Our women’s issues intensive outpatient program (IOP) here at Grace Counseling is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women experiencing trauma, abuse, or abandonment. If you feel misunderstood, minimized, guarded, lonely, or scared, you can find healing and freedom here. Our therapy for women program is designed to only include female participants and leaders. Get the support and develop the skills necessary to find freedom and healing through our program. Our women’s issues therapy and counseling are based on the work of Stephanie Covington, who has done pioneering work as an advocate, clinician, and author on women’s issues.

Importance of Women’s Issues Therapy

Women across all cultures face a range of unique issues requiring special techniques to address. Often the best way to do so is through gender-specific counseling. Women’s therapy explores several issues, such as:

  • Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse: Millions of women are physically and sexually assaulted every year. It cuts across race and class. Over the last few decades, clinicians have been tracking and treating intimate partner violence or IPV. This is when women in unmarried relationships are stalked, harassed, or assaulted by their romantic partner or partners. For some women, working through this kind of trauma is best done with gender peers to avoid triggers and allow them to open up completely during therapy.
  • Infertility Counseling: Women who choose to pursue having children can find infertility extremely difficult to deal with emotionally and mentally. It can put a strain on relationships, whether they’re intimate, family, or friendships. Talking with peers going through similar situations can be a boon and help stabilize and return an individual to positive mental health.

Our Approach to Women’s Therapy

We use a program called Beyond Trauma in addition to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training. DBT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, a talk therapy, and deals specifically with learning how to express emotions appropriately to better cope with, overcome, and change negative behavioral habits.

Beyond Trauma was developed by Stephanie Covington, a leader in trauma therapy. It is a program made up of twelve sessions:

  • Session 1- Introduction to the Program: What is trauma?
  • Session 2- The Connection Between Violence, Abuse, and Trauma
  • Session 3- Power and Abuse
  • Session 4- The Process of Trauma and Reactions to Trauma
  • Session 5- How Trauma Affects Our Lives
  • Session 6- Abuse and the Family
  • Session 7- The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction: Spirals of Recovery and Healing
  • Session 8- Grounding and Self-Soothing
  • Session 9- The Mind and Body Connection
  • Session 10- Our Feelings
  • Session 11- Healthy Relationships
  • Session 12- Endings and Beginnings

During the program, you will learn about the neuroscience behind trauma and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to learn about your emotional triggers. Triggers are those things that bring back to the individual the trauma they experienced. Nearly anything can be a trigger–a sight, a sound, or smells. What is important is learning to identify what each person’s triggers are. Then together, the therapist and client can work through how to avoid and, in many cases, overcome them, giving individuals control of their lives back.With that, you can then begin to gain insight and develop coping skills in a safe space where your peers support you. At Grace Counseling, we believe in women helping women. Like all of our mental health services, our therapy for women is based on documented evidence of its success. While on this journey, you will also learn how to develop and manage healthy relationships with everyone around you.

Therapy for Women and More at Grace Counseling

Our unique therapy and counseling program for women is just one treatment option here at Grace Counseling. We also offer:

These therapies and others work alongside our health and wellness programs and substance abuse treatment. No matter your needs or the needs of a loved one, our team can help. Reach out to us today by calling 844.564.0712 to learn more and discover how we can help you.