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What is counselling?

If you have experienced domestic abuse, rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse, counselling can help you to overcome problems arising from these potentially devastating experiences.  Counselling does not claim to be the answer to your problems but does offer the opportunity to move your life towards better and more effective ways of coping. 

Counselling involves the counsellor listening to your situation, exploring how what has happened has impacted on your life, and helping you to discover more about yourself.  This process can help you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, enabling you to make more informed choices and decisions.  The counsellor will not judge you, will be impartial and actively listen, creating the safe space for you to share your problems and emotional pain.  A counsellor will also support you to explore other possible sources of help should that be necessary. 

Whatever the nature of the problem no judgements are made and a safe environment in which to share and be listened to is assured.


How can I access counselling?

Your SWA support worker may suggest counselling to you, or you yourself can request counselling.  You will then be referred for a counselling assessment where we will discuss with you whether counselling will help you, explain the different types of counselling and decide which type is most suited to your needs.

We work with a number of specialist counsellors who are registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and are experienced at working with the issues of domestic abuse, rape, sexual violence and sexual abuse. Counselling sessions take place in our quiet, private Counselling Suite at our main headquarters in West Bromwich.


If you are referred for counselling

  • You will initially be offered between 7 and 14 sessions on a weekly basis which will be one hour in length. We ask that you commit to attend the complete course of sessions so the full benefit can be gained. When you are nearing the end of the course your counsellor will discuss with you if there is a need for further appointments.
  • Try not to go along thinking counselling will be the answer to all of your problems in the first session.  It takes time to explore your thoughts and feelings.  This is not a quick fix.  Counselling is not an easy process because it involves talking about things you may feel uncomfortable with and may have tended to push to one side.
  • When you attend a session we ask that you are not under the influence of non-prescription drugs or alcohol. If the counsellor considers that you are under the influence of these substances then further sessions will have to be re-negotiated.
  • If you can’t make the pre-booked appointment then we ask you to call and let your support worker know as soon as possible.  We ask that you try to call at least 24 hours before the appointment is due.  The support worker can then make the counsellor aware and may mean that another client could see the counsellor.
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