Runs: April 16 – June 4
For: Women ages 18 and up
This is a confidential peer support group with a focus on empowerment and healing for adults who have experienced sexual violence and abuse as a child, teen or adult. Survivors of sexual violence may experience feelings of guilt, shame, self-blame and isolation. This group provides a safe environment for members to explore these emotions, realize that they are not alone and to gain support from others who have experienced similar trauma.
We offer this group multiple times throughout the year. Please submit an interest form and we will be in touch with more information.
HAVEN Empower Yoga
Runs: February 4 – May 16
For: Women ages 13 and up
HAVEN and SATYA (Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action) have collaborated to offer a unique yoga practice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Empower Yoga provides the opportunity to practice taking control over your body by making choices about what you feel comfortable doing and not doing in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment without utilizing hands-on physical assists. Discover your inner strength, build confidence and learn coping skills to calm and get present when you need it most. This practice is adaptable to all age groups and levels of physical abilities.
The classes are taught by SATYA instructors Rochelle Jewell, E-RYT (Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher) and Sarah Sherman, RYT. Both instructors are trained in Trauma Informed Yoga techniques. HAVEN Advocates are present at each class and are available to provide additional support throughout the program.
The use of visual art allows non-verbal expression for personal growth, insight, and transformation. By creating colors, shapes, lines, and images, art can connect our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of life experiences. Making art can be a soothing, stress reducing form of emotional release and plays a vital role in health, healing, and wholeness. All materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary.
Self-care is essential in the healing process through a traumatic event. This group will explore different types of coping mechanisms that can be self-reflective, through areas such as mindfulness, grounding exercises, emotional awareness, and building self-esteem.
In collaboration with The Sonatina Center, a Dover based creative arts therapy practice, HAVEN offers music therapy as a form of the healing process. Group music therapy is the use of music with participants to achieve broad goals of increasing mental health, processing trauma, practicing coping skills, building and sustaining a positive peer group, and increasing personal self-expression and self-esteem through therapeutic techniques such as active music making, songwriting, and lyric discussion led by a board certified music therapist. Group participants can expect an open and accepting space for group members to express and process their experiences and emotions, gain and provide support of peers, learn and practice appropriate coping skills, and gain autonomy and self-esteem through successful music experiences. All materials/instruments are provided and no prior experience is needed.