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"How can counselling help me?"

We recognise that healing from something as complex as rape or other abusive sexual acts requires a holistic approach. This can include physical, psychological, emotional, criminal and relational issues, as well as sometimes the transpersonal or spiritual. Each survivor has their own priority as to what is important to them. Lifecentre counselling and support is client led: we listen to the needs of each individual and tailor the counselling around your personal priorities and goals.

Lifecentre has a team of over 25 specialist face-to-face counsellors and play therapists. All of our counsellors have a minimum of a Diploma in Counselling and are trained in working with sexual trauma using trauma therapy techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other humanistic counselling modalities. They are also trained in providing Pre-Trial Therapy and in using creative techniques within their counselling, such as different forms of art therapy. Many of our counsellors have special additional areas of expertise, such as substance misuse and addictions, bereavement counselling, mindfulness and working with learning disabilities. Our team working with children and young people have additional qualifications in Children and Young People’s Counselling or are qualified play therapists. Lifecentre provides ongoing professional development and supervision for all of our counsellors and play therapists.

All of our counsellors are personally committed to helping people who have suffered sexual abuse and trauma.

You may want to talk about something that’s been going on for a long time but you’ve been too afraid to talk about it. Or maybe it’s something that has just recently happened to you. Either way, it can be a huge help to talk through your thoughts and feelings about what happened to you and to know that someone else is there for you to help you process what you experienced and move forward with your life. Whilst friends and family can be an important support, sharing your experience with them can be complicated as it can have a knock-on effect on them and your relationship with them. A counsellor can provide you with a safe, independent, non-judgmental place to work through what is important to you, without you worrying about the effects of this on your relationships.

We also offer counselling to supporters and close family members of survivors of sexual abuse and rape. If you have been affected relationally by the sexually abusive experience of someone close to you, then we can help you too.

“After I was attacked all of my relationships broke down. I was humiliated, living in fear, scared to go out. I was spending all my time at home crying with the curtains closed and doors locked. On my 22nd birthday I took steps to end my own life. Somehow I survived. I realised I needed help. Since Lifecentre, I am able to go out. I’m slowly starting to get my confidence back. I don’t get as many bad dreams or sleep with a baseball bat under my pillows. I can laugh now and six weeks ago I wore a dress.”

Lifecentre client

What difference does counselling make?

We hope it will encourage you to know that our recent surveys of all the clients we saw over the period of a year show that:

  • 98% felt they had benefitted from counselling
  • 96% felt safer
  • 96% had higher self-confidence
  • 92% were less reliant on drugs or alcohol
  • 87% were coping better at work/school/university