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.

We are currently delivering these counselling sessions online.

This program is 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
  • 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


This strand of counselling is currently accepting self-referrals only, from women who would like to access short-term therapy or pre-trial therapy online.

To self-refer, please download a referral form here, and send the completed form to counselling@sarsvl.org.uk.

If you would struggle to download or complete and send back a referral form or for any further information, please feel free to contact counselling@sarsvl.org.uk or call the office on 0113 243 0192.


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.