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12 Days of Giving – Day 4: Individual Counseling

Millie’s Story

Millie is 7 years old, and this year she will be spending Christmas in a place that is safe and warm. She will believe in  Santa and won’t be afraid to go to sleep tonight. Tonight Millie won’t be listening to her mother scream in fear; she won’t cry “stop it daddy;” and she won’t hold her pillow over her head to try to disappear.  

When Millie is 15, she will have the strength to stand up for herself and will believe in her value as a woman. And she won’t be silent. At 18, Millie  will graduate high school and will be on her way to college where she will know that as a woman she is strong and capable of anything. She won’t be put down, she won’t doubt her intellect, and she won’t fail at anything she puts her mind to. When she finds a partner she will know that she has the right to be treated well, to be cherished and respected. She will know that she is perfect the way she is and that she has worth.  Millie won’t suffer in an abusive relationship and she won’t have a daughter who will hear her scream in fear, cry “stop it daddy” or hold a pillow over her head. Her daughter will not need to disappear. Her daughter will be spending Christmas in a place that is safe and warm just like she is.

 Millie’s mother came to CCS to seek counseling services to stop the cycle of violence in her family. She came to counseling to believe in her strength, to know her value, and to change her life. Because of this she has changed Millie’s life. Her decision to seek help will not just affect Mille but will affect generations.

 Every day men, women and children come to CCS and find counselors that help them through their most difficult life experiences and every day they are helped.  Every day they change lives.

 CCS offers low cost and free counseling to those who could not afford counseling otherwise and we can’t do it without you.

 Millie’s mother changed Millie’s life, please help our counseling team at CCS change generations with your gift today.

12 Days of Giving – Day 2: Group Counseling

In addition to our team of nine marriage and family therapy trainees, we are lucky to have Tara Graviss, an expressive art therapy intern, who has generously volunteered her time to implement art therapy for sexual and relationship violence survivors that incorporate our TRIUMPH core competencies: educating clients on the neurobiology of trauma, resiliency skills, empowerment, and trauma-informed services.

 Tara Graviss incorporates TRIUMPH concepts into expressive arts groups for shelter residents and counseling clients. Clients overwhelmingly expressed feeling better after participating in Tara’s Creative Connections groups. Her groups provide tools for relaxation, confidence, body-awareness, empowerment, problem-solving, feeling identification, trust, self/emotional expression, coping, and stress reduction. Tara is humbled that clients would trust her enough to join her on these creative journeys, which include multiple media, such as painting, dancing, writing poems, telling stories, and creating collages. Each and every time she holds a group art therapy session, clients show up, willing to participate and try.

“Art is very healing. Painting, along with the talking, helps me make connections to heal internally to feel less broken.”

Please make a contribution today for your gift of healing and hope for individuals receiving group counseling services at CCS.


Counseling by therapists and graduate interns is available for individuals, couples, children/teens, families and victims of crime.

We specialize in psychotherapy to address the emotional aspects of:

• Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse
• Domestic and Relationship Violence

• Income-Based Sliding Scale
• Approved for Victims of Crime Compensation funding
• No one is turned away because of inability to pay

• Group and individual sessions at Pacific Beach, Escondido, El Cajon locations
• Day and evening appointments
• Most services available in English and Spanish

For more information and to make an appointment, please call:

24-Hour Toll Free Hotline: 1-888-385-4657
Coastal Location: 858-272-5777
East County Location: 619-697-7477
North County Location: 760-747-6282