BACP states the following:
“Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns. You might talk about difficult events in your life or your relationships and emotions. Or you might have negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change. Therapists will not give you advice or solve your problems for you. They will listen to your story, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life.”
At BRASACC we offer counselling to anyone who is a survivor of rape or sexual abuse. You can easily self-refer for counselling by calling us on 01256423890 or via the website. Once you have contacted us we will call you and take some details from you over the phone. We then aim to invite you to our premises at the Orchard in Basingstoke for a face to face assessment with one of our counsellors within 2 months of you first contacting us. All our Counsellors are highly trained and experienced in this field.
During the assessment the Counsellor will explain more about BRASACC before asking you some questions, so we have enough information to agree a treatment plan with you. If we think you would benefit from counselling, we normally offer you 8 to 12 sessions to begin with and this is then reviewed throughout your treatment journey.
All clients on our waiting list are contacted by phone every month to check how things are and discuss any possible changes in the clients’ situation. Clients can opt out of this service, but it give us an opportunity to arrange further support if it is appropriate.
Support while you wait
Some of our clients benefit from group support while they are waiting for their counselling to start. The group runs weekly and is a support group rather than a therapy group. This means that group members will work on developing coping skills and will not share any details of the abuse they have experienced with the rest of the group.
If anyone is interested in joining our support group we can discuss this with them during the assessment appointment, or during the periodic support calls we make to clients while they are on the waiting list. If a client is interested in joining the group we arrange for them to meet with the staff who facilitate the group so they can have more information and we can both decide if the group will be suitable for them.