One to one counselling is offered to help survivors come to terms with what has happened to them.
All of our counsellors are qualified – they work one to one with clients to help them to understand what has happened to them.
The counselling work will focus on helping clients to understand:
- How the abuse may be affecting their everyday lives
- How to challenge the lies which the abuse and the abuser(s) have used, and the myths which may be prevalent in every day society
- How to let out feelings in a way which is not damaging
Each client will be allocated a counsellor and the aim will be that that counsellor will work with the client for as long as required. Some clients may feel ready to move on after a few weeks or months, others will be working with their counsellor for a year or more.
Counselling can be hard work – it is important that clients are ready and comfortable to undertake the process. We therefore ask everyone who is considering using our service to attend an initial assessment. This assessment will be an informal meeting between the new client and a qualified counsellor, where the client will be asked very basic questions about what has happened to them and what type of support may help them. Following this assessment a decision will be made as to whether counselling is appropriate for the client, and if so they will be placed on a waiting list until a suitable counsellor becomes available. All information shared at the initial assessment will be kept confidential whenever possible – see our confidentiality statement
In some cases clients may be allocated a support worker –either instead of counselling support, or to provide support whilst on the waiting list for counselling.
Initial assessments and counselling is currently available in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and Thetford – waiting times may vary.