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: SARSVL Counselling Service- Guidance for referrers

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 working with a client who would like to access counselling, please do direct clients to our website and our referral guidance.

Please note that we can only accept referrals from professionals directly where access issues that would prevent the client referring themselves have been discussed and it has been agreed in advance with the counselling manager that a professional may submit the referral on the client’s behalf. Please feel free to contact the Counselling Service Manager to discuss these referrals in advance of the waiting list reopening.

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.