Some adult survivors feel overwhelmed at the prospect of finding and asking someone for ongoing help and support, especially when it is such a personal topic, but survivors don’t have to cope with their experiences and feelings on their own. Counselling offers a safe space for survivors to explore and understand their experiences, or other things they are wondering about, with a trained professional who is dedicated to working with survivors.
The therapy experience is very different for everyone and each person has their own way of being in the world and understanding things. Again, there is no “one way” or “right way”. Each counsellor’s style is unique and they will spend time with each survivor to figure out together how the counselling relationship might look. HELP’s counsellors have special training and skills to offer and what is said to them is confidential, unless someone is at risk of harm.
Sometimes people are nervous about starting counselling and worry that they will have to tell their counsellor all about the sexual assault or sexual abuse straight away. They don’t. It’s important that survivors feel safe and comfortable to talk about what happened in their own time and in their own way. They can choose how much they say or don’t say and their counsellor will support them in this – the survivor’s voice is the most important!
Some clients require relatively brief interventions and may have only one or two, or up to 10, sessions with us. Others require longer term therapy that seeks to rebuild developmental processes that are disrupted by childhood sexual abuse and are necessary for stable functioning and safe parenting. It depends on what survivors feel they need.
Here’s a list of “Must Knows” about therapy.
We aim to provide therapy services to all those who need them. This is made possible by client contributions. Learn more about how client contributions work.