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: 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.

We have now reopened our waiting list to self-referrals. Due to limited capacity we can only take a limited number of self-referrals per month, so please fill out a form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please visit our Counselling page to view the form.

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.