Sexual Abuse Support Groups in Illinois

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Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
This group is facilitated by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino. Offered in-person and virtual. Contact Core Psychotherapy Center at 847-240-5080 or info@corepsychcenter.com for interest and inquiries.
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Hosted by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
This group is facilitated by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino. Offered in-person and virtual. Contact Core Psychotherapy Center at 847-240-5080 or info@corepsychcenter.com for interest and inquiries.
(708) 775-3048 View (708) 775-3048
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (OCT. 25, 2017)
This group is offered to men who have been sexually abused. The aim of this group is to help men recover, cope, and discover helpful ways of managing this uncomfortable personal history in a supportive group environment. We meet one ...
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Hosted by C Dion Bush
PsyD, MA
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60615
This group is offered to men who have been sexually abused. The aim of this group is to help men recover, cope, and discover helpful ways of managing this uncomfortable personal history in a supportive group environment. We meet one ...
(773) 250-6095 View (773) 250-6095
Teen Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Many teen survivors feel isolated. Because of the shame and stigma surrounding sexual victimization, they may feel as though they are the only ones who have experienced this trauma. Support groups have a powerful healing and restorative effect by providing ...
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Hosted by Anna Mazek-Vann
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor , LCPC
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
Many teen survivors feel isolated. Because of the shame and stigma surrounding sexual victimization, they may feel as though they are the only ones who have experienced this trauma. Support groups have a powerful healing and restorative effect by providing ...
(847) 457-0762 View (847) 457-0762
Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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Hosted by Core Psychotherapy Center, Ltd.
Treatment Center, PhD
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
(708) 401-9020 View (708) 401-9020
Men Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
This group is facilitated by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino. Offered in-person and virtual. Contact Core Psychotherapy Center at 847-240-5080 or info@corepsychcenter.com for interest and inquiries.
Photo of Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Illinois
Hosted by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
This group is facilitated by Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino. Offered in-person and virtual. Contact Core Psychotherapy Center at 847-240-5080 or info@corepsychcenter.com for interest and inquiries.
(708) 775-3048 View (708) 775-3048
Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault
The trauma from childhood sexual abuse often endures into adulthood and is manifested in emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. Similarly, the experience of sexual assault can leave survivors feeling a variety of overwhelming and complex emotions including confusion, hopelessness, insecurity, ...
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Hosted by Arti Persaud
Counselor, PhD, LCPC
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
The trauma from childhood sexual abuse often endures into adulthood and is manifested in emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. Similarly, the experience of sexual assault can leave survivors feeling a variety of overwhelming and complex emotions including confusion, hopelessness, insecurity, ...
(847) 994-4424 View (847) 994-4424
Men Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Men Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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Hosted by Core Psychotherapy Center, Ltd.
Treatment Center, PhD
Verified
Group meets in Schaumburg, IL 60173
Men Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
(708) 401-9020 View (708) 401-9020
Resilient Remembrance: A Sexual Trauma Support
Join other survivors of sexual trauma in exploring your unique creative process. Build coping and resiliency with mind-body tools, visual art, and creative self-expression. You may choose to engage in performance as therapy by sharing a creative representation of your ...
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Hosted by Amanda Mitchell
Counselor, LCPC, BC-DMT
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60641
Join other survivors of sexual trauma in exploring your unique creative process. Build coping and resiliency with mind-body tools, visual art, and creative self-expression. You may choose to engage in performance as therapy by sharing a creative representation of your ...
(773) 985-8813 View (773) 985-8813
Nonoffending Parent Support Group
Small, time-limited weekly group designed to provide support and psychoeducation for nonoffending parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
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Hosted by Frederika C. Theus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Group meets in Westmont, IL 60559
Small, time-limited weekly group designed to provide support and psychoeducation for nonoffending parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
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Resilient Remembrance: Sexual Trauma Support
Join other survivors of sexual trauma in exploring your unique creative process. Build coping and resiliency with mind-body tools, visual art, and creative self-expression. You may choose to engage in performance as therapy by sharing a creative representation of your ...
Photo of Sondra Malling, Counselor in Illinois
Hosted by Sondra Malling
Counselor, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60641
Join other survivors of sexual trauma in exploring your unique creative process. Build coping and resiliency with mind-body tools, visual art, and creative self-expression. You may choose to engage in performance as therapy by sharing a creative representation of your ...
(872) 259-7076 View (872) 259-7076
Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Group
Becky Carter runs a beautifully safe, non-oppressive group, adds in Somatic/Nervous system education and management.
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Hosted by Family Resilience Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
Group meets in Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Becky Carter runs a beautifully safe, non-oppressive group, adds in Somatic/Nervous system education and management.
(847) 393-8908 View (847) 393-8908
Male Survivor Group
Too often men who are abused feel disconnected from themselves and the people around them. Gender expectations can interfere with men seeking help and receiving the support they deserve. This 10 week structured group is intended for male survivors at ...
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Hosted by Judith Ierulli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Group meets in Evanston, IL 60201
Too often men who are abused feel disconnected from themselves and the people around them. Gender expectations can interfere with men seeking help and receiving the support they deserve. This 10 week structured group is intended for male survivors at ...
(847) 230-4295 View (847) 230-4295
Childhood Trauma Processing/Psychoeducation Groups
Within our own Trauma Program paradigm, we are working to prepare a version of group therapy for adult survivors of childhood trauma. More details are forthcoming. Please check on our website www.koziolthrapyandcoachi ng.com and read more under the Groups tab.
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Hosted by Wioleta Koziol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60618
Within our own Trauma Program paradigm, we are working to prepare a version of group therapy for adult survivors of childhood trauma. More details are forthcoming. Please check on our website www.koziolthrapyandcoachi ng.com and read more under the Groups tab.
(773) 906-4186 View (773) 906-4186
Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Starting October 5th via zoom. This a closed confidential group to support each other in healing from childhood sexual abuse. We will discuss how this trauma effects our relationships with others and ourselves. This is a therapy group and an ...
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Hosted by Dana L Barrows
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPHA
Verified
Group meets in Red Bud, IL 62278
Starting October 5th via zoom. This a closed confidential group to support each other in healing from childhood sexual abuse. We will discuss how this trauma effects our relationships with others and ourselves. This is a therapy group and an ...
(618) 352-5791 View (618) 352-5791
Male Suriviors of Chlidhood Sexual Abuse Group
Too often men who are abused feel disconnected from themselves and the people around them. Gender expectations can interfere with men seeking help and receiving the support they deserve. This group will provide education about sexual and physical abuse and ...
Photo of Judith Ierulli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Illinois
Hosted by Judith Ierulli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Group meets in Evanston, IL 60201
Too often men who are abused feel disconnected from themselves and the people around them. Gender expectations can interfere with men seeking help and receiving the support they deserve. This group will provide education about sexual and physical abuse and ...
(847) 230-4295 View (847) 230-4295
Healing Spirals: Gay Survivors of Sexual Abuse
This group explores the different issues that arise for gay men who were abused as children or adolescents. These might include: establishing trust; assessing safety; dealing with memories; negotiating relationships with families of origin; coping with feelings of shame, isolation, ...
Photo of Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Illinois
Hosted by Jeff Levy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CTRS
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60640
This group explores the different issues that arise for gay men who were abused as children or adolescents. These might include: establishing trust; assessing safety; dealing with memories; negotiating relationships with families of origin; coping with feelings of shame, isolation, ...
(773) 717-2962 View (773) 717-2962
Sex Offender Treatment Group
This program is geared towards men whom have offended and are currently on probation or parole.
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Hosted by Kari Lee Stearns-Lamb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW, LSOTP
Verified
Group meets in Moline, IL 61265
This program is geared towards men whom have offended and are currently on probation or parole.
(563) 922-6275 View (563) 922-6275
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Learn skills that can help you: Explore the ways in which sexual abuse has impacted you physically, emotionally, cognitively, and interpersonally; Identify and work through conflicts and concerns that have arisen as a result of abuse, in a safe and ...
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Hosted by Joy Ryba
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60625
Learn skills that can help you: Explore the ways in which sexual abuse has impacted you physically, emotionally, cognitively, and interpersonally; Identify and work through conflicts and concerns that have arisen as a result of abuse, in a safe and ...
(773) 570-4029 View (773) 570-4029
Small Steps to Heal - trauma group
Join a community of women! This psychoeducation and processing group is for women who experienced familial & relationship trauma. The group will meet in-person for 8 weeks, starting SEPTEMBER 29. The group will cover: how trauma impacts the body and ...
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Hosted by Liana Gerdov Psy.d.
Psychologist, Anxiety, Trauma, CHT, Hypno, PsyD
Verified
Group meets in Palatine, IL 60067
Join a community of women! This psychoeducation and processing group is for women who experienced familial & relationship trauma. The group will meet in-person for 8 weeks, starting SEPTEMBER 29. The group will cover: how trauma impacts the body and ...
(872) 401-6044 View (872) 401-6044


Sexual Abuse Support Groups

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.