Medical Advocacy • Legal Advocacy • Sexual Assault Counseling • Counseling • Crisis Intervention
YWCA counseling services are provided to survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault and sexual exploitation, ages 3 and above. Counselors support each survivor through their healing journey by utilizing a variety of methods including traditional “talk” therapy and expressive therapies (Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy). The counselor works with the adult and teen client to identify a plan for therapy that best meets their needs. Parents and guardians are involved in developing a therapy plan for their child.
As the disclosure of sexual abuse/assault frequently impacts a survivor’s loved ones and family members, counseling is also available to non-offending siblings, parents, partners and spouses. Counselors support significant others as they explore their experiences of secondary trauma and work to build a support system for the survivor.
- Survivors of sexual violence ages 3-17 and their impacted non-offending significant others (spouses, partners, parents/legal guardians, siblings) are eligible for services.
- This service is free
How to Apply
Call the counseling intake line at 312-733-2102, option 2 (after selecting language), and leave a message with your name and number. Your call will be returned within 48 hours. Staff will conduct a phone screening, then make an appointment for an in-person intake during which guest will complete paperwork and officially become a client.
There is a often a wait list for services, but clients can generally be seen within 2-3 months.
Children are seen Tues-Sat. Exact hours vary by location and provider and are flexible. Generally, the first appointment is at 9:00am and the last one at 7:00pm (with office closing at 8:00pm).
If you need immediate assistance, call the crisis hotline at 886-293-2080.
Addison, IL 60101
Chicago, IL 60647
Chicago, IL 60637