Frequently Asked Questions

What is counselling at WMRSASC?

A service which enables individuals to work through their past and current experiences of sexual abuse and/or rape. WMRSASC acknowledges that individuals will not forget what has happened to them, but through counselling it aims to support them as they move on and lead a more fulfilled life.

How is the ISVA service different to counselling?

An ISVA worker supports individuals who have reported, or are thinking of reporting, their experiences to the Police, or are going through the criminal justice process. The ISVA does not provide counselling, they provide practical and emotional support with regard to the case and issues or needs that may arise as a result of it.

Will what I say be confidential?

Confidential information will only be disclosed if it’s indicated that a child or young person may be experiencing or be at potential risk of abuse of any kind, or where it is indicated that a client is at risk of serious self-harm, suicide and/or harm to others. Wherever possible this will be discussed with you before the disclosure. This action will only be taken after a worker has consulted with their line manager and/or clinical supervisor.

Will I have to talk about everything that has happened to me?

No. You will not be pressurised into talking about things you do not wish to talk about. You need only to tell us what is relevant and helpful for you. The session is your time, and we are here to help you find your own way of moving forward.

How long will I have counselling for?

Each session lasts for just under an hour and usually takes place weekly at the same day and time each week. It is hard to predict how long counselling will last but this will be negotiated with your counsellor.

Will I always see the same worker?

You will speak to one worker for your initial needs assessment, and then will be allocated a worker who you will see for the rest of your sessions.

Are the workers all qualified?

All our workers are fully qualified and have also completed our own accredited specialist training programme. WMRSASC works in line with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Where will the sessions take place?

WMRSASC is located at confidential locations in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. When you arrange an appointment, you will be given details of our location. We can, if resources are available and Covid guidelines permitting, support individuals at different locations throughout the counties.

How much will the sessions cost me?

WMRSASC is a registered charity (1136677) and we do not charge clients a fee for sessions. If you wish to make a donation, this is voluntary.