Due to a cut in funding we are currently unable to take on new clients or provide support services.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors – Coming soon
Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. They will help you understand all the options available to you, how the criminal justice process works, and will explain things to you, such as what will happen if you report to the police, and the importance of seeking professional support.
Our ISVA is there to provide you with information only so that you can make the right decision for you. By contacting them, you are not expected to report any offence to the police.
What can you expect from your ISVA?
- Confidential and Independent Service – Not Linked to the Police
- A safe, comfortable and private place to meet
- Full explanation of the Criminal Justice System
- One to One support & Guidance through the Investigation and Court Process
- Weekly Telephone/Email Support
- Information and support to help you report a crime to the Police
- Fast-track referral pathways to supporting agencies
- Assistance to submit anonymous intelligence to the Police
- Coping Skills
- Signposting and referrals to other specialist agencies
- A bespoke care plan just for you
Our ISVA has received extensive training and comes with experience of supporting people at a time of crisis. They are funded by the Mayors Office for Police & Crime and cost you nothing. They are here to represent your best interests and make sure you have all the information you need to make informed choices about your case and your future.
Adult Individual Counselling
All clients have an initial assessment with the Service Development Practitioner and are then matched with a suitable counsellor. You have the opportunity to share your experience with them and talk about what you would like to get out of your time in therapy. It is also an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable to continue to work together with your therapist, as we acknowledge and respect research that highlights the importance of a good therapeutic relationship. Our individual counselling service allows you to work on a one-to-one basis with your personal therapist; with the aim of making positive change in your life. We aim to provide you with a safe and supportive environment to explore any problems you may be experiencing. Talking to a trained professional may help you look at problems from a different angle and begin to equip you with the necessary strategies to work through your difficulties. Counselling aims to alleviate suffering, solve problems and help people live more satisfying lives. It often targets a particular symptom or situation and explores ways of dealing with it. Distinct methods of counselling start from different theoretical bases – typically humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive or behavioural. You will generally have weekly appointments with your therapist.
A safe and supportive environment that individuals can meet each other and share. Facilitated by a qualified counsellor, meetings occur weekly. In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually non-professional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for find a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks.
Couples counselling, previously known as marital therapy or marriage guidance, addresses the problems arising from adult sexual or intimate relationships. The relationship, rather than the two individuals, is the ‘client’. Our very closest relationship, a marriage; is based on intimacy and trust. When it stops working we are affected deeply and our health and happiness suffer. Our sense of identity and self-worth often rests on the strength of our relationships and we can despair when our prime relationship fails. Pressures of work, family, money and health all take their toll. Patterns of behaving that we learned as children often re-emerge in our adult relationship. A childhood ‘scapegoat’ may start to feel blamed for everything by the partner who once adored them. Psychosexual issues can highlight a problem within the relationship or arise from the past. Childhood sexual abuse, for example, can impact on an otherwise happy relationship and can be helped with a suitably qualified practitioner. Communicating and staying connected during difficult times may feel impossible. Skills are available to help you listen and be heard, particularly when the unbearable needs to be heard and acknowledged.
Children & Adolescent Individual Therapy
Counselling for children and young people may differ from counselling for adults, and will depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. Different methods may be used to encourage young children to be able to express their difficulties, such as play and art. For example, reading stories and talking about feelings of a character in that story may help the child to discuss their own feelings, or drawing/painting/drama may help children to express themselves. These methods all give the counsellor a great insight into the unconscious mind of the child. Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both, and the counselling approach will depend on a particular individual. Although different methods may be used for counselling children, the aim of counselling for both children and adults is ultimately the same; to help the individual cope better with their emotions and feelings.
Play therapy in general is based on the belief that play links a child’s internal thoughts to the outside world. It connects concrete experience and abstract thought while allowing the child to safely express experiences, thoughts, feelings and desires that might be more threatening if directly addressed.
Art therapy invites clients to express their feelings, dreams, wishes and inner experiences through different art media. The art work is considered to be a representation of the object world, but those creating it project part of themselves onto the work. The art, therefore, is seen to contain both the object and a representation of the client’s self. It can allow clients to distance themselves from what they are working with.
Family therapy emerged from systems theory, which sees families as living systems. There are different models of family therapy, but often common elements include the use of genograms or family trees, videos or one-way screens and narrative therapy. There is focus on context of problems, thus family therapy can be seen as an ecological approach.