What is Counselling?
Counselling provides you with a safe space to process and make sense of your past or present issues. The counsellor will listen to you and guide you through this process with honesty, openness and a non-judgemental attitude. A counsellor will never advise you or tell you what to do but instead will support you to deal with your emotional difficulties yourself.
You need to be referred for counselling by your GP or a member of staff from the Sexual Health Service or SARC.
Types of Counselling offered at Hope House
We have a team of experienced, specialist counsellors who can offer support to people experiencing distress following any type of sexual assault. Our counsellors can help you with issues such as anxiety, depression, panic and post-traumatic stress. Six sessions (usually weekly) are offered to clients who have experienced recent sexual violence.
Counselling is provided for victims of sexual assault within the last 12 months.
Specialist counselling is also available for anyone with a specific problem related to their sexual function that is, or is thought to be, psychological in origin. Sessions last for 50 minutes and following an initial assessment between five and ten sessions will be offered.