Survivors of sexual assault now have a new option in their healing journey. The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center is now offering trauma-sensitive yoga groups for survivors of sexual violence. This unique program is the only one being offered by rape crisis centers in the Metroplex.
Established 30 years ago, The Turning Point’s mission is to provide counseling, education, and advocacy for those impacted by sexual assault. The goal of The Turning Point’s counseling program is to provide professional counseling services to victims of sexual harassment, assault and abuse, as well as to their families and significant others in order to reduce negative effects of trauma and to improve emotional and mental health. The program accomplishes these goals by providing quality therapy that helps clients deal with their trauma, strengthen positive coping skills and reinforce the client’s sense of personal safety and empowerment.
“Throughout our history, The Turning Point has been a forerunner in the sexual violence movement and continually seeks advanced methods to treat survivors,” said Jennifer Spugnardi, Executive Director of the Turning Point. “We are excited about our yoga program which will offer survivors another option for healing.”
Trauma effects are often stored in people’s sensory, muscular, and hormonal systems, so traditional psychotherapy may not sufficiently resolve trauma symptoms. The Turning Point developed a trauma-sensitive yoga group in order to cater to survivors who are often scared or confused by body sensations because of this stored trauma “residue.” The majority of trauma survivors require some kind of body work to regain a sense of physical safety and re-orient to focusing on the present instead of the past.
Amy Jones, Clinical Supervisor at The Turning Point, stated, “So many individuals with a traumatic history report feeling like floating heads. They are so disconnected from their bodies because it has been unsafe territory for so long. We hope that this will provide an opportunity for survivors to safely experience, through the practice of yoga, a mind body connection in which they learn to better tolerate physical sensations and emotional states as a complement to more traditional talk therapy.”
Individuals interested in the group should call The Turning Point at 972-985-0951. We are also seeking donations to support the yoga program. We need yoga mats, yoga props such as blocks, blankets, bolsters, and sandbags, lamps, and flooring. For more information contact Jennifer Spugnardi, Executive Director or visit our website.