Advocacy Counselling Helpline


Offering a range of holistic therapeutic support services to survivors (18+).

Confidential, free, specialist and independent from the police or statutory bodies. Our services are provided online and in our 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 Team at SARSVL is very sorry but we have had to close our waiting list temporarily. This is because our waiting list is very long and we have a very high number of referrals and only a small team of counsellors.

If you were hoping to refer yourself today please let us know by registering your details on the Expression of Interest form below so that we can keep track of how many people need our service when we are not able to take referrals. We will use this information to seek more funding to expand our service in future and we’ll also be able to contact you directly via email to let you know when our waiting list is open again.

Counselling Expression of Interest

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

In the meantime, if you would like to read more about our Counselling Service please scroll down this page.

We offer…

The SARSVL 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. Offering a holistic approach to recovery and providing a different strands of therapeutic support and counselling options:

Short Term Counselling – opportunity to develop well-being strategies through reconnecting with and developing internal and external resources over the course of eight 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. Find out more here.

Pre-Trial Therapy – similar to Short Term Counselling, but tailored to women who are currently involved with the Criminal Justice System. Find out more here.

Twenty Sessions of Weekly Counselling – the space to explore your feelings and thoughts about what happened to you over a longer period of time, providing an opportunity for in-depth exploration and processing of traumatic experiences, as well as creating coping mechanisms to manage their impact. Find out more here.

Please visit our Make a Referral page to refer yourself. If you struggle to download or complete and return a referral form, or for further information, please feel free to contact counselling@sarsvl.org.uk or call the office on 0113 243 0192.

About SARSVL Counselling

Our Counselling service is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCAP) and Rape Crises England and Wales (RCEW) and adheres to their ethical framework and guidelines.

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 – email counselling@sarsvl.org.uk.

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.

Further support

For women who have completed Counselling or who are still attending Counselling we also offer Complementary Therapy and our Peer Support Group ‘Share, Care and Create’.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, these are currently on hold. 

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.