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A support group for those of us who have experienced abuse as children and we want to help ourselves and be a support for others as we heal the child within us so we can lead the healthy, happy, full lives we were intended to lead.

Research points to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome arising in many adults as a survival mechanism to childhood trauma. Until we start to look at our lives through new eyes and new awareness, we CAN'T see the impact of what happened to us as children.

We currently have two different support group formats

ASCA - Adult Supervisors of Child Abuse

First and Third Tuesday of the Month

Our support group meetings follow the format provided by ASCA - Adult Supervisors of Child Abuse created by the Morris Center. The format is a 21 step psychological based program. This is not a spiritual based 12 step program. You do not need to be doing the steps to participate. You just have to have a desire to heal.

http://www.ascasupport.org/meetings.php

Finding Hope - Women sexually abused or assaulted as children

Second and Fourth Thursday of the month.

We are survivors. We share our courage, hope, and experience through this safe community of support. Understanding our trauma and the impact of abuse provides a foundation to apply healing tools and strategies. We use this meeting to strengthen ourselves through practicing the 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope. We use the power of this safe community to move forward on our healing journeys and help others find their way. We will learn from each other and reclaim hope.

If you are interested in starting a group in a location more convenient to you, please email: tampabaythrivers@gmail.com

We are a peer to peer support group; we are not professional therapists. If you need professional help, or if you find yourself thinking of harming yourself or someone else please contact one of the following:

Dial 2-1-1 for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer free crisis counseling along and information/ referral to over 3,500 community resources. You can also go to their website at www.211atyourfingertips.org.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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