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Counseling is crucial for survivors of sexual trauma, and it is an important step in helping people process emotions from abuse. Sexual trauma is any sexual act performed on a person that creates significant distress. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual abuse avoid help for years, and many may never get help. The therapeutic steps offered during counseling help survivors of trauma handle the painful emotions that may surface at any point during day-to-day living.

Participation in a Shelter from the Storm© support group is not a replacement for professional counseling. Most sexual abuse victims experience profound emotional problems. Virtually all sexual abuse survivors could benefit from professional care. Since sexual abuse is the most personal and damaging form of betrayal, recovery from sexual abuse can be the most intense and emotionally challenging form of recovery. Survivors of sexual abuse often struggle with powerful issues such as shame, thoughts of suicide, addictions, and even dissociation.

For these reasons, it is strongly recommended that participants begin the recovery process with a professional evaluation. Subsequently, they are required to connect with a professional counselor on a weekly basis. This person should be trained in working with survivors of sexual abuse to monitor the participants progress while participating in the sexual abuse recovery group.

For information on how to choose a counselor see the link below.

Choosing a Christian Counselor

  • Proverbs 1:5 - A wise man will hear and increase learning and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel......
  • Proverbs 11:14 - Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
  • Proverbs 15:22 - Plans fail without advice, but with many counselors they are confirmed.
  • Proverbs 19:20-21 - Listen to counsel and receive instruction, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
  • Proverbs 20:18 - Plans succeed through good counsel....
  • Proverbs 24:6 - For you should wage war with sound guidance– victory comes with many counselors.

Professional Services 

ARISE! International is not a counseling facility and does not provide onsite counseling. Please review the following resources 

of trained professionals to assist in recovering from the effects of sexual trauma.

Christian Counseling 

A New Me

Dr.  Estrelita Bruce "Dr E"

Office: 424.263.9632

Pastoral Counseling Center 

2025 Wheatland Rd, Dallas, TX 75232

Kimberly Pearson, Counselor - 214.526.4525

Total Restoration Ministries 

P. O. Box 830844

Richardson, TX 75083

Dr. Sheila Bunton   ​972-978-2137 

Make A Better Marriage

Dr. Lila Stephenson, MA, LPC

Telehealth Services (Texas & Georgia)


Holman Family Services

Aisha Holman

3636  N.  MacArthur Blvd #160

Irving, TX  75062 


Harmony Counseling Center

6969 Pastor Bailey Drive-Suite 250

Dallas, TX 75237


Contact: Dr. Brenda Richardson, LPC-S

Operation 220

(formerly Exchanged Life Ministries) 

2001 West Plano Parkway, Suite 3800

Plano, TX 75075, 972.941.4442

e-Counseling available through Skype

Shepherd's Call Counseling & Teaching Ministry

Penny McAdams

711 E. Lamar Blvd Suite 105, Arlington, TX 76011


LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency

​1751 River Run, Suite 200 Ft. Worth, TX 76107

Office:  682.990.2866

LaToya Smith


Mindfully Restored Counseling, PLLC

13355 Noel Rd,  Suite 1100

Dallas, TX 75240

LaKeisha Grant

Office: 469-848-7535

Door Of Hope Counseling

Cynthia A. Thompson, M. Ed., LPC-S

1201 North Watson Rd, Suite 299, Arlington, TX 76006



Elledge Counseling Associates

For information or to schedule an appointment

 please call 972.268.3096 

Hope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Services

2001 West Plano Parkway

Plano, TX 75075


Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship 

1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd,Dallas, TX 75232

For more details or questions contact the 

Counseling Ministry at 214.672.9100 Ext. 9152

Christian Counseling of Houston

Director - Cynthia Kubetin Littlefield

26010 Oak Ridge Dr, Suite 105

The Woodlands, TX 77380


Charis Counseling Center

M. Louise Foster-Wilson, LPC

Telehealth Counseling - Office: 469.571.1850

Visit website for additional information 

Non Christian Counseling 

Trauma Support Services of North Texas, Inc

24 Hour Crisis Hotline - All services are free and confidential

407 North Cedar Ridge Rd. Suite 315

Duncanville, TX 75116


New Outlook Counseling & Wellness Center

9535 Forest Lane Suite 258

Dallas, TX 75243


Kelley McCoy, M.A., LPC

1401 N Central Expressway, Suite 375

Richardson, TX 75080


The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center

P.O. Box 866754

Plano, TX 75086


24-Hour Crisis Hotline - 800.886.7273

(Services are free of charge to those impacted by sexual violence)

Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc

P. O. Box 640

Denton, TX 76202-0640

24 Hour Crisis Hotline - 940.382.7273 or 800.572.4031

The Women's Center

1723 Hemphill

Ft. Worth, TX 76110

(817) 927-2737 Hotline – answered 24 hours, 7 days per week

(817) 927-4039

The Family Place

Incest Recovery Services - Free counseling for victims of incest

Individual counseling and support groups

Free service


The Golden Cross Academic Clinic (Southern Dallas Area)

Turning Point Rape Crisis Clinic 

1-800-886-7273 (24/7) Crisis Hotline 

Lena Pope Counseling Services

401 W. Sanford St, Suite 1600

Arlington, TX 76011

Diversity Counseling Services

Margret Ward, LCSW, CEAP, SAP

18601 LBF Frwy, Suite 160

Mesquite,TX 75150


Parkland-Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis Center

Dallas, TX 75235


24 Hour Hotline: 214.590.0430

(Services are free to Dallas County residents)

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center (darcc)

24 Hour Hotline 972.641.RAPE (7273)

Counseling Office

4210 Junius St

Dallas, TX 75246

Presbyterian Hospital Dallas (darcc)

Jackson Building-Lower Level

8198 Walnut Hill Lane

Dallas, TX 75231

(Services are available to anyone impacted by sexual violence. All services are confidential and free of charge. Services are also available in Spanish).

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