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Counseling Department

We provide Therapeutic Counseling to individuals, couples, families, and everyone that has been affected by sexual assault, no matter when it occurred.

Our Support Groups give sexual assault survivors a safe place to find strength and healing in the company of other survivors. Groups meet weekly at our Center. In addition to our in-house support groups, we can come to your agency, organization or institution to provide support and educational groups for your clients who may be survivors. 

Support Groups are cancelled at this time.

Our Counselors

  • Samantha Wallingford
    Samantha Wallingford

    LPC, Counseling Service Coordinator

    Samantha received her Master of Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2016 and moved back to Arkansas to serve the mental health needs within the Northwest Arkansas community. Samantha has served as the Counseling Services Coordinator at the Center since 2017, while providing individual and group counseling to primary and secondary adult survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She was drawn to the Center due to the mission of providing a haven of healing and hope for adult survivors and having the ability to provide these services free of charge and accessible to all. She has experience working with diverse populations and enjoys forming positive relationships with all of her clients. Samantha takes a compassionate, Person-Centered approach while using Solution Focused Interventions and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Techniques. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and can utilize that technique to better assist her clients.

  • Analisa Chavez
    Analisa Chavez

    LAC, Bilingual Counselor (Español)

    Analisa has been at the NWA Center for Sexual Assault since 2017 working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She started out as an intern while completing her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and is now a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). Prior to counseling, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and taught in the Springdale Public Schools for a couple of years. She saw the need for support for families and children which led her to begin a career as a counselor. As a teacher and a counselor, she has always had a passion for empowering people and helping them to live their best lives. Analisa believes that every individual wants to be their best selves. She works with people to achieve their goals by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has the most experience treating PTSD and other related issues and is very comfortable working with minority groups such as the Hispanic community, other people of color and the LGTBQ+ community. Her approach is different based on individual needs and can include but is not limited to: Coping, Improving Support Systems, Safety Planning, Grounding, Analyzing and working on thoughts and behaviors, Exposure, Assertiveness Training, Grief Work, Guided Imagery, and Trauma Narratives.

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