> How can Foothills Alliance counseling services help you?

Surviving sexual victimization is difficult, whether it occurred during childhood or as an adult. Support, education, and professional counseling can help create an environment for change and progress toward healing that is necessary to reclaim one’s life.

Counseling services at Foothills Alliance are designed to provide therapeutic support and encouragement that foster recovery from trauma. Each individual is respected and honored throughout the time he or she is served. Individuals choosing to receive counseling for sexual abuse or assault find significant benefit sharing their story with someone who has been specially trained to guide them through the healing process. With regular therapy, individuals are able to develop a clearer understanding and perspective of the abuse or assault, which aids in their healing. Individuals learn where and how to look for support and encouragement, and a greater enjoyment of life is achieved.

> What will your counselor discuss with you?

During the first few sessions, your counselor will help you clarify areas of concern in your life that result from sexual victimization. Your counselor will assist you in setting goals to address difficultiies in your life. A variety of therapeutic techniques may be used, and you may be given assignments to complete.

Therapy involves hard work, and to be successful, full participating in counseling sessions is necessary. A commitment to attend each scheduled session and a willingness to apply the therapeutic interventions determined by your counselor are vital to making the changes needed to accomplish your goals.

In addition to helping you, the counselor may provide guidance to your family and friends to help them understand the impact of your sexual victimization. They will learn ways to support your recorvery process and to provide continued encouragement as you heal.

> What type of training do Foothills Alliance counselors have?

Foothills Alliance’s professional therapists have completed master’s degrees in counseling and are fully licensed or are completed licensure requirements with the State of South Carolina Licensure Board. The Alliance’s counselor have received special training to work with both child and adult survivors of sexual victimization. The counseling staff is led by a clinical director who directs the work of one full-time and one part-time therapists. A part-time contractual counselor works specifically for the child advocacy center. All therapists are required by both the State of South Carolina and Foothills Alliance to continue professional counseling education while on staff.

> What is the cost of counseling?

Foothills Alliance is a non-profit victims’ services organization benefiting from the private donations of community individuals, churches, businesses, foundation, the United Way of Anderson and Oconee counties, and several federal, state, and local government grants. Income from contributions, grants and fundraising events help Foothills Alliance provide counseling services free of charge to sexual abuse or assault victims.

> How do I schedule counseling?

Foothills Alliance has an intake coordinator who is responsible for taking your information and forwarding your information to the appropriate counselor. Ocassionally, there is a waiting list for counseling services; however, Foothills Alliance works as quickly as possible to get your initial counseling assessment scheduled.

We are here to empower survivors to reach their greatest potential.
If you are interested in counseling services at Foothills Alliance, please call 864-231-7273.