Care for Loved Ones

Services for Loved Ones

At Brave Step, we believe that educating and supporting the loved ones of a survivor is critical. We offer trauma-focused care for loved ones and a supportive, understanding place to process your emotions.

Offering compassion and lending support to a survivor is complex yet necessary. Brave Step provides education, guidance, and a support network that allows loved ones a safe place to learn more about sexual violence, its impact, how to best support the survivor, and more.

Care Options

Individual Counseling

Brave Step offers individual therapy with an experienced trauma therapist who utilizes the most effective trauma modality – SE, IFS, EMDR, neurofeedback, and more. 

Group Therapy

Group therapy for 12 sessions led by an experienced trauma therapist that helps with resilience-building, garnering insight on one’s trauma along,  breaking the silence, exploring repressed feelings, and more. 

Brave Step™ Loved Ones

We believe wholeheartedly that loved ones deserve to heal, empower, and recover together and can be an aid to survivors of sexual violence if effectively armed with knowledge, skills, and support from others in similar experiences. 

Brave Step™ Loved Ones Program

As a parent, caregiver, intimate partner, friend, family member, teacher, leader and/or ally, you may be at a loss with how best to support a survivor.

The Brave Step Loved Ones psychoeducation program will teach you about the impact of sexual violence, your role as an ally, arm you with knowledge and skills, and offer support from others in similar experiences.

Program Choices

Customized courses are designed for:

Program Expectations

For an overview on program participation, policies, and guidelines, please click here

Program Formats

Each course will last six sessions approximately 1.5 hours each week or can be completed over a weekend as a retreat. The program will be offered in-person and virtually.

Reporting Requirements

Records are strictly confidential except where state law requires the reporting of credible threats of violence, harm to self or others, or child or elderly abuse and neglect, or when the court orders the release of information.

Desired Outcomes

  • Increase in life satisfaction.
  • Decrease in trauma-related symptoms or symptom occurrence
  • An individual is more equipped to care following the program.
  • Increase in connection with others

Applications are now being accepted.

Once the application is in hand, the Brave Step team will review it, and if any follow up questions or concerns arise, our program manager will reach out.

Do you have questions before applying? 

If you have questions before applying, please submit your information below and a Brave Step team member will contact you. 

Counseling Program Details

Applicant Criteria

Family members, such as parents, siblings, immediate family members, spouses or close friends of sexual abuse survivors may apply to receive services if they meet these criteria:

  1. Any person over 18
  2. Has experienced sexual trauma at any time OR is a family member or friend of someone who has experienced sexual trauma
  3. Is experiencing struggle in daily life
  4. Is capable of participating in talk therapy
  5. Is willing to commit to and participate in their own recovery/healing 

Family members or close friends may not be accepted to participate in support group services if the person:

  1. Is receiving therapy services elsewhere.
  2. Has a severe dissociative disorder.
  3. Has a severe developmental or communication disorder that would prevent them from participating in talk therapy.
  4. Is actively abusing alcohol or drugs in a manner that would prevent them from participating in therapy.
  5. Demonstrates negative behavior that might harm other members of the support group or efforts of the group at large.

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To learn if you qualify for Brave Step’s programs, please  contact support@bravestep.org.

Program Fees

As a loved one of a survivor, you deserve to lead your best life, but quality trauma care can be expensive, difficult to find, and challenging to understand what services will garner the best outcomes. Brave Step makes the process easier and allows more loved ones the opportunity to access care. A benefit of Brave Step’s program is personalized service, one that is designed to give you optimal results that are affordable and obtainable.

  • Many of Brave Step’s carefully vetted therapists accept insurance. Our team works diligently to find the right fit for care and one who accepts your insurance.
  • For those without insurance, Brave Step has a sliding scale that is tailored to your specific situation.

Thank You to Loved Ones Program Founding Partners 

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