Roots Group Support Programme for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Roots is a 5 week group programme built specifically for survivors of sexual violence. It is led by a Registered Psychologist and a SAC Staff member, and is meant to provide 4-8 participants with a safe space to learn about the impacts of trauma, and to develop skills to help cope with common trauma symptoms. The aim of this group is to provide a safe(r) space to experience the fact that folks are not alone, and to increase one’s personal sense of safety by helping to develop skills to cope with the impacts of sexual violence. 

This group has been developed following evidence based recommendations for the treatment of trauma where you will learn and practice skills from Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Participants will gain knowledge about the impact that trauma has on the brain, nervous system and memory, and how one’s symptoms and coping strategies are normal given what they have experienced. 

Dates: Wednesdays: October 28th, November 4th, 18th, December 2nd (no session November 11th)

Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To join this group, you will need to meet with a SAC psychologist in order to ensure they can answer any questions or concerns you may have about joining the group, and to make sure this is the most appropriate type of support for you at this time.

If you are interested in participating in Roots, please email our Initial Consult and Group Psychologist, Natalie, at


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