ELAINE WESTERLUND, EDD, DABPS, DAPA
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

ONE ARNOLD CIRCLE
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
(617) 661-9400

Living and Loving Better as Survivors

Sexual Abuse Treatment and Consultation
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Consultation on Survivor Sexuality
Women's Sexuality After Childhood Incest
Self-Esteem, Boundaries, and Assertiveness for Survivors
Living and Loving Better as Survivors
Survivor Sexuality Series
Drop-in Discussion Group
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Your Health
To:
Incest Resources, Inc.
This twenty-session group is for women with histories of childhood sexual abuse who have already participated in other survivor groups and are looking for an advanced group focused on healing.

Meetings are held in Cambridge at One Arnold Circle on an every other week basis from September to June, generally on a weekday evening from 6:00-7:30 P.M. The group offers an opportunity for in-depth discussion on common survivor issues such as:
 
  • Dealing with family
  • Coping with feelings of loss
  • Managing feelings of anger
  • Countering feelings of self-blame
  • Dealing with depression
  • Improving self-care
  • Promoting feelings of self-worth
  • Managing the holidays
  • Building a stronger sense of self
  • Developing trust
  • Managing anxiety
  • Healing the body
  • Improving health and healthcare
  • Handling work issues
  • Dealing with money issues
  • Making a home
  • Improving relationships
  • Developing greater intimacy
  • Healing sexuality
  • Developing a sense of spirituality

Each group session offers concrete healing methods for living and loving better as survivors.

As a group leader I bring both my professional experience and my personal experience as a survivor to my work. I am a licensed psychologist, a diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, with dual board certification in sexual abuse and trauma/PTSD. I have been involved in the field of childhood sexual abuse since 1980, and I have been leading psychoeducational and support groups for survivors since 1982.

Screening interviews are generally scheduled during May, June, and July. The cost of the screening interview is $80.00, payable at the time of the visit. The cost of the twenty-session group is $800.00, payable in halves by August 1st and January 1st. It is not possible to make other payment arrangements for the group, and it is not possible to use insurance for the group. Also, the fee can not be adjusted to accommodate absences, so commitment is very important. Depending upon the final number and make-up of the group, I am sometimes able to offer some slides.

If you are interested in setting up a screening interview, please call the number above and leave your name, telephone number(s), and the best days and times for me to return your call.


FEEDBACK FROM PAST GROUP PARTICIPANTS

This was a wonderful group to be involved in.  I felt very supported by everyone in the group and enjoyed the sense of belonging and camaraderie.  Although many of the topics were difficult emotionally, I learned a lot more about my thoughts and feelings.  Being in the group has pushed me farther in my individual therapy, as well as taught me new management strategies and coping skills.  This group was definitely worth the time, money, and effort.  I highly recommend it.
 
For me this group was something I will never forget.  In the beginning I was nervous, but the group was magic.  Feelings came up that I didn't know I had and I realized many connections to the abuse.  The wonderful thing is you are not ALONE!!  You are not the only one and you are so understood and supported.  This group helped me heal in such a good and deep way.  I feel very proud of myself.  It takes courage to do this group, but you will never regret it.  I recommend it!!
 
In this group I delved into almost every aspect of who I am as a person and as a survivor and I know myself much better. Doing this work with others was extremely gratifying.  I've seen the progress and process of each of us and it's made my journey more interesting, more light-hearted, deeper, and yet less frightening. I definitely recommend the group to survivors who want to live and love better.
 
I found this group immensely helpful in both obvious and subtle ways.  There was plenty of structure and support, so talking about and having feelings about some of the difficult topics felt manageable and safe. It helped me see my experience more clearly and embrace my healing more fully.  I'd strongly recommend this group to any survivor committed to their recovery process.
 
I would highly recommend this group.  It was very well run, relevant, and is directly related to positive changes I was able to make in my beliefs and behaviors this year.  The most important thing I came away with was a reduction in my shame.  The group helped me become more compassionate with myself, more empowered, and more comfortable with my genuine self.  I feel hopeful now that I'll continue to feel more liberated from the past and be able to build the life I want and deserve.
 
I received a lot of invaluable information from this group that has made a big difference in my life.  The hand-outs and exercises are wonderful!  I'm leaving this group with a much stronger sense of who I am, how I choose to live my life, and what I really want out of life.
 
This group was really fruitful for me.  I definitely felt supported by the other group members.  Our chemistry, our different experiences, our similarities, and our open communication really benefitted me.  I learned so much from the hand-outs and exercises, and I feel more empowered now about a lot of my issues.  I'd recommend it to any survivor who'd like to do deep work.
 
From the beginning I felt safe and connected with the other group members.  I learned how to better care for myself, get angry, get sad, and remain in control.  I would strongly recommend this group because I feel so much better for having participated.
 
This group was very productive and helped me change my thinking and take more control over my life.  I'd highly recommend it to any survivor to further their recovery and make needed changes.