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Counselling and therapy is available to anyone regardless of age, gender or when the assault/abuse took place. You do not have to report an incident to be able to engage in our therapy service.
What is counselling and therapy?
Counselling and therapy cover a range of talking therapies. Where talking about emotions feels difficult, our therapists will help you to find other ways to express your feelings such as writing, drawing and other creative methods you feel comfortable with.
Therapy might include talking about your life experiences, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. Our therapists will do their best to help you to look at your current difficulties and help you find healthier ways of coping.
Therapy is not advice. You will not be told what to do. Your therapist will help you make your own decisions and identify what is right for you. Therapy helps to increase your self-awareness and this can empower you to make positive changes in your life.
Am I ready for therapy?
All service users must undergo an assessment with one of our qualified therapists before therapy can begin. This is to make sure you are in a position to benefit from the service.
Therapy gives you the tools to be able to help yourself and make positive changes in your life. Not everyone is able to do that for a variety of reasons.
Before completing a referral form, take a look here to help you decide if you are ready. If you are unsure, you can call us on the Advice Line (option 2) to discuss with a member of the therapy team.
How do I start?
If you decide you would like to start counselling with us, you will need to complete a referral form and send it back to us in the post.
What happens once I have referred myself?
Once you have completed a referral form, you will be invited for an assessment to look at what has brought you to contact us. We discuss and explore your current needs and readiness for therapy at this time.
Once therapy starts, you will attend weekly sessions (usually lasting 50 minutes) at an agreed place, day and time. The place is private, undisturbed and cannot be overheard or interrupted. An agreement between you and your counsellor will be made with you about confidentiality in the very first session.
There is no set number of sessions for each client. We recommend a minimum of six sessions. You can have a maximum of 26 sessions, however you can decide to end therapy at any point. Your therapist will work to support your individual needs, which will differ to others.
“I’ve been able to talk stuff through and make sense of it, rather than it just going round and round my head.”