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:
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