Advocacy Counselling Helpline


Our Counselling service offers a range of holistic therapeutic support services to survivors (18+).

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ― Audre Lorde

Our Specialist Counselling service at SARSVL is confidential, free and independent from the police or statutory bodies. The counselling service offers a holistic approach to recovery and provides a variety of counselling options and therapeutic services in a women-only safe space, to women over the age of 18 who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any time in their lives. The counselling service works from the empowerment perspective, encourages self-determination, is trauma informed, challenges the myths of sexual violence and focuses on the individual needs of women.

Our Counselling service is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP and Rape Crises England and Wales RCEW and adheres to their ethical framework and guidelines.

Our Counselling service accepts self-referrals and referrals from agencies, written with the woman’s consent. Please see below for information on how to refer into the service.

Unfortunately all our waiting lists for Counselling are currently closed, and we cannot accept new referrals at the moment. Please contact SARSVL Helpline for emotional support (freephone, text and email specialist emotional support) or visit Women’s Lives Leeds or Leeds Mind for other services available or contact your GP to discuss other support.

Our Counselling offers different strands of therapeutic support.

Currently all of our counselling strands are unable to accept new referrals. Please continue to check the website for further updates. 

Counselling Sessions

Short Term/Pre-Trial Therapy

Online Counselling

What happens next?

When we receive your referral we will contact you to acknowledge the referral and we will confirm if you have been added to our waiting list. We may also contact you to ask some additional questions to help us understand if this is the best service for you.

When a counselling space becomes available we will contact you for an assessment. If you miss your assessment session twice, no further appointments will be offered. If this happens, you are welcome to refer yourself in the future if you would like to, but this will be based on availability at the time. 

For women who have completed Counselling or who are still attending Counselling we offer:

Complementary Therapy 

Peer Support Group  ‘Share, Care and Create’  

For more information or to email a referral form please contact counselling@sarsvl.org.uk 

For updates about SARSVL’s operations during the Coronavirus pandemic, please refer to this article that will be updated regularly to keep our service users and partners updated about our service delivery during this time.


Call us free on
0808 802 3344

Your call should be answered immediately during our opening times, unless we’re on another call. If we’re closed or on another call you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back.