Counseling

Individual Counseling

NOVA provides one-on-one short-term counseling to help victims, their family members and significant others identify and work through thoughts and feelings surrounding their victimization. On average, the duration of counseling ranges from 12 to 15 sessions over three to four months.

Counselors are master’s trained and specialize in the area of abuse and victimization. It is NOVA’s goal to help facilitate a healthy recovery process for all victims and their loved ones, and to assist clients in their effort to regain a sense of empowerment and control over their lives. Referrals are provided for those who wish to continue therapy beyond short-term intervention.

For counseling in Spanish, please call Maria Nye at 215-343-6543 x 167.
Para consejería en español, por favor hable con Maria Nye al número 215-343-6543 x 167.

For counseling in Korean or Mandarin, please call Jeesoo at 215-343-6543 x 208
한국어 상담 서비스 직통 연락처: 이지수 215-343-6543 x 208
中文咨询服务联系电话: 李知修 215-343-6543 x 208

Group Counseling

NOVA offers support groups to assist individuals who have experienced issues of victimization. The goal of this group interaction is to facilitate an environment where clients can be safe and share their experiences. Group participation can assist clients with additional insight, interaction and support to deal with issues related to victimization and encourage them to begin to take control of their lives.

NOVA’s support groups are time-limited and confidential and facilitated by a master’s level counselor. An intake and screening process determines if a particular group will meet the needs of a client.

For more information call NOVA’s hotline: 1-800-675-6900

NOVA offers the following groups on a regular basis:

  • TREM (Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model) groups for adult survivors of interpersonal violence
  • Trauma Informed Yoga Groups for teen and adult survivors of interpersonal violence
  • Thrive-group for female adolescent survivors of sexual violence
  • Parent Support group for caregivers of children who have been sexually abused

NOVA  also provides support groups on an as-need basis, including homicide groups, groups for LGBTQ survivors, and male sexual assault survivor support groups. Groups begin meeting when a sufficient number of participants are confirmed.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

TF-CBT is an evidence based practice for children under the age of 18. TF-CBT provides psychoeducation to children about the trauma they have experienced, teaches them emotion regulation and anxiety management skills, and allows them to process their experience of trauma in a safe and supportive way. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment protocol that also involves the child’s caregiver(s).

Trauma Support Program

The Trauma Support Program provides evidence based trauma treatment for children that are victims of crime who have barriers with coming into a traditional office setting for counseling.  This program also supports the child’s family, including caregivers and siblings in relation to the child’s trauma.

Restoring Families Program

The Restoring Families Program is a comprehensive, evidence program that works with children that are identified to have problematic sexual behavior. Children 7-14 and their caregivers work through a group curriculum to address the problematic sexual behavior.

Mobile School Counseling

NOVA staff have found that not all children have the transportation options needed to receive services in one of our three offices, or the caregiver involvement needed for our in office or in home TF-CBT program.  While working in tandem with a caregiver at home or in an office setting is considered best practice, we decided to start a mobile counseling program in area schools to provide counseling services to children who cannot participate in those services. Please call the NOVA hotline and speak to a counselor to determine if you or your child qualify for Mobile School Counseling services.

Trauma Processing Yoga Groups

Research has shown that yoga is an effective intervention for healing from trauma. Because one hallmark of interpersonal or sexual trauma is that people often feel unsafe in their bodies, trauma informed yoga strives to increase a person’s feeling of safety in their body. Participants of trauma processing yoga groups learn how to take healthy control of their bodies by taking effective action, making choices, and practicing rhythms in their body. In trauma informed yoga, no level of yoga experience is required. Participants can remain in a chair the whole time if so desired, and are given many options for how they would like to participate. NOVA runs four levels of Trauma Processing Yoga Groups, with each previous level being a prerequisite for the next.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Some of NOVA’s clinicians are trained in EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an evidence-based practice that allows a person to process previously unprocessed trauma, using bilateral stimulation of the brain through eye movements, tapping, or sounds. See the following article for more information: http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/, and at your intake appointment you can discuss with your counselor whether EMDR may be right for you.