The Blue Rose

Mission:  Healing Through Art 

  • Goal:  Empowering victims to break the silence and find their voice

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Very Intensive therapy.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.   If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes. 

 

Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.  EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment and involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.

 

Phase 1:  The first phase is a history-taking session(s).  The therapist assesses the client's readiness and develops a treatment plan.
Phase 2:  the client has several different ways of handling emotional distress.  The therapist may teach the client a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques the client can use during and between sessions.
Phases 3-6:  In phases three to six, a target is identified and processed using EMDR procedures.  These involve the client identifying three things:
          1. The vivid visual image related to the memory
          2. A negative belief about self
          3. Related emotions and body sensations.
Phase 7:   closure, the therapist asks the client to keep a log during the week.  The log should document any related material that may arise.  It serves to remind the client of the self-calming activities that were mastered in phase two.
Phase 8:  examining the progress made thus far. 

 

Rape Crisis Centers offer FREE services for adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors - and for people who care about survivors of all ages.

Trained rape crisis counselors:

  • Provide 24/7 hotline counseling, information, and referral
  • Will go with survivors to hospitals and/or police stations 24/7
  • Will go with a survivor to court
  • Provide one-to-one counseling and support group counseling
  • Provide primary prevention education; professional training; outreach

If you click on one of the regions listed below, you can find a Rape Crisis Center near you

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Getting medical care would include having a rape kit.  There are specialized SANE hospitals that have SANE Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners called in.  The SANE nurse can examine and collect evidence. 

          Sane Hospitals in the Boston Area include:
•Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
•Boston Medical Center
•Brigham and Women's Hospital
•Cambridge hospital
•Children's Hospital
•Mass General hospital
•Newton-Wellesley Hospital

 

 

 

SAIN interviewers are often contacted.  A Sexual Abuse Intervention Network facilitates interagency cooperation in order to minimize secondary trauma to children victims of sexual abuse. The goal is to reduce the number of interviews the victim has to endure.  The interview is conducted in a non-leading manner by a trained forensic interviewer in a child friendly environment. Participating agencies included Department of Children and Families (DCF) Law enforcement, children advocates and others  watch the interview on a closed circuit TV. Question from other participants can be transmitted to the interviewer.

   Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

   Cambridge, MA 02139

   Business: (617) 492-8306

   Hotline: (617) 492-7273

 

A New Day/ Health Imperatives
Brockton, MA 02301  
Business: (508) 588-2045 
Hotline: (508) 588-8255 
has counseling sites in Plymouth, Brockton and Quincy



has support groups for teens and adults: