Information about Counselling
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Counselling at Survivors Network provides a space for survivors of sexual abuse or violence to talk about feelings and to feel support after a traumatic experience. It is about helping you to develop insights into your problems and finding your own resources and strengths. We seek to help you to make your own choices and decisions.
Counselling is always your choice and no one can be ‘sent’ for counselling. A referral from a professional supporting you can be made on your behalf, with your consent.
Our service is confidential. Your contact details are kept securely and are not available to anyone other than Survivors Network staff.
How do I access counselling?toggle accordion content
When you first contact Survivors’ Network your name will be added to our waiting list, and once your name reaches the top, we will contact you to arrange an exploratory session.
This is an opportunity for you to talk about what is concerning you and for us to answer any questions you may have.
We then decide together whether counselling can meet your needs at this time, and if it can, you will be allocated a counsellor and they will contact you to arrange a first session.
Who can get counselling from Survivors’ Network?toggle accordion content
Our counselling service is available to self-identifying women aged 14 upwards and young people of any gender aged between 14-18 years old.
We offer 24 sessions to survivors and 10 sessions to people supporting survivors.
How much is counselling?toggle accordion content
Our counselling is free for people aged between 14 and 18 years old.
If you are 19 years or over you will be asked to make a donation for counselling based on what you are able to afford. We will never price someone out of the support that they need.
Is the service accessible?toggle accordion content
We welcome people with disabilities to use our service. Please get in touch with us if you have any access or communication needs and we will seek to accommodate these. Although our building is an old one, and there is not a lift to the main counselling rooms, we can arrange for the use of a ground floor room in another building that is private and accessible. Our building does not currently have hearing loops fitted. If you have any concerns about being able to access our office, please do get in touch.
Is the service confidential?toggle accordion content
We aim to provide you with the opportunity to explore whatever issues you want to, in a space that is safe where you can feel accepted and supported. Part of creating this space relies on you being able to trust that whatever you talk about will be treated with sensitivity, respect and confidentiality. All counsellors have regular supervision from an independent supervisor – this is also a confidential relationship.
In certain circumstances a counsellor may feel a client is at risk of harming themselves or someone else, in which case they will discuss with you the best way to help you. This may in very rare cases mean contacting your GP or other medical advisor, and/or the Therapeutic Services Coordinator, but if possible, your counsellor will always discuss this with you first and would encourage you to participate in any further action taken.
Below is a list of concerns that we are legally bound to breach confidentiality on. If possible, we only do this with your knowledge. Only in an extreme emergency would any action be taken without your consent.
- Where there are concerns about a child’s safety.
- If your counsellor is concerned that you may endanger your
own, or another person’s life.
- If we are ordered by a court of Law to breach confidentiality.
- If we gain knowledge of an act of terrorism.
- If both parties are in agreement that confidentiality can be
broken in a particular instance.
Is the service confidential if I intend to report to the police?toggle accordion content
If you have an open police case, or are considering reporting this to the police, we will follow a pre-trial protocol. This means that there will be limitations to the confidentiality that we can offer in order to protect you in the event of any investigation or court case. If you would like further information about this, please contact the counselling team.