Counseling & Advocacy
Advocates provide supportive counseling to people who have experienced trauma and their families. Service plans are identified by the client and can be built with flexibility. Advocates can provide coping mechanisms, resource navigation, support making difficult decisions, strategic safety planning and overall case management.
People who have experience trauma share their experiences, practice new relationship skills, discuss concerns for their families, and encourage each other. Each participant will be able to give and receive support and understanding from people who have experienced similar violence. All groups are facilitated by an advocate counselor and are free of charge. All genders and gender identities are welcome. Also respecting each person’s trauma experience gender specific groups are available.
DOVE is an 8-week class designed to educate participants about the impact of domestic violence and its effect on the family. You will learn about domestic violence, the effects on yourself and your children, and how to develop healthy boundaries in relationships.
*Gender specific groups include a Female, Male, and Gender non-conforming
*Languages available: English and Spanish
*Times are to be determined and fluctuates based on the current group of participants due to COVID. To find out more information or be placed on a waiting list please contact our office by phone or email
A safe place for people who have experienced domestic violence, abuse, intimate partner violence. Share your experiences, learn about others and join a supportive new community network.
A place where people who have experienced a sexual assault may gather and share.
Group provides support, understanding and share coping skills. This group is offered out of our Waterbury and Southbury locations.
Financial Wellness Class
Arts & Healing
Creating crafts in a variety of media including drawing, sculpting, painting, collage, sewing, quilting, or knitting. Arts and crafts offer survivors the opportunity to express themselves, and relate aspects of their traumatic experience or healing process without having to use words. Additionally, arts and crafts can enhance skills of self-care, connection with others and a sense of accomplishment.
College Trauma Support
203-575-0388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*To be referred to one of our alternative programs you must be referred from a Safe Haven Advocate, unless approved by facilitator.
Participants may gain coping skills, self-care techniques and reconnect with their bodies by connecting with the natural world through interaction with plants. Dependent on the season, instructor and funds available.
Certified Yoga and trauma counselor facilitates yoga classes in-person and virtually. Participants will be guided through a gentle, trauma-informed yoga class during which they will have the chance to explore and strengthen their relationships with their bodies. This class is intended to be appropriate and accessible for all levels of experience, all bodies, and all abilities. Please feel free to contact the instructor before class if there are any specific questions about participation.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation. It is when you focus on your mind and body. It is a way of paying attention to the present moment.
The creative process of art making is often a catalyst for healing by breaking through verbal resistance and gaining deeper insights into unspoken aspects of oneself.
Art Therapy supports self-discovery, self-healing and self-love. It is not necessary to have artistic ability to participate. Art Therapy encourages self-expression using a full-range of art media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Art therapy helps to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, and reduce anxiety.
This method is based on the current research outcomes from neurobiological studies on the treatment of trauma. Some researchers suggest that the senses of touch and sight connect directly to our brain’s fear center, which is why art therapy is ideally placed to work with traumatic memory. As traumatic memory is visually stored, connecting to it through art can be more immediate. It allows the individual suffering from trauma to choose what they create, and they release aspects of the trauma at their own pace, which stops them being overwhelmed. For children, this can be a particularly useful tool as they may have been told by adults ‘not to tell’ of negative experiences such as abuse or neglect.
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury can be reached Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 203-575-0388