Counselling

 The consequences of experiencing domestic violence and abuse are many – depression, anxiety, feeling powerless, loss of self-esteem are just a few. We are here to listen, help and support you.

 How counselling can help

Our volunteer counsellors, who are either trainees or professional counsellors, are trained in giving specialist support to help you cope when you are feeling down, confused or unsure of how to deal with what is happening in your life. They have also been specifically trained to understand the causes and effects of domestic abuse. All our volunteer counsellors are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and follow their counselling ethical guidelines. 

SAFE’s counselling provides a confidential, safe and regular space for you to talk about any difficulties and explore your thoughts and feelings. Our counsellors are there to support you and respect your views and decisions. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights and possibly solutions to deal with what is happening.

Following an initial interview to discuss your needs, you will be offered 10 sessions with a counsellor. The sessions will last for an hour and ideally your sessions should take place weekly. 

It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who is able to listen non-judgementally and help you reach a positive solution.

We do not charge for our counselling sessions but if you would like to, you can make a donation to SAFE to help us continue this service.

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