Counselling & Assistance

Psychosocial Counseling and Specialized Trauma Counseling

Psychosocial Counseling and Support

The starting point of the culturally sensitive and trauma-focused specialized counseling is a strength-based approach that empowers the clients in their learning and self-help process as well as in their own competences. The counseling and support services include, amongst others, the following:

  • Clarifying residence permit and social-security matters as well as organizing legal assistance
  • Referrals to medical help and psychotherapeutic support
  • Arranging security measures (disclosure ban, secure accommodation etc.)
  • Victim support and accompanying victim witnesses in legal proceedings
  • Referral to German language courses and other qualification measures
  • Help with integration issues
  • Special counseling for returnees (SOLWODI return project)

Specialized Trauma Counseling

In the SOLWODI specialized help center certified counselors for psychotraumatology and victim support help traumatized clients to become stabilized through psychoinformation as well as through calming and grounding techniques. Through relationship dynamics and methods of the trauma-focused counseling, the clients learn i.a. to use self-healing powers, strengthen their own perception and self-observation and calm themselves. If a psychotraumatological psychotherapy is necessary, this stabilization phase is an important preparation for it.