NOVA is committed to helping victims of crime better understand the trauma they have experienced and discover tools to cope and move forward with healing. A range of counseling services are available to victims and significant people in their lives.
Recognizing that the experience of trauma affects a person’s sense of safety and well-being, NOVA counseling services are intended to support and empower clients and their families in their efforts to regain control over their lives. NOVA staff work with each individual, perform an assessment of symptoms and needs, and identify the type of counseling service best suited for their distinct needs.
Our counselors have advanced degrees and specialized training in a multitude of trauma-informed treatments, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Contact NOVA at 1-800-675-6900 to inquire about counseling services. The following counseling options are available free of charge to victims and their families:
NOVA provides private short-term counseling to help victims and the primary people in their lives. The duration of counseling typically lasts between 12 to 15 sessions over the course of three or four months. These services can occur in the school, office or virtually.
Our counselors specialize in techniques to minimize the negative effects of abuse and victimization. Referrals are provided for those who wish to continue therapy beyond short-term intervention.
NOVA offers counseling services in Spanish, Korean, and Mandarin with 1:1 counselors. All other languages would be available with a translator that NOVA provides free of charge.
NOVA offers support groups to help assist individuals who have experienced issues of victimization by providing a safe place to share thoughts and feelings. Group participation can aid clients with additional insight, interaction, and support as they begin to take control of their lives. NOVA counselors would need to meet with each individual 1:1 first to determine if group is an appropriate level of service.
NOVA offers the following groups on a regular basis:
- Trauma-Informed Yoga Groups – for teen and adult survivors of interpersonal violence
- Psychoeducation Groups
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or TFCBT is an evidence-based practice for children 4 – 18 years old. This type of trauma therapy works with children to teach them emotion regulation and anxiety management skills. This form of therapy allows them to process their experience of trauma in a safe and supportive way. TFCBT is a short-term treatment protocol that also involves the child’s non-offending caregiver(s). This program also supports the child’s family by teaching skills to the child’s caregivers and siblings to help them cope with the child’s trauma in a way that creates the best environment for the child to heal. To learn more about this model, go to https://tfcbt.org/about/
Restoring Families Programs
The Restoring Families Program is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that works with children who are identified to have problematic sexual behaviors. Children ages 7-14 and their caregivers work through a group curriculum to address inappropriate impulses and actions. To learn more about this model, go to https://psbcbt.ouhsc.edu/PSB-CBT-Model/Clinical-Model
Trauma-Informed Yoga allows individuals to learn how to take healthy control of their bodies by utilizing four key elements: experiencing the present moment, taking effective action, making choices, and creating rhythms in their body. No level of yoga experience is required and participants can remain seated in a chair the whole time if so desired. NOVA runs three levels of Trauma Processing Yoga group with each previous level being a prerequisite for the next. For more information about this model, go to https://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/about
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is an evidence-based practice that allows a person to work through previously unprocessed trauma using bilateral stimulation of the brain through eye movements, tapping, or sounds. The EMDR protocol allows the victim’s brain to complete the processing of difficult memories. See the following article for more information: https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/.