Counseling


NOVA is committed to helping victims of crime so that they may better understand the trauma which they have experienced, find the tools to cope and move forward with healing. A range of counseling services are available to victims and the significant people in their lives.

Recognizing that the experience of trauma affects a person’s sense of safety and well-being, NOVA counseling services are provided to support an individual and their family and to empower clients in their effort to regain control over their lives. NOVA staff will work with an individual perform an assessment of symptoms and needs and identify the type of counseling service best suited for their individual needs.

OUR COUNSELORS HAVE ADVANCED DEGREES AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING in trauma-informed treatment, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma informed yoga, and EMDR.

Contact NOVA at 1-800-675-6900 to inquire about counseling services. The following counseling options are available FREE OF CHARGE to victims and their families:

Individual Counseling

NOVA provides private short-term counseling to help victims and the important people in their lives. The duration of counseling typically lasts between 12 to 15 sessions, over three or four months.

Our counselors specialize in techniques to minimize the negative effects of abuse and victimization. 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 by providing a safe place to share thoughts and feelings . Group participation can assist clients with additional insight, interaction and support to begin to take control of their lives.

NOVA’s support groups are time-limited and confidential and facilitated by a NOVA counselor.

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 survivors who identify as LGBTQ+, 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. This type of therapy provides children with information about the trauma they have experienced and teaches them emotion regulation and anxiety management skills. This form of therapy allows them to process their experience of trauma in a safe and supportive way. It 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 who are victims of crime and have barriers to counseling in a traditional office. This program also supports the child’s family, including caregivers and siblings, and provides skills to help others cope with the child’s trauma in a way to create the best environment for the child to heal.

Restoring Families Program

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

Mobile School Counseling

Not all children have the transportation options needed to receive services. While working in tandem with a caregiver at home or in an office setting is considered best practice, mobile counseling in area schools is an option to provide counseling services to children. 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 it increases 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.

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.