Advocacy Counselling Helpline

Short Term and Pre-Trial Therapy

Short-Term therapy for women who are survivors of rape or sexual violence.

Short Term Therapy or Pre-Trial Therapy Sessions

Short Term counselling offers the opportunity to develop well-being strategies through reconnecting with and developing internal and external resources over the course of 8 sessions.  This could minimise the impact of sexual violence on daily functioning and to help you alleviate symptoms of trauma such as flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, anxieties or relationships difficulties. Pre-Trial therapy is similar, but tailored to women who are currently involved with the Criminal Justice System.

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

  • would like to improve their well-being and daily functioning after experiencing sexual violence but don’t feel ready to explore in depth their own experiences
  • are able to commit to eight weekly sessions
  • are not sure if longer term counselling is the right service for them
  • are not able to commit to longer term counselling at present
  • are thinking of making, or are currently engaged in, a report of sexual violence to the police

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.