Counselling & Therapy
Important Update: We are currently offering telephone and online counselling. Guidance around this can be read here. We are also offering some face to face sessions, however these are limited and are only taking place in the Derby and Chesterfield area, in line with government guidelines.
Walk and Talk Therapy
We are currently offering Walk and Talk Therapy in the Derby area.
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 initial assessment with a member of our team before therapy can begin. This is to make sure you are in a position to benefit from the service and that you are having the right support at the right time.
Therapy offers you the tools that can enable you make positive changes in your life. Therapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client and you must feel ready and willing to engage in this process.
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 Therapy Line 01773 746115 (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?
Our Single Point of Access Officer (SPOA) will contact you by phone to book an Initial Options Assessment (IOA) with you within 4 weeks of receiving the referral. This appointment is to assess your current needs and to ensure that you get the right service at the right time. This appointment will last up to half hour.
If it is identified that therapy is the right service for you, you will then be invited for an assessment by one of our therapists to look at your needs in more detail. This could take up to three months, but please feel free to give us a call to check our current waiting times because these can vary.
Once therapy starts, you will attend weekly sessions (usually lasting 50 minutes) at an agreed place, day and time. Our appointments take place face to face, online via video call using Google Meet or Whatsapp or by telephone. It is your choice what your preference is to attend face to face or via online/telephone. When attending face to face the therapy room is private, undisturbed and cannot be overheard or interrupted. If you are accessing therapy online/phone please ensure that your space is also private and free from interruptions.
Your therapist will talk you through the SV2 Contract which is an agreement between you and your counsellor.
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 where 6 weekly reviews take place, however you can decide to end therapy at any point (these have been recently reduced to 8 sessions due to the pandemic).
“I’ve been able to talk stuff through and make sense of it, rather than it just going round and round my head.”
SV2 is a BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) Accredited Service and therefore adheres to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
We believe that:
- Rape and sexual abuse in themselves are not medical problems, and we should not rush to medicalise consequences, especially where not pre-existing
- Rape and sexual abuse are a violation of self, and an integral part of healing is restructuring the self
- Rape and sexual abuse occur within the context of a relationship, and therefore a major part of healing must be through a relationship
- Complex trauma may take some time to heal
Holistic Therapy – Reiki
SV2 are now offering reiki. To find out more click here
We offer brief therapy to clients who have accessed the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre). They are informed at that stage that they can access brief therapy immediately after the rape/serious sexual assault, should they want some time to talk about the impact of what has happened. They may only need or want a one-off session or they can access up to 8 sessions – it is their choice.
To find out more about Brief Therapy click here