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, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and therapeutic services. We provide these 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 currently only accepting self-referrals from women who would like to access counselling online (via video call or telephone). These sessions are suitable for women who can access the internet via a device with a camera and microphone, or are happy and able to access sessions by phone. It is also necessary to be able to be in a private space, undisturbed, for the duration of a weekly session.
If you are a professional and feel that a service user that you are working with or who you have signposted to our service would struggle to self-refer, please feel free to make contact with us in order to discuss how we could facilitate the referral.
Our Counselling offers different strands of therapeutic support.
We are currently only accepting self-referrals from women who would like to access counselling online (via video call or telephone).
We can offer short term therapy or pre-trial therapy of up to 8 sessions.
We can also offer sessions of up to 20 weeks to service users who are ready to explore their experiences in more depth.
To self-refer to our different counselling options, please click the links below for further information.
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.