The WellSpan Spotlight

Seeking Safety After Trauma - Ephrata

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For adults seeking care after trauma including neglect or abuse; physical, sexual or emotional abuse; car accidents; natural disasters; war or other trauma. Is your past trauma interfering with your daily routines? Do you find it hard to move forward after a traumatic event? During this 10-week group, participants will gain new skills to manage traumatic responses and self soothe. Members will discuss with the group leader how to create healthy boundaries with others and how to maintain those healthy boundaries. Focusing on participants’ self-esteem and promoting their self-empowerment will be a discussion point throughout the group’s duration. Another discussion point will be in regards to resolving conflict. A skill learned by group participants will be grounding skills, which can be practiced outside of the group as well. Group sessions will focus on: 

  • Responding to stress 
  • Creating and maintaining healthy boundaries 
  • Improving self-esteem 
  • Grounding techniques 
  • Managing difficult emotions within difficult situations 
  • Resolving conflict 
  • Promoting self-empowerment 

Group members cannot have active psychosis, active addiction or active SI/HI symptoms. 

Current Philhaven patients should talk to their provider. For new Philhaven patients, please call (717) 851-1375 or (800) 459-7497. 


Minimum Age: 18


This 10-week group meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am with group leader Gwen Blankenship, LCSW. While all efforts will be made to assist you in entering a group as quickly as possible, you may need to be temporarily added to a waitlist.