Domestic violence has very harmful effects on victims and survivors. Beyond physical injuries, many people victimized by intimate partner violence experience depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic grief. Counselors at Catalyst understand that intimate partner violence is a very complex and delicate situation, and they are fully equipped to address these issues. Our Counselors are professionally trained licensed or pre-licensed therapists who approach counseling in a trauma-informed, culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ friendly manner. They also provide education about the cycle of violence and how to establish healthy relationships.
We offer individual counseling for adults and children, by appointment, in Chico, Oroville, and Paradise. We also offer group counseling – please call for days and times.*
*During the Pandemic, Catalyst is not offering appointments in person. Counselors are available for phone and video appointments. Youth appointments are currently offered by phone or video to 12 years of age and older. Video appointments for children under the age of 12 will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
During your initial session with a counselor, they will help you assess your situation and talk to you about a safety plan, whether or not you decide to stay or leave. They will discuss all other services that Catalyst can provide to keep you safe. Also involved in this session will be education around the dynamics of domestic violence. Handouts will be given at the end of the session, so that you can determine your situation more clearly.
Follow up Sessions
Follow up sessions will involve more domestic violence education around the pathology of abusers, red flags, etc. Safety plans will be re-evaluated. Counselors may also explore with you what may be preventing you from finding the life that you want. These areas usually involve exploration around: self-esteem, boundaries, trauma, relationship patterns, etc.
We know it can be difficult to reach out for help from a counselor. Be assured that your privacy and safety are important to us. All of Catalyst staff are trained to ensure confidentiality and will not provide any information on your behalf without your written permission.