Group Counseling

We believe that survivors of child sexual abuse and those who love and support them benefit by interacting with others in similar situations. On this page we hope you will find a group that you believe will enhance your healing.

New groups form every three months in September, January, and May.

If you would like more information regarding the groups or if you would like to enroll, please call us at (831) 423-7601 or download our registration packet: English | Español 

Women’s Therapy Group

We provide a safe and supportive environment for healing from child sexual abuse. Together we break through isolation, develop healthy coping skills, reduce shame, and build healthy boundaries. Healing is facilitated using emotional release exercises, meditation, imagery, writing, and group discussions. An emphasis is placed on learning to nurture ourselves as we heal. The group meets for 12 weeks.

Led by Ama Delevett LMFT in Santa Cruz: Monday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Tuesday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Led by Winona Suyenobu LMFT in Santa Cruz: Tuesday 6:00 pm to 8:00, and Saturday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 
Led by Jennifer Young MFTI in Soquel Office (Park Avenue): Tuesday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Wednesday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 
Led by Sheri Anselmi, Ph.D., in Watsonville: Monday, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Men’s Therapy Group

We help men understand that they are not alone and are not to blame. In a safe, supportive environment, we will use writing, emotional release exercises, and other processes to explore our feelings, confront the violation, and recognize the anger resulting from the original abuse. Gather strength, celebrate survival, and take the steps necessary to heal and move on. Group meets for 12 weeks.
Led by Marlon Guarino, MFT Intern Tuesday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
New Group Forming
-Mondays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (LBT) Therapy Group

This group provides a safe and supportive healing environment for exploring issues of child sexual abuse. Goals of the group are to break isolation, develop healthy coping skills, reduce shame, increase self-esteem, and build healthy boundaries. Healing is facilitated using emotional release exercises, meditation, imagery, writing, and group discussions. An emphasis is placed on learning to nurture ourselves as we heal. This group meets in Santa Cruz for 12 weeks.

Teen Girls Group in Santa Cruz

We provide a safe and supportive environment for young women to regain hope and heal from sexual abuse. In a group pf 4-6 participants, teen girls (15-17 years) will explore healthy coping skills, process the effects of the trauma, increase self-esteem, reconnect with their strengths and courage and reclaim their lives.
Led by Jeanie Vogelzang, LMFT in Soquel Office (Park Avenue) Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.

Mothers’ Group

We are now offering an eight-week intensive therapy group for mothers whose children are survivors of sexual abuse. Goals of the therapy groups are to break isolation, process the effects of the trauma and develop healthy boundaries and coping skills. Healing is facilitated using group discussion with others in similar situations.
Led by Jeanie Vogelzang, LMFT in Soquel Office (Park Avenue) Thursday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Partners of Survivors Group

This is a safe, nurturing group to explore the impact of child sexual abuse has on your relationship and the unique challenges you might face. Partners will learn how to take care of themselves while helping each other grow. Learn how to be present and supportive, to get past the pain and find relief in the safety of a healthy, loving, and romantic relationship.  If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.

Men’s Therapy Group at SiSe Puede in Watsonville

We help men understand that they are not alone and are not to blame. In a safe, supportive environment, we will use writing, emotional release exercises, and other processes to explore our feelings, confront the violation, and recognize the anger resulting from the original abuse. Gather strength, celebrate survival, and take the steps necessary to heal and move on. Group meets for 8 weeks.
Led by Mark L’Ecluse, LMFT

Women’s Therapy Group in collaboration with Head Start

We provide a safe and supportive healing environment for exploring issues of child sexual abuse and  break isolation, develop healthy coping skills, reduce shame, increase self-esteem, and build healthy boundaries. Healing is facilitated through the use of emotional release exercises, meditation, imagery, writing, and group discussions. Group will meet at Head Start offices in Watsonville.

Mothers’ Group in Watsonville

We are now offering an eight-week intensive therapy group for mothers whose children are survivors of sexual abuse. Goals of the therapy groups are to break isolation, process the effects of the trauma and develop healthy boundaries and coping skills. Healing is facilitated using group discussion with others in similar situations. Group will meet at Head Start offices in Watsonville.

Teen Group at Tyler House Watsonville

We provide a safe and supportive environment for young people to regain hope and heal from substance abuse and sexual trauma. In a group pf 4-6 participants, teens (14-18 years) will explore healthy coping skills, process the effects of the trauma, increase self-esteem, reconnect with their strengths and courage and reclaim their lives.

Teen Girls Group in Watsonville

We provide a safe and supportive environment for young women regain hope and heal from sexual abuse. In a group pf 4-6 participants, teen girls (15-18 years) will explore healthy coping skills, process the effects of the trauma, increase self-esteem, reconnect with their strengths and courage and reclaim their lives.  If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.
Led by Karen Ouse Friday afternoons

Womens Therapy Group for Spanish Speaking Women in Watsonville

We provide a safe and supportive environment for healing from child sexual abuse. Together we break through isolation, develop healthy coping skills, reduce shame, and build healthy boundaries. Healing is facilitated using emotional release exercises, meditation, imagery, writing, and group discussions. An emphasis is placed on learning to nurture ourselves as we heal. The group meets for 8 weeks. If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.
Facilitated by Sheri Anselmi, Ph.D., in Watsonville, Monday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Men’s Therapy Group for Spanish Speaking Men in Watsonville

We help men understand that they are not alone and are not to blame. In a safe, supportive environment, we will use writing, emotional release exercises, and other processes to explore our feelings, confront the violation, and recognize the anger resulting from the original abuse. Gather strength, celebrate survival, and take the steps necessary to heal and move on. Group meets for 12 weeks.  If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.

Expressive Arts Groups

We provide a safe and supportive environment for children, teens and young adult to heal from sexual abuse. Together we will process the effect of the trauma, reduce shame, and practice healthy coping skills. We supporting participants to reconnect with their strengths, courage and creativity. Healing is facilitated using expressive arts and play therapy.  If interested, please call (831) 423-7601.
Pre-teen group (10-13 years)
Teen group (14-16 years)
Young Adult (16-22 years)

Group for Service Providers & Therapists

We provide a safe and supportive environment for service providers and therapists to heal from child sexual abuse. Group is facilitated using mindfulness practices, meditation, imagery, writing, and group discussions. An emphasis is placed on learning to nurture ourselves as we heal.
Led by Eileen Cavalier, LMFT in Santa Cruz:
Tuesday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Thursday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at Eileen’s Office 740 Front St. Suite 360, Santa Cruz, CA
To sign up for the group please contact Eileen Cavalier directly at (831) 425-3118.

You are not alone. You are not to blame. Join a groups of 6-7 individuals. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale. For more information on our groups or to pre-register, please call: (831) 423-7601.