenaires communautaires pour favoriser le changement et prendre des mesures visant à faire cesser la violence sexuelle.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) Assistance
We can assist you in regards to filling out your application process as well as during the hearing. If you would like more information or assistance please contact us. For more information on CICB click here. Please note the application is quite lengthy and usually takes several appointments before it can be completed.
Online counselling is available to those who wish to use that service. SAC Kingston uses Zoom technology video conferencing. If you think this would be a better fit for you, please contact your counsellor.
Throughout the year we offer groups at no cost and open to all survivors. Additional group topics, such as Empowerment, Addictions and Trauma, and Mindfulness may take place throughout the year. Please note that some groups may be open to current clients only. Contact us for group schedules. Child minding may also be available.
- Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Group
This 8-week trauma-informed group is for adult survivors that wish to better understand the effects of childhood sexual abuse, examine dysfunctional family dynamics, as well as connect with other survivors in a safe, confidential environment. In addition to helping survivors understand the impact childhood sexual abuse has had on their lives, this intensive group also explores the principles of healing and offers guidance on how to begin moving towards a place of self-love and self-compassion.
- Managing Powerful Emotions
This 12-week skills training group is intended to help you better tolerate and regulate your emotions. The group is designed to help you identify and label your emotions, understand the purpose of your emotions, recognize what activates and intensifies your emotions and understand the relationship between emotions and behaviour.
- CONNECTIONS: Shame Resilience Group
This 12 week group is based on the work of Brené Brown, and examines letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you really are. Topics include defining shame, practicing empathy, exploring triggers and vulnerabilities, practicing critical awareness, reaching out to others and creating, embracing and inspiring change.
- Prenatal Support Group
This group is for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Childminding may be available.
- Living Well with Chronic Pain Group
This skills-based group (funded by the LHIN) runs for 2.5 hours, once a week, for 6 weeks and is for individuals who are experiencing a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Paricipants will learn information and practical tools to help develop self-management skills, giving them the confidence and motivation they need to better manage their symptoms, challenges, and they day-to day tasks of living with chronic pain.