Group Support at Nexus

We have several groups for adults impacted by sexual abuse

Nexus support groups

Group Support at Nexus

We have several groups for adults impacted by sexual abuse

Nexus support groups

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Group Support for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

At Nexus we offer pre-counselling psycho-educational groups for those who would like to attend a group with other people who have been impacted by sexual abuse. You may join a group programme before or after your counselling journey with Nexus has completed.  

We offer specific psycho-educational groups for students, males only, females only, under-18s and LGBTQIA+ groups when we have sufficient demand for these services. If these groups are available to you, you will be advised of this at assessment stage if they are eligible for group support. If you don’t want to participate in any group, you can highlight to the counsellor who completes your initial assessment that you only wish to access individual counselling support.

Group support at Nexus

We have a range of different psycho-educational group options at Nexus. Some of our group programmes are available to people who are waiting on counselling, some are for those who are currently receiving individual counselling, and some are for people who have completed their counselling journey or who are not yet ready for counselling but still need support.

You can find out more about the groups we have currently below.

Make a Referral into Nexus Services (note: we are currently only accepting referrals for paid counselling)

Whether you wish to embark on individual counselling or explore the idea of joining a group, we encourage you to complete our secure online referral form for adults who have been impacted by sexual abuse in childhood, adulthood, or both. Once we receive your referral, we will process it internally, and one of our team will be in touch to arrange next steps with you. Please be aware that we receive a high volume of referrals, but rest assured we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Click the button below to complete the referral form. If you have any queries about completing this form or the overall process, you can contact us via your preferred method and we will do our best to help you.

STRENGTH Group

STRENGTH is an acronym meaning:

S – Support: You will be met with support.

T – Trauma-informed: Our group facilitators are all trauma-informed.

R – Resilience: We will help you develop resilience skills.

E – Empathy: You will be met with empathy.

N – Normalising: We will help you with normalising how you feel.

G – Growth: You will experience growth in your skills.

T – Trust: We will help you to rebuild trust in others.

H – Healing: We will help you along your healing journey.

Who is the STRENGTH group for?

The STRENGTH group is available to people impacted by sexual abuse who are waiting for counselling, receiving counselling, have completed their counselling, or are not ready for counselling but still wish to be supported. Please note we are unable to provide counselling sessions at the STRENGTH group meeting.

We are currently running groups for:

  • Adult females directly impacted by Childhood Sexual Abuse  (CSA)
  • Adult females directly impacted by rape and sexual assault  
  • Adult males directly impacted by sexual violence

What is the STRENGTH group?

The STRENGTH group is a confidential space where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences. These groups are kept small, with a maximum of eight people in a group.  

These groups last for eight weeks and are aimed to help you better understand more about sexual trauma and the recovery process. These groups cover broader issues related to sexual trauma, rather than personal matters or personal details.

The STRENGTH group aims to help you:  

  • Undertsand more about sexual trauma and its impact on an individual.  
  • Improve your self-esteem. 
  • Develop healthy coping strategies. 
  • Improve your personal relationships & boundaries.  

The STRENGTH group values your wellbeing and strives to empower you with the tools necessary for the future.

How will the STRENGTH group help me?

The overall aim is to provide you with a safe social space to explore several ways to become stronger, stay in control, build self-esteem and confidence. At the weekly group session, you will gain support by connecting with your peers and our trauma-informed trained facilitators, who will support you impartially through group discussions around topics such as positive coping strategies. 

We will provide a warm welcome to everyone, along with refreshments of course! A group session lasts for two hours with a comfort break.

STEPS Group

The STEPS group is a personal development course based on cognitive psychology, which focuses on how thinking, emotion, creativity, and problem-solving impact how you think and why you think in that way.

Who is STEPS suitable for? 

The STEPS group course can only be accessed by those who have completed their counselling journey with Nexus. To enrol on the course, you should ask your counsellor or get in touch with our admin team via your preferred method of contact.

What to expect:

STEPS is an interactive, experiential course consisting of 13 modules.  One module will build upon the next, until all are complete.  Each module will lasts approximately 3 hours, with breaks in between. When you join the STEPS group, you will receive your own workbook, in which you will answer the personal reflective questions; at the end of the course you will keep your workbook to reflect back on.

The module units covered in the STEPS group are:

  1. What are we leaving out?
  2. What is the truth?
  3. Believing is seeing
  4. How our mind works
  5. Who do you listen to?
  6. The importance of self-esteem
  7. What do you think about?
  8. Stretch your comfort zones
  9. Motivation is an inside job
  10. Understanding change
  11. Set goals and create your future
  12. Affirmations – make it happen!
  13. Be your own sculptor

 

Find out more about counselling

Counselling is a form of therapy, offering a safe and confidential space to talk about anything that may be confusing, painful or comfortable. Click below to learn more about how counselling at Nexus can help you if you’ve been impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships.

Guides to Nexus services

Here at Nexus, we have a variety of services that you and your family can use to support your counselling journey. Contact us on 028 9032 6803 or info@nexusni.org for more information. Support calls and family support as detailed in the guides below will only remain open to those that we have committed to provide support to under the adult counselling contract we hold with the Department of Health, which will end on 31st March 2024 and for which we ceased taking referrals from 29th February 2024.

Family Support Services

Your family can receive four counselling sessions that are separate from your personal counselling sessions.

Support Calls

Whilst on the waiting list for counselling, or in between sessions, you can avail of support calls which don’t count towards your allocated number of sessions, if you need them.

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