It’s possible for victims or sexual violence to access
therapy through SV2 at any time regardless of when the abuse happened or
whether you reported or not.
It’s also possible that you might not be ready for therapy.
Before therapy can take place, an assessment will be arranged between you and a
qualified therapist. Therapy can be helpful, but only if you’re in a position
to help yourself.
Below are some basic ‘must haves’ to benefit from our therapy service. Please consider the following before making a referral:
You are ready to talk about the sexual abuse or rape that you experienced
You are not using any substances on a regular basis
You are open to expressing your feelings through talking or creative methods such as drawing
You have effective ways of taking care of yourself in between sessions if you felt triggered
You are ready to make sense of your experiences
You are ready to face potentially difficult emotions and memories that may arise
You are not in residential mental health services
You are not suicidal or at the risk of suicide
If you don’t feel confident about some or all of these statements, it may mean that therapy at SV2 isn’t the service for you at this time. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get help in the future or that help isn’t available to you now.
We want you to get the absolute best you can from our service and it may be that using a different service first could help. Here is a list of other services available to you that might be useful: