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Group Support

Getting Started…
An introduction to the healing process

What is Getting Started?
Getting Started is a program for adults interested in receiving individual counseling for issues related to sexual abuse occurring in childhood, or a rape/sexual assault that happened more than 1 year ago.
Getting Started is not considered a “processing therapy group”—meaning we will not be talking about individual traumas and you will not be expected or asked to tell your story to others.

Rather, the Getting Started Program is meant to be an opportunity to learn more about the long-term effects of sexual violence before beginning the healing process. You will also learn a little more about what individual counseling services at PAAR look like so you can decide if this is the time for you to start trauma-focused therapy. The four topics addressed in the Getting Started Program are:

1. Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
2. Managing Triggers and Flashbacks
3. Anger and Rage After Abuse
4. Trauma Toolbox

How Does Getting Started Work?
Before starting individual counseling at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), we ask that each client attend at least 2 out of 4 Getting Started topic session (listed above). These sessions will teach practical skills for understanding trauma and managing feelings during the healing process.

Each topic is presented twice a week:
Tuesdays 1:00PM-2:00PM
Wednesdays 6:00PM-7:00PM

After attending 2 different sessions, you will be contacted by a PAAR staff member to schedule an assessment with a therapist. PAAR’s goal is for counseling to begin within 2-6 weeks after completion of 2 Getting Started sessions. You are of course welcome to attend all four sessions if you are interested!

Sessions are one hour long and take place at PAAR’s location on the South Side of Pittsburgh:
81 South 19th Street
Pittsburgh PA 15203


PAAR is now offering A Support Group for survivors of sexual violence

PAAR’s Support Group will provide psychoeducation around the impact of sexual trauma, and survivors will be provided with the support and encouragement from each other. Our goal is to help survivors by:
• Learning healthy coping skills and self-care practices
• Exploring feelings and developing healthy strategies to understand difficult emotions
• Enhancing self-esteem and assertiveness skills
• Gaining the necessary skills to build healthy boundaries and identifying support networks.

The Support Group can be the first step into counseling. It is comprised of 10 sessions that are cyclical, and individuals can join at any time.

Who: The Support Groups are inclusive of any gender identification and expression over the age of 18.
When: Starting on July 24th, the Support Groups will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:30pm.
Where: PAAR South Side Location

*If you have any additional questions please reach out to Lea Tambellini, LCSW, Supervisor of Clinical Services at or 412-431-5665 ext 1154