Counselling at OSARCC seeks to provide a safe and facilitative therapeutic relationship within which survivors of sexual violence feel unconditionally accepted and understood. Our non-directive approach is based on our belief that each person is the best expert of their own life and situation. We will seek to respect your values, choices and culture, and help you to find your own way forward.
There may be a bit of a wait to access our counselling service, but we can tell you more about this when you contact us.
Who the service is for
The counselling service is open to anyone who self-defines as a woman over the age of eighteen who has experienced sexual abuse and/or rape, whether in the past or recently, as a child or as an adult. If you are looking for services for young women aged 14-18 please visit our SEE Project pages.
Counselling is only one therapeutic method among many, and it may not be the right option for everyone. We will help you to think through the other support options that we provide, and can signpost you to other services that may also be helpful. We don’t expect you to know exactly what you hope to gain from counselling, or to have any specific goals in mind – although you may do. Counselling is about providing a safe space which feels right for you.
What to expect
We offer counselling in blocks of twelve weekly sessions. If you and your counsellor agree that it is right for you, then you can access up to 48 sessions from OSARCC. Each session lasts between 50 minutes to an hour and is free of charge.
There is no pressure or agenda, and you can take your time to work through what’s happened. Counselling can be upsetting or can bring back memories, so after your session you might need some support or a bit of space.
Your counsellor will never judge or criticise you. She will understand, and help you take back control of your life and move forward in your own time. She can’t give you advice, but she can listen and help you find your way through. This might include giving you practical information about where else you can get support.
All our counsellors are women and either qualified or undertaking a recognised training course. They have also all undergone OSARCC’s internal training programme which covers the topics of rape, sexual abuse and trauma in more depth.
As a service, we hold organisational membership of the National Counselling Society, which means we agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.
Please click here to find out more information about the Code of Ethical Practice of The National Counselling Society.
We accept referrals from survivors themselves and from others, including other organisations, who have the survivor’s permission. Click here to find out more information about making a referral.
All queries will be treated in confidence by our service coordinator, and your details will not be shared with any other organisation.
Any information you share within the counselling service will be kept confidential within OSARCC. Some information about people attending counselling may be shared with other OSARCC team members and the clinical supervisors.
We use non-identifying demographic data in our reports to funders, and only share feedback from service users when we have permission to do so.
We maintain boundaries of confidentiality between the counselling service and OSARCC’s phone, email and text listening services. Therefore, people using the counselling service can still access these listening services as an alternative, confidential support mechanism.
We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or if you’ve given us relevant information that makes us concerned for your or somebody else’s safety. For more information about this, please read our Child Protection policy – we will also discuss this with you at your initial meeting.
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