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Therapy & Support

RISE offers a variety of support, including crisis counseling and therapy, to victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or intimate partner violence.

What is therapy?

Our therapy services are available to those affected by sexual assault/abuse or intimate partner violence and are ready to begin their healing journey. We offer many different styles of therapy and are able to accommodate most clients in need. We maintain a focus on safety, empowerment, and healing. We look forward to supporting you as you begin your healing process.

Who are RISE clients?

Our clients are adults and children of all ages who have been affected by intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault/abuse. We see people of all ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, genders, and religions. Sometimes we refer people to outside agencies for drug and alcohol counseling when appropriate. If a client has a severe mental health issue, we may need to refer them to outside agencies for psychiatric care and/or mental health services. We provide individual, couples, and family therapy. If someone has a history of abuse/controlling behaviors, however, they are not included in couples or family therapy.

Who are RISE therapists?

Our clinical therapy staff consists of licensed therapists, registered interns, and clinical trainees working under a qualified licensed supervisor. All therapists/interns and trainees have completed the 65-hour state-certified training provided by RISE.

Where and when can I get therapy?

We have offices in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Both locations are accessible for all abilities and are accessible by public transportation. Office hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Some support groups take place during evening hours. We are unable to provide therapy services on Saturdays or Sundays.

Can I donate to therapy services?

Client donations for our therapy sessions allow us to maintain our program. Due to the generosity of our clients and funders we are able to serve the small number of clients who are unable to donate for services.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy is one-on-one, 50-minute sessions, usually weekly, over a time period necessary for the client to begin their healing process and establish some stability.

Group Therapy


Therapy groups vary in size, but all groups are an hour and meet weekly for 12 weeks. If you are interested in joining a group or getting more information about support groups, please call our office at (805) 226-5400.


Based on interest, groups for men, LGBTQIA survivors, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, teens and others may be offered. Please call the office if you are interested in participating in one of these groups.

What can I expect when I call RISE?

When you call for a therapy appointment, you will be asked some questions to begin the process of seeing if our agency is a good fit for you. We may have a “Waiting List” due to overwhelming demand. If this is the case, you will be told the expected wait time until we have a therapist with an opening that may fit your schedule. When you meet with your therapist they will help you assess how therapy may be able to help you at this time. After your initial assessment, the opportunity for therapy is usually once a week.

How do I contact RISE?

If you are interested in therapy, please call the office or come into one of our office locations during business hours from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit the contact page for more information. Business Line: (805) 226-5400.

RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability or citizenship status. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English.