LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group


The LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group is a closed meeting space for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual abuse to process experiences, develop coping skills, and strengthen feelings of resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Meetings are held weekly on Zoom every Saturday for 8 weeks, and are open to any LGBTQ+ survivor of sexual abuse, ages 18 and older, whether the abuse occurred in childhood or adulthood. An intake and screening is required to participate. This is a CLOSED meeting, pre-registration is required.

This Support Group is co-organized by The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center and WestCOP- Victims Assistance Services (VAS), and is co-facilitated by a VAS Clinician and LOFT LGBTQ+ Survivor Advocate.

To participate in the upcoming cycle of the LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group, contact Samantha Favara, LMHC (she/her) at WestCOP- VAS at (914) 345-3113 x308


Meetings will be held weekly from 10-11:30am on Zoom
Tentative Start Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022


To participate, all attendees must:

  • Be an LGBTQ+ survivor of sexual abuse, age 18 or older
  • Be a NYS resident
  • Be able to attend a minimum of 7 out of 8 group meetings (held on Zoom)
  • Complete an intake with VAS and The LOFT prior to participating in the group meetings

Please note: This Support Group is not intended for LGBTQ+ survivors currently experiencing abuse. If you are currently in an abusive relationship, please click here to learn more about The LOFT's LGBTQ+ Survivor Advocacy program, Rebuilding Rainbows.

About the co-facilitators:

WestCOP- VAS Clinician
Catherine Chua, LMHC (she/her)

Dr. Chua has a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York. She is trained in several modalities, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.  She is also certified in Psychological first Aid and Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Mental Medicine for Mental Health Professionals.

Having worked in several mental health clinics and having her own private practice, she utilizes a collaborative and supportive approach to help clients make sustainable changes that is tailored to each client’s need and goals. She has developed a set of coping skills and techniques that clients find helpful. She is a strong believer in the harm reduction model and focus on psychoeducation and strengthening the client's coping strategies.

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center
Shepard Verbas, Director Programs & Services (they/he)

Shepard Verbas joined The LOFT's team in November 2015, and currently serves as the center's Director of Programs and Services, where they oversee the center's programming, services, and events. Shepard has an unrelenting passion for LGBTQ+ advocacy, and lifting up the voices and experiences of TGNCNB communities.

Additionally, Shepard works with LGBTQ+ youth through CANDLE Rockland's Trans Youth Group, a program for TGNCNB youth between the ages of 12-18; and previously through WJCS's Center Lane's TransParentcy program, a program for TGNCNB youth between the ages of 13-21, and their parents/guardians.



To enroll, please contact WestCOP- VAS Clinical Coordinator, Samantha Favara, LMHC (she/her) at: (914) 345-3113 x308 or [email protected]


For any other questions please contact Shepard Verbas (they/he), Director of Programs and Services ([email protected])

Are you looking for information on intimate partner violence?  Click here to learn more about Rebuilding Rainbows.