540-981-9352 (24/7 crisis hotline)

Counseling

We’re here to help.

Whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, we can help. All of our services are free, confidential, and voluntary. SARA provides many services to survivors of sexual violence and members of their support system. Whether it happened recently or a long time ago, we can help wherever you are in your process. Survivors may need different services depending on what their goals are. Whatever you need, we can work together to see what works best for you.

Counseling

All counseling services at SARA are free, voluntary, and confidential. All services are provided by our professional staff counselors. SARA provides counseling for survivors and their loved ones ages 13 and older. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 540-345-7273 from Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Services include:
• Individual Counseling
• Group Counseling
• Family Counseling

All counseling is by appointment only.

What To Expect If You Come For Counseling

People seek counseling for many reasons:

  • Feelings of anger, confusion, fear, sadness
  • Disruptive thoughts of the trauma that won’t go away
  • Avoiding things and situations that are trauma reminders (and sometimes more)
  • Problems at work or school
  • Growing concerns about a child’s challenging behaviors
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Sleep disturbance and other health concerns

In order to make a referral, call the SARA office at 540-345-7273 or the hotline at 540-981-9352. Staff in the SARA office will schedule an appointment for counseling services.

To schedule a counseling appointment (in person or over the phone) you will be asked:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Age
  • Brief description of counseling needs
  • How were you referred to services

SARA staff will work with you to identify an appropriate day and time for your first counseling session.

What happens when I come for my first counseling appointment?

Individuals will be asked to fill out an “Intake Information Form” and a “Consent for Treatment Form”.
Individuals will receive a “Client’s Rights Form” and a “Notice of Privacy Practices Form”.
Individuals will meet with counselor to begin to identify the goals of the counseling sessions.