To enable the provision of counselling services for women who have experienced childhood or adolescent sexual victimization and want to resolve the long-term effects of the abuse. The agency recognizes addictions as one of the long-term consequences related to unresolved trauma.
To address the issue of societal denial — of the seriousness and prevalence of the problem of child sexual abuse — and the detrimental long-term effects (one of which is addiction).
The Board and Staff believe:
- that women have a right to social, political, and economic equality and power.
- that childhood sexual abuse has a long-term damaging effect over one's well-being (physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual), and one of these effects is the adaptation of compulsive coping behaviours.
- that problematic adaptation is a consequence of inadequate resources and supports, rather than a reflection of deficiencies within the women.
- that women have the right to choose the course of their own healing process.
Given these beliefs, The Laurel Centre provides counselling, which allows women to understand the context of their lives, and to make the link between their compulsive coping behaviours and the trauma experienced in their childhood. This understanding empowers them to make life-affirming choices and to resolve the impact of trauma by integrating physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of self in context.