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 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.

The LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group is open for enrollment!

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


Meetings will be held weekly from 10:30-12pm on Zoom
Saturday, April 9th - Saturday, May 28th


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
Alex Joinville, LMHC (he/him)

Alex Joinville, LMHC, CLC is the founder and president of Joinville Mental Health counseling services P.C. A private practice that provides clinical, educational, and consultation services. Prior to starting his practice, he managed a behavioral health grant at the State University of New York Downstate STAR Program, where he provided mental health services to individuals diagnosed or at risk of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C infections. 

Prior to joining the STAR program, he was a mental health specialist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Manhattan Mobile Crisis Team, where he provided crisis intervention, assessment and linkage to individuals experiencing psychological distress. He was also part of the VNSNY’s Act Team, Behavioral Health Transition Program, and Intensive Case Management Program. 

Alex worked at WIN West providing services to individuals living in a single women’s mental health shelter. He is experienced in providing mental health counseling in English and Haitian Creole, and provides individual, couple, family, and group therapies. He has more than 20-years’ experience in the social service field, including mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

In 2018 He joined the DBGM Board following his participation in the organization’s annual In My Mind Conference. As a Board Member, he assumed responsibility for the organization's program, "I Am Working on Healing" with its two groups, "Sons", a group for gay men of color struggling with mental health issues and HIV, and "HER", a group for mothers and women of color, whose sons took their lives or died from HIV/AIDS. Alex received his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.

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

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/them), Director of Programs and Services ([email protected])

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