Safe Passage offers a variety of support groups for survivors who feel they can benefit from sharing their experiences with others. Our support groups are facilitated by staff counselors.
Our group counseling is designed to break the isolation and build a sense of community and support for survivors. For many survivors, a support group may be the only place where they can share their stories, engage with others, and develop strategic solutions to their concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Others participate in a support group to complement the individual counseling they receive at Safe Passage.
Weekly drop-in group – Tuesdays 10 am – noon
Every Tuesday morning, eight to 12 women gather to support each other and gain insight from others who have experienced domestic violence. Support group members talk about how domestic violence has affected them and what has helped them move forward. There's no need to call ahead to tell us you're coming. The Tuesday group is facilitated by Tori, one of our counselors. Join us!
If you do not identify as a woman, but would be interested in joining a support group, please contact our office.
Parenting group – Wednesdays 10 am – noon
Bridget, our Children's Advocate, offers this group for parents of all genders in need of parenting support. Participants discuss a variety of topics, including:
- The impact of domestic violence and trauma on children
- Ways to help children express emotions and develop healthy coping skills
- Healthy conflict resolution
- If you have specific needs such as childcare or translation services in order to attend a group, please contact the group facilitator in advance to make arrangements.
"Take Back Your Life by Taming Your Brain" group - Thursdays 1:30 pm - 3 pm, intake required
Safe Passage is offering a NEW counseling group for survivors of domestic violence who struggle with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. This group will be focused on increasing safety and empowerment using mindfulness-based coping skills. The design for this group integrates several evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy models, including Seeking Safety and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and focuses on:
- Gaining empowerment by understanding how trauma affects the brain, and ways to retrain the brain.
- Developing skills for managing intense emotions and urges.
- Reconnecting with values and goals.
- Recognizing habits (including substance abuse) and other behaviors that began as coping/survival strategies that provided relief from distress in the short-term, but are not workable for the long-term.
- Decreasing unhealthy attempts to cope with trauma, including substance abuse, while increasing range of safe and effective coping skills.
Registration and pre-group intake required. Anyone interested in attending this group should call 413-586-1125 and speak to Sage (x11) or Susannah (x15) for more information, and to schedule an intake.
Latina support group – Scheduled upon request.
Our Latina Counselor/Advocate is available to facilitate a group for Latina women. Members of this group discuss relationships, family, culture, and economic issues in Spanish and English. This group is available upon request and scheduled based on the participants' schedules.