Tag Archives | featured

Counselling for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse

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

Here to Help

What is Counselling?

Help and Advice – Adult Services Tel: 0191 5147007

  • Counselling is not advice or telling you what to do.
  • You are in control and you decide what you want to talk about.
  • Counselling can provide a safe place, where you can feel listened to and understood.

When people are struggling to cope with the effects of difficult life events, feelings or experiences it can feel overwhelming. Sharing your experiences and feelings with someone outside your own immediate situation provides you with a chance to unburden.

Talking with a counsellor or bereavement support worker in confidence can provide the opportunity to explore your feelings, make more sense of what is happening to you and consider ways to make things better.

Feeling less isolated, knowing that you matter and are being listened to, can help prevent or eliminate the bottled up feelings that can lead to ill health and despair. Exploring / clarifying issues and feelings as well as what options are available to you, can often help you to decide on a way forward and what is best for you.

You can then take back some of the control in your life and hopefully live in a way that is more positive, meaningful and rewarding.

Bereavement and Loss

When Someone Has Died

When someone has lost a loved one, trying to cope with the pain and loss alone can be difficult. People can be left feeling sad, lonely, helpless, confused, even angry. We provide help and support for people who have been bereaved, with the opportunity to meet others who have been in similar situations.

What we offer

The group meets at Sunderland Counselling Services offices, 37 West Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1BU every Monday from 2.00 to 3.30 (except for Bank Holidays). The group is facilitated by experienced bereavement support workers. If you feel that this might be of help to you, please call us on 0191 514 7007 for more information.

You will find a supportive and caring group of people who will try to understand what you are going through and will help you to cope with your grief.

One of the group members has said, “When my wife died of cancer it left me devastated. I didn’t think I could go on. Sunderland Counselling Services helped me a great deal – I found it very valuable to meet with other people in the same situation as me, with the same sadness, the same loneliness and the same anger as me. SCS has given me back my smile. It has given me a reason to live again.”

Malcare WordPress Security