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Counseling & Support

RISE offers a variety of support, including crisis counseling, to victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or intimate partner violence.

What is counseling?

Our counseling services are available to those affected by sexual assault/abuse or intimate partner violence and are ready to discover begin on a path of healing. We offer many different styles of therapy and are able to accommodate most clients in need. We maintain a focus on safety, empowerment, and healing. We look forward to supporting you as you begin your healing process.

Who are RISE clients?

Our clients are men, women, and children of all ages who have been affected by intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault/abuse. We see people of all ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, and religions. Sometimes we refer people to outside agencies for drug and alcohol counseling when appropriate. If a client has a severe mental health issue, we may need to refer them to outside agencies for psychiatric care and/or mental health services. We provide individual, couples, and family therapy. If someone has a history of abuse/controlling behaviors, however, they are not included in couples or family counseling.

Who are RISE therapists?

Our clinical counseling staff consists of licensed therapists, registered interns, and clinical trainees working under a qualified licensed supervisor. All therapists/interns and trainees have completed the 65-hour state-certified training provided by RISE.

Where and when can I get counseling?

We have offices in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Both locations are accessible for all abilities and are accessible by public transportation. Office hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Some support groups take place during evening hours. We are unable to provide counseling services on Saturdays or Sundays.

Can I donate to counseling services?

Client donations for our counseling sessions allow us to maintain our program. Due to the generosity of our clients and funders we are able to serve the small number of clients who are unable to donate for services.

What types of counseling are available?

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is one-on-one, 50-minute sessions, usually weekly, over a time period necessary for the client to begin their healing process and establish some stability.

Group Counseling

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE OR SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUPS
Group Counseling varies in size, but all groups are an hour or hour and a half in length and meet weekly. If you are interested in getting more information about support groups, please call our office at (805) 226-5400.

The following support groups are currently available:
Intimate Partner Violence Support Group for Women
Intimate Partner Violence Support Group for Women (in Spanish)
Parenting & Children's Support Groups
Sexual Abuse/Assault Support Group for Women
LGBT Support Group
Workshop on Sexual Trauma for Men
Sexual Abuse/Assault Support Group for Teen Girls *The teen girls' group has temporarily been suspended. We plan to restart the group at a later date.*

OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS
Based on interest, groups for men, LGBTQIA survivors, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, teens and others may be offered. Please call the office if you are interested in participating in one of these groups.

What can I expect when I call RISE?

When you call for a counseling appointment, you will be asked some questions to begin the process of seeing if our agency is a good fit for you. We may have a “Waiting List” due to overwhelming demand. If this is the case, you will be told the expected wait time until we have a counselor with an opening that may fit your schedule. When you meet with your counselor they will help you assess how therapy may be able to help you at this time. After your initial assessment with the therapist, the opportunity for counseling is usually once a week.

How do I contact RISE?

If you are interested in counseling, please call the office or come into one of our office locations during business hours from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit the contact page for more information. Business Line: (805) 226-5400.

RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English. All staff members are mandated reporters and have an obligation to report under the following circumstances: reports of abuse or neglect to minors, dependent adults, elders, as well as if a client is in danger of hurting themself or others.