Who is the service for?
Men and women over the age of 18 from the Sunderland area, who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence, either in childhood or as an adult, and who are looking for support to address the impact of their experiences.
We also work with men from South Tyneside and Gateshead who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or rape or any form of sexual assault in adulthood.
Our clients often come to us with problems such as flashbacks and intrusive memories of the abuse, panic and anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, difficulty concentrating and issues in relationships.
What does the service offer?
Free, confidential, face to face, individual counselling from qualified and specially trained counsellors. You can ask to be seen by either a male or female counsellor as you prefer.
Our counsellors are all specifically trained to work with sexual violence issues. We provide our clients with an understanding, accepting and non-judgmental counselling relationship, within which clients can explore and share feelings associated with their traumatic experiences. We help clients to identify support mechanisms and choices, build self-confidence and work towards their goals. The number of sessions a client may have varies according to need, so that we can respond to each client’s individual issues.
What do we need from clients?
There are no restrictions around when the abuse took place or if there was police involvement.
Sessions will usually be weekly with the same counsellor and it is important that clients feel able to commit to regular attendance.
Counselling can often be difficult and painful and our counsellors are there to support clients through this process.
Where does counselling take place?
Much of our counselling takes place at our main office at 51 John Street, Sunderland SR1 1QN. Please note that both male and female clients and staff use this building. For clients who live in South Tyneside and Gateshead we will identify a suitable venue to provide counselling.
If you would like to find out more about this service or make a referral please see the “How do I refer?” section of this website or call us on 0191 514 7007