Counselling

We regret to inform you that we cannot accept new referrals to:

  • counselling (adult & young people)
  • support groups
  • psychoeducation
  • drop-in groups

We kindly ask you not to to make a referral to the Advocacy (ISVA) service if you would like to access counselling. We would be unable to add you to the counselling waiting list and it would increase the waiting list for those wishing to access the Advocacy service. We will update our social media/website as soon as we are open for referrals again (Facebook: OSARCC, Twitter: @OSARCC, Instagram: @oxfordshirerapecrisis). Click here for more information.

 

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.

Please note there will be a wait of at least 18 months for counselling. For additional support during wait time, please see below.


Who the service is for

The counselling service is open to survivors of sexual abuse and/or rape or other sexual violence (whether in the past or recently, as a child or as an adult) aged 14 and above, who self-define as a woman or are non-binary individuals recorded female at birth.

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

Format

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 20 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.

Counsellors

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.

Referrals

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.


While you're waiting

Whilst there will be a wait of at least 18 months for counselling, there are additional support options available during this wait time. This includes:

  • Psychoeducation sessions where you can learn to understand how your body and mind have responded to trauma, to help identify and develop your own coping strategies, and to share resources and information. See here for more information.
  • Monthly support from the listening services team via monthly ‘call back’ to offer you a chance to talk. You’ll be able to talk about whatever’s on your mind.
  • Access to our Drop-in service – These open groups run every week, alternating between in person and online groups (please note these groups are different to the Support Groups). See here for more information about our Drop-In groups, and see here for more information about our Support Groups.
  • Access to our Listening services. See here for more information.
    Please note that OSARCC’s Listening Services will be paused on 28 July. Survivors can still access the new 24/7 support line run by Rape Crisis England and Wales, which operates via phone on 0808 500 2222 and online chat via https://247sexualabusesupport.org.uk.

 

Confidentiality

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.


Privacy

If you are visiting our website, we use a third party service called Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about how you use our website, such as any search terms you used to find OSARCC’s website, which pages you visit, and how long you stay on the website. This helps us to find out how people are using our website, and how useful it is. We can’t use this information to identify you.

Please note that if you follow a link from this site to another site, this policy will no longer apply. We are not responsible for other sites’ information handling practices. Use of your information by the owner of the linked site will normally be governed by that site’s privacy policy, which we encourage you to read.

Please visit our Privacy page for further information

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