Counselors and advocates use culturally specific techniques to address safety, provide resources and develop strategies to help clients move toward abuse-free lives. Daya’s mode of services can be classified as trauma-informed and survivor-centered
INSTEAD OF ASKING
“What’s wrong with you?”
“What happened to you?”
South Asian survivors of abuse experience concurrent trauma from their immigration challenges and many are afraid to come forward out of fear of compromising the legal status of both themselves and their abusers. Those who seek independence are deeply retraumatized by having to talk about their abuse during the lengthy legal process. Daya counselors provide traditional talk therapy as well as innovative mental health techniques like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat trauma.
While there is a stigma and reluctance to talk therapy in many immigrant cultures, we have seen that EMDR is an effective technique in supporting South Asian survivors of abuse. EMDR is not only an ideal option for clients who have a cultural reluctance to talk therapy, but also quite effective for survivors whose first language does not offer vocabulary to accurately describe their abuse. Further, survivors often find a combination of EMDR with traditional talk therapy is effective in helping them fully process their trauma.