Advocacy Counselling Helpline

Weekly Counselling Sessions

20 sessions of Counselling for women who are survivors of rape or sexual violence.

Counselling Sessions

Twenty sessions of weekly counselling offers a space to explore your feelings and thoughts about what happened to you over a longer period of time. It provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration and processing of traumatic experiences, as well as creating coping mechanisms to manage their impact.

This program is available face to face or online. It is suitable for women who:

  • are able to commit to weekly counselling sessions for a longer period of time
  • would like to have time to explore their feelings and thoughts
  • would like to explore what has happened in a safe and supportive environment
  • would like to talk in more depth and feel ready to process the memories of the abuse

Our online sessions are suitable for women who:

  • can access the internet via a device with a camera and microphone
  • can be in a private space, undisturbed, for the duration of a weekly session

Important notice before referring

If you are considering referring yourself, or signposting a client to the service please ensure to read our referral guidance here: Counselling Service guidance for self-referrers & signposters

Due to limited resources and the large number of women wanting to refer to our service, we can only take a limited number of self-referrals per month. When we are open to referrals we can accept completed referral forms via email, post, in person or over the telephone.

If you are a professional signposting a survivor to our service and you feel that there may be access issues that may prevent a woman referring herself, please ring 0113 243 9102 to discuss alternative ways of making the referral.



Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand for our service, we have now had to close our waiting list for the remainder of this month. We will publish the reopening date on our website as soon as possible.

We recognise that this support is essential for victims and survivors, so whilst we cannot provide this right now, we can advise the following resources for seeking support in Leeds:

Women’s Lives Leeds has a directory of Women Friendly support services, including sexual violence support: https://www.womenslivesleeds.org.uk/

MindWell also provides support with mental health in Leeds, please see the link here: https://www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/services-directory/

Call our helpline free on
0808 802 3344

Your call should be answered immediately during our helpline 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.