Women can refer themselves for counselling or therapy by calling either the Parry Sound or Muskoka office. All services are free of charge, and are provided on a face-to-face basis unless otherwise arranged.
Information and support may also be offered for the partners, families, and friends of sexual assault survivors, as required.
Crisis Support and Short-Term Counselling:
MPSSAS offers crisis support and short-term counselling to provide immediate intervention, information on coping strategies, and referrals to other services. An appointment can usually be arranged within 5-10 business days.
Depending on demand, waiting lists may exist for the SAIL programs. If this occurs, MPSSAS offers a variety of services in addition to the crisis support and short-term counselling described about. This includes: the provision of information that may be obtained in person or through the mail; access to lending libraries in both the Muskoka and Parry Sound offices; participation in women's drop-in programs (South River, Parry Sound, Bracebridge, and Huntsville); and, support and referral via telephone. Typically the SAIL 1 program is available at 3 points in the year - September, January and May. Survivors seeking to take this 3 workshop series will not wait more than a few months.
Women’s Sexual Assault Help Line:
This help line provides 24-hour-a-day support and referral services. It is free, safe, and confidential, and staffed by trained women who provide support from an empowerment-based, non-judgmental approach which recognizes and respects the strength of individual women. You will call an answering service, who puts you in touch with our worker within minutes.
DURING THE COVID-19 PERIOD, WE WILL BE CONTINUING WITH INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING SESSIONS BY PHONE OR ONLINE (ZOOM). YOUR COUNSELLOR WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU REGARDING YOUR APPOINTMENT. YOU CAN ALSO LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE OFFICE PHONE LINES, AND THESE CALLS WILL BE PICKED UP AND RETURNED.
NEW REFERRALS ARE FINE, INTAKE CALL BACK MAY BE SLIGHTLY DELAYED DUE TO CLOSURE OF THE PARRY SOUND OFFICE DURING MARCH BREAK. (STAFF WILL PICK UP MESSAGES MAR. 23)
AT THIS TIME WE WILL BE WORKING FROM HOME UNTIL MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020
MPSSAS provides supportive, trauma informed feminist counselling and therapy services that are confidential, non-judgmental, and client-centered. Counselling is available to women who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of whether or not they choose to report this abuse to the police. Issues that may be addressed during counselling and therapy sessions include:
childhood sexual abuse
historical and recent sexual assault
acquaintance and date rape
sexual assault of another (e.g. your child)
impacts of trauma