Counselling Service

If you have experienced rape or sexual abuse it may be hard to talk to your close friends or family. Our free, confidential counselling service means that you can speak to an independent counsellor who is qualified and trained to help you work through your emotions.

All of our counsellors are women. Counselling is a safe place for you to talk with someone who understands what you have experienced and will not judge you.

How do I know if it will help?

Before counselling starts we will meet with you to check that counselling is the right route for you. If you don’t feel that it is right for you at this time, where possible we’ll help you find the right kind of help.

Online Counselling

If you would like to have counselling at home, but would feel more comfortable being able to see your counsellor’s face, we can offer online counselling. This takes place in a secure counselling room licensed by Rape Crisis England and Wales.

All you need is a device with a camera, such as a computer or mobile phone, and good working broadband.

It is easy to join a session and your counsellor will telephone you first, to explain how to do this, and to answer any questions you may have.

Telephone Counselling

Sometimes it can be difficult to leave home and we can offer telephone counselling.  All you need is a private phone and a comfortable place to take the call.  Your counsellor will ring you on agreed dates and times.

Face-to-Face Counselling

We usually offer face-to-face counselling but we are not able to at the moment due to Covid-19.  In January 2021 we will assess whether it is the right time to begin transitioning our face-to-face services services back to in person delivery.  To keep you, our staff and volunteers safe, this process will being carried out cautiously, please bear with us.  When we are able to meet women and girls in person again our counselling will take place at a choice of safe, discrete locations.

If have more questions check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or you are welcome to contact us.

You can refer yourself into our services, or someone else can refer you with your permission.

 Contact us to refer yourself or click here to use our online referral form. 

Below is our short, “We Believe You”.  The film weaves together the stories of two women who have used our Counselling Service and shows the key moments in their journey to seek help. Two women gave their stories to us but all the parts are played by actresses.

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