Consultation and Counseling

Consultation
Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services staff is available to consult with individuals of the UA community regarding the issues of sexual assault, relationship/interpersonal violence, and stalking. Consultation can be done on the phone or in person. We often provide consultation to parents, faculty, staff, other students, and departments who are in contact with individuals who have been impacted by trauma. To consult with a staff member, you can call (520) 626-2051 and request to speak with either the counselor.

Trauma not only affects individuals directly, it can often affect those who interact with victims of interpersonal violence and assault. Consulting with a professional can be helpful for both yourself and the direct victim. Please feel free to consult with us regarding issues such as:

  • What do I do about my daughter telling me that her partner hit her?
  • As an instructor, how do I respond to a student disclosing that she was sexually assaulted?
  • Should I mind my own business?
  • How can I talk to my friend about his/her behavior?
  • What do I need to know to help my friend/daughter/son gain safety?
  • Are there things I should be doing to help my friend who was recently raped?
  • My girlfriend just disclosed that she was assaulted last year, I don’t know what this means regarding our future sexual relationship, are there things I need to know?
  • How do I suggest to my friend that she/he needs counseling?
  • What are the resources and steps to be taken to help my male friend who was assaulted/abused?

Counseling
Sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking are complex and painful experiences which often require a combination of legal, medical, psychological, spiritual, familial, and personal responses. These events can disrupt a person’s life in many ways. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, rage, depression, and even guilt. Thoughts can be contradictory and confusing. Talking through the trauma soon after the event may prevent longer-term trauma-reactions. Following ANY trauma, people are encouraged to seek counseling within a week. For those individuals who have not chosen this option it is never too late to speak with a professional about a trauma experience.

Oasis Program Counseling

Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services offers counseling to University of Arizona students, faculty and staff who have recently been impacted by sexual assault, interpersonal violence, or stalking. Our services are available to men, women, and transgender persons. Psychological counseling for problems related to the impact of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, or stalking, crisis support, and safety planning are offered by Oasis counseling staff.

Individuals seek Oasis counseling services for many different reasons. Oasis counselors are skilled in dealing with emotional distress resulting from sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking; trained to listen carefully and respectfully; and trained to facilitate conversations that might include:

  • Exploring medical and legal options (pressing charges, petitioning for a protective order, filing informal or confidential reports), and generating plans for safety
  • Ways to talk with others about what has happened or is happening to you
  • Identifying concerns about the harm done to you and understanding how it is affecting your life
  • Identifying healthy ways of coping with and healing from the harm that has occurred or that continues
  • Recognizing patterns and cycles of violence
  • Coping with a loved one’s/roommate’s/friend’s experience of assault or violence