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Because She Is offers workshops, art sessions for survivors of abuse

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Because She Is offers workshops, art sessions for survivors of abuse

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Because She Is, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free support services for survivors of physical, emotional and sexual assault and abuse, will host two clinician-led workshops and a series of art therapy sessions in September and October.

Participants are invited from Middlesex and Monmouth counties, at no cost.

The workshops will be conducted by Geraldine Viggiani, a psychotherapist and owner of Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy in Eatontown, who specializes in trauma, addiction, perinatal mood disorders and birth trauma.

On Sept. 20, the topic will be “Trauma and Shame – How It Impacts Our Life.” On Oct. 16, the workshop will be “The Effects of Trauma: How our Decisions and Reactions are Rooted in our Trauma.”

Both workshops will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Marilyn’s Place in South Amboy; the location is kept confidential due to safety reasons.

Workshops are free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

Email to reserve a spot and for additional details.

Because She Is will also host a three-part art therapy series, presented by Elissa Arbeitman at her studio, Wild & Free Painting, 660 Tennent Road, Suite 209, Manalapan. Participants may attend one or all three. The first session is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25; subsequent dates will be announced.

As survivors of trauma, participants will have an opportunity to express themselves through their artwork. The art therapy sessions are also free of charge. Seating is limited to eight guests per session. Email to reserve a seat.

For more information about Because She Is, visit The organization also now has a podcast station, Because She Is, Inc., available for listening at


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