Host: Mx. Anna N. Valianos, LCSW
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60647
"Collective Healing: A Support Group for Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. This 9 week virtual support group is open to 18+ Women, Femme people, and Gender Expansive folks. Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm CST via Google Meet. Starting October 7th 2021. ..."
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60647
"Collective Healing: A Support Group for Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. This 9 week virtual support group is open to 18+ Women, Femme people, and Gender Expansive folks. Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm CST via Google Meet. Starting October 7th 2021. ..."
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Host: Dr. Samantha Gehr, PsyD
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill-building, grounding techniques, and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear other ..."
(872) 215-4639
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Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill-building, grounding techniques, and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear other ..."
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Host: Ms. Stacy Rhoades, LCPC
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
"Sexual trauma -- including sexual assault, rape, childhood sexual abuse -- significantly impacts all areas of one's life. While each person's recovery from sexual trauma is different, many of the effects, triggers, symptoms, and emotions are similar. Hearing someone else ..."
(773) 912-0934
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
"Sexual trauma -- including sexual assault, rape, childhood sexual abuse -- significantly impacts all areas of one's life. While each person's recovery from sexual trauma is different, many of the effects, triggers, symptoms, and emotions are similar. Hearing someone else ..."
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Host: Dr. C Dion Bush, PsyD, MA
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
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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 ..."
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Host: Dr. Colleen Duffy Cira, PsyD
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill building, grounding techniques and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear ..."
(312) 967-9204
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill building, grounding techniques and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear ..."
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Host: Dr. Dr. Kathryn Brandenborg, PsyD, EMDR , Trained
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill building, grounding techniques and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear ..."
(866) 884-2704
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill building, grounding techniques and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear ..."
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Host: Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino, PhD
Group meets in:
Schaumburg, IL 60173
"The impact of childhood sexual abuse often endures into adulthood and is manifested in emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. The abuse experiences create meanings that impact the ability to sustain a healthy relationship with one’s self and others. In group, ..."
(847) 240-5080
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Group meets in:
Schaumburg, IL 60173
"The impact of childhood sexual abuse often endures into adulthood and is manifested in emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. The abuse experiences create meanings that impact the ability to sustain a healthy relationship with one’s self and others. In group, ..."
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Host: Dr. Grace Tomas-Tolentino, PhD
Group meets in:
Schaumburg, IL 60173
"This group offers support to adult survivors of sexual assault. The experience of sexual assault can leave survivors feeling a variety of overwhelming and complex emotions including confusion, hopelessness, insecurity, shame, anger and loss. The group will allow participants to ..."
(847) 240-5080
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Group meets in:
Schaumburg, IL 60173
"This group offers support to adult survivors of sexual assault. The experience of sexual assault can leave survivors feeling a variety of overwhelming and complex emotions including confusion, hopelessness, insecurity, shame, anger and loss. The group will allow participants to ..."
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Host: Katie Grant, MS, LCPC
Group meets in:
Rock Island, IL 61201
"Adult survivors of sexual trauma in childhood come together to learn how to process their experiences, overcome the challenges resulting from the trauma, and express themselves while mutually supporting others. Weekly online group (Mondays) and in-person group (Saturdays) both starting ..."
(309) 455-4106
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Group meets in:
Rock Island, IL 61201
Not accepting new clients
"Adult survivors of sexual trauma in childhood come together to learn how to process their experiences, overcome the challenges resulting from the trauma, and express themselves while mutually supporting others. Weekly online group (Mondays) and in-person group (Saturdays) both starting ..."
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Host: Miss. Jacqueline Swietochowski, ATR
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 ..."
(847) 485-1568
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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 ..."
Photo of Judith Ierulli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Ms. Judith Ierulli, LCSW
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
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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 ..."
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Host: Ms. Shenandoah Cardwell, MA, NCC, LCPC
Group meets in:
Mundelein, IL 60060
"Has someone you know been accused of a sexual offense? Facilitated by a therapist who has worked with both sexual abuse victims and offenders since 1989, this Group is a unique, non-judgmental resource for the family members of juveniles or ..."
(847) 920-7611
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Group meets in:
Mundelein, IL 60060
"Has someone you know been accused of a sexual offense? Facilitated by a therapist who has worked with both sexual abuse victims and offenders since 1989, this Group is a unique, non-judgmental resource for the family members of juveniles or ..."
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Host: Dr. Frederika C. Theus, PsyD
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. "
(773) 355-4189
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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. "
Photo of Sondra Malling, Counselor
Host: Ms. Sondra Malling, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
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
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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 ..."
Host: Ms. Amanda Mitchell, LCPC, BC-DMT
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
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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 ..."
Photo of Jordan Ferranto, Counselor
Host: Ms. Jordan Ferranto, LCPC, ATR
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) 207-3181
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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 ..."
Photo of The Family Resilience Group, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Ms. Kristen Marzolf, LCSW, SEP
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
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Group meets in:
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
"Becky Carter runs a beautifully safe, non-oppressive group, adds in Somatic/Nervous system education and management. "
Photo of Choices Counseling, Inc., Counselor
Host: Ms. Pamela S Smith, MA, LCPC, LSOE, LSOTP
Group meets in:
Troy, IL 62294
"Group services available in Troy, Marion, and Mt. Vernon, Illinois. "
(618) 414-3474
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Group meets in:
Troy, IL 62294
"Group services available in Troy, Marion, and Mt. Vernon, Illinois. "
Photo of Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Jeff Levy, LCSW, CTRS
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
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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, ..."
Photo of Judith Ierulli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Ms. Judith Ierulli, LCSW
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
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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 ..."

Sexual Abuse Support Groups
Child sexual abuse is the deliberate exposure of a minor child to sexual activity that the child cannot comprehend or consent to. This means a child is forced or talked into sex or sexual activities by another person. This behavior includes acts such as inappropriate touching of a child's breasts or genitalia, someone exposing their genitalia to a child, fondling, oral-genital contact, genital and anal intercourse, as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, and exposure to pornography.

If you're looking for a support group that has treated clients who've experienced sexual abuse in Illinois or for Illinois sexual abuse counseling, these professionals provide confidential support for individuals in an abusive relationship. They include sexual abuse support groups, sexual abuse psychologists and sexual abuse counselors. Support Groups can help with child abuse in Illinois and sexual violence in Illinois. An Illinois support group can identify the signs and causes of sexual abuse, discuss intervention and refer victims to shelters.

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Illinois Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Illinois is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Illinois are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.