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SARA Therapy Program

SARA's therapy program exists to be a support to survivors. The decision to enter therapy and timing in doing so is unique to each person. Support can look different in each phase of the therapeutic process. 


SARA’s therapy program consists of therapists trained in evidence-based modalities that support emotional regulation, processing, and planning for the future. Our program is set up for 50-minute weekly sessions and offers long-term therapy when appropriate towards treatment goals. 


We are unable to offer internships or residency placements for the 2024-2025 school year. We appreciate your interest in our program and thank you for your understanding.

If interested in SARA therapy: the process includes filling out a prescreen, completing a biopsychosocial assessment, and possibly 1-2 in-person sessions to assess if we are the best fit for you.

Please note: completing either a pre-screen or an assessment does not guarantee a slot in our therapy program. The purpose of this process is to determine if we are the best fit for your needs. Connecting you to supportive services, either here at SARA or at one of our community partners, is of the utmost importance to us.

SARA offers free and confidential therapy for survivors of all ages and genders who have been affected by sexual violence. We are able to provide long-term or short-term therapy services.

Therapy services at SARA are trauma-informed. Our Therapists are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and/or other experiential modalities. Therapy services are offered in English only at this time. 


All SARA clinicians are trained in EMDR. Learn more about EMDR here:

All prospective Therapy clients meet with a staff Advocate first to assess their needs and to determine the best fit for Therapy services. Referrals are made to therapists outside of SARA when appropriate.

If you are interested in SARA’s Therapy services, please contact our office at 434-295-7273

Resource List

The Women’s Initiative

Shelter For Help in Emergency  

Region 10  

Ready Kids  


UVA Student Counseling and Psychological Services  

Psychology Today – Therapists in Charlottesville  

Crisis Resources 

SARA 24/7 Hotline: (434) 977-7273 

National Suicide Helpline: 988 OR Text HOME to 741741 

Region 10 Crisis Services: (434) 972-1800  

National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-4673 

Veterans Crisis Line: 988, then Press 1 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 422-4453 Additional Crisis Hotlines & Resources:  

Call 911 or Present to Nearest Emergency Room 

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