“Our VOICE has been a guiding light on my journey of recovery. The staff here brought light into my dark situation and helped me love and trust myself again.” – counseling client
Our VOICE offers counseling services to residents of Buncombe County, ages 13 and up, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, immigration status or sexual identity. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. At Our VOICE, we believe that counseling can provide the support and tools for a person to heal from an experience of sexual violence. We believe that anyone should be able to access counseling services.
These services are beneficial during crisis periods as well as throughout the lifetime of the survivor due to the impact that victimization has on one’s self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and patterns of behavior.
Individuals who request counseling are offered up to sixteen (16) individual 50 minute sessions. The needs of each client and completion of all 16 individual sessions may not be indicated for all. There is a one-time $20 administrative fee for counseling, however that fee can be waived or paid in installments.
Our goal in counseling is to facilitate empowerment through the healing process. We believe that when individuals are able to address and reconcile the initial issues associated with being victimized, such as shame, guilt, blame and fear, they can begin to develop positive patterns of thinking and behaving that help them lead healthy, productive lives. Often times we start by asking: “What is going on in your life presently that you are having difficulty with, how does that link to your trauma and what can we do with it?”
Our counselors use a wide variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Not everyone is a candidate for EMDR. You and your counselor will discuss what treatment modalities will be the best fit.
It is agency policy to not formally diagnose clients. The agency philosophy supporting this policy is that a diagnosis categorizes the symptoms that a client may have but does not address the cause of the symptoms or the system in which they appear. In accordance with agency philosophy, we believe that addressing the cause (sexual trauma) will help reduce symptoms, thus a diagnosis is not necessary for effective counseling.
Our VOICE counselors are not qualified to prescribe medication. We are happy to help connect clients with psychiatric services when needed.
Several times a year we offer a 6 week coping skills group to help reduce symptoms of trauma. This is not a processing or support group. In order to maintain a safe space, we do not spend time discussing the details of our stories. If you are interested in participating in a group, you can call our office and be put on a group wait list and you will receive a call when the next group starts.