“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 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.
Our Counselling offers different strands of therapeutic support.
Currently we are only accepting self-referrals from women who would like to access short term therapy or pre-trial therapy of up to 8 sessions, delivered online. To self-refer to our short-term or pre-trial strand, please click the link below for further information.
For longer term counselling, please continue to check the website for further updates.
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:
Peer Support Group ‘Share, Care and Create’
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, these are currently on hold.
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.