Counseling

MOCSA provides individual and group counseling services free of charge. MOCSA therapists are specifically trained to support survivors of sexual abuse and assault. 

 

For more information about services and scheduling call 816-531-0233

Individual therapy is available for adults, children (ages 5+), families, and significant others.  These services are available no matter how recent or long it’s been since a sexual assault or abuse occurred. Counselors can provide a variety of evidenced-based treatment modalities including EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), sand tray, and other brain-based interventions. Clients identify their own strengths and are supported as they navigate through their healing journey.

 

Group Counseling & Support Groups

What's the difference between group counseling & support groups?

What’s the difference between our support groups and group counseling?

Support groups are facilitated by advocates (not counselors) who plan activities and discussions focusing on self-care and self-reflection. Discussions do not involve trauma-processing, sharing of stories/specific details, asking for legal/criminal justice advice, or behavior-modifying therapies.

Counseling groups are run by licensed counselors. Discussions do not involve trauma-processing, but do provide a better place to delve into emotions and behavioral changes than support groups. Unlike support groups, these groups require advanced registration and are not “drop-in.”

Who can attend?

Our support groups are open to survivors of sexual assault and abuse only.  Please note, the individual must also be 18+ years of age and either live in/their assault needs to have occurred in our service area (Cass, Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte). Cab vouchers are available for anyone who cannot attend in-person due to lack of transportation. 

Group therapy is open to all survivors of sexual assault and abuse. However, we also have a group for partners/parents/siblings and for youth with problematic behaviors. Please note, the individual must also live in/their assault needs to have occurred in our service area (Cass, Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte). Cab vouchers are available for anyone who cannot attend in-person due to lack of transportation.

List of Support Groups Available

All Gender Support Group
Who: All genders/identities, 18+
Where: In-person, JCCC in the Reigner Center, room 170
When: Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
Facilitators: Haley Hyatt (hhyatt@mocsa.org) and Emily Voss (evoss@mocsa.org)
Contact: Emily at 816-285-1391

Men’s Support Group
Who: Cis men, non-binary, male-identifying, trans men, 18+
Where: In-person, MOCSA
When: Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
Facilitators: Jorge Basaure-Carrington (jbasaure-carrington@mocsa.org) and Alyssa Buffington (abuffington@mocsa.org)
Contact: Jorge at 816-946-8970

Women’s Support Group
Who: Cis women, non-binary, female-identifying, trans women, 18+
Where: Virtual
When: Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm
Facilitators: Sarah Souphankysy-Swift (ssouphankysyswift@mocsa.org) and Jenna Sturgis (jsturgis@mocsa.org)
Contact: Jenna at 816-401-0610

All Gender Virtual Support Group
Who: All genders/identities 18+
Where: Virtual
When: Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Facilitators: Melody Joy (mjoy@mocsa.org) and Briana Kawkaba (bkawkaba@mocsa.org)
Contact: Melody at 816-285-1322

Spanish-Speaking Group/Grupo de Charlas
Who: Spanish-speaking cis women, non-binary, female-identifying, trans women, 18+
Where: In-person, Keeler Women’s Center
When: Tuesdays, 11:30am-1pm
Facilitators: Michelle Rodriguez (mrodriguez@mocsa.org)
Contact: Michelle at 816-541-2318

LGBTQIA Survivor Support Group
Who: All LGBTQIA+ individuals, 18+
Where: In person, Our Spot KC, 500 N 7th St Trfy, KCK 66101
When: Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Facilitators: Sarah Souphankysky-Swift (ssouphankysyswift@mocsa.org) and Karla Dubon with Our Spot, an LGBTQ+ nonprofit
Contact: Sarah at 816-381-0472

List of Counseling Groups Available

To inquire about or register for group counseling, please call and leave a message with the crisis line (816-531-0233) and an Intake Specialist will return your call.

Cool, Calm, and Connected
Who: All genders/identities, SA survivors, 18+
Where: Virtual
When: Mondays, 5pm
Description: 8-week program that follows a slight curriculum, but not strictly. Members must join at the start of the 8 weeks and will learn about trauma/trauma responses, safety, and stabilization. 

Calma y Conexion
Who: All genders/identities, SA survivors who are Spanish-speaking, 18+
Where: In-person at MOCSA
When: Tuesdays, 9am
Description: Same program as Calm, Cool, Collected but for Spanish-speaking individuals and is culturally-informed.

Creative Writing
Who: All genders/identities, SA survivors, 18+
Where: In-person at MOCSA
When: Tuesdays, 12pm
Description: There is a light curriculum where there is a new topic each week to write about, but they can write about anything as long as it’s not details of their trauma. Members also have the option to share their writing.

DBT Skills
Who: All genders/identities, SA survivors, 18+
Where: TBD, may change between in-person and virtual
When: Tuesdays, 5:30pm
Description: 6-week program that is heavily curriculum-based. Topics include stress reduction, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution. Members must join at the start of the 6 weeks, but can attend multiple rounds of the program.  

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
Who: Cis women, non-binary, female-identifying, trans women, SA survivors, 16+ Where: TBD
When: TBD, not meeting until 2023
Description: Virtual trauma-informed yoga class, will admit 16 and 17-year-olds on case-by-case basis.

Partners in Healing
Who: Partners, parents, or siblings of SA survivors 
Where: Virtual
When: Monday, 5pm
Description: Open to partners and parents who both have and have not experienced SA themselves, and siblings who have not experienced SA. Parents/partners/siblings who have experienced SA themselves (whether related to their family member’s assault or not) are also able to sign up for individual counseling for that SA and the re-traumatization they may be facing.

(WE)volve Teen Group
Who: Teen survivors of sexual assault, 13-15 and 16-17
Where: Facilitators will determine with members whether to meet virtually or in person
When: Tuesdays, 4-5pm
Description: 10 week rotating sessions for teens. Separate ten-week sessions available for ages 13-15 and ages 16-17. Minors must be signed up by a legal guardian. 

Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (YPSB)
Who: Children under 18 who have displayed concerning sexual behaviors, parents
Description: There are different groups based on age, as well as groups for parents. 

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