Here are some common questions about counselling:

What is Counselling?

There are many different kinds of counselling. Many counsellors work on the basis that providing you with an environment in which you feel comfortable will enable you to explore your feelings and reflect on your situation. Thus giving you a clearer understanding of what you are experiencing and help you to organise and gain some control over your thoughts and feelings.

The relationship between the client and counsellor is not like any other relationship in life. Counsellors work within strict guidelines and boundaries in order to give the client the ideal environment. Sessions are time limited, often 50 minutes per session, and there may be an end date set. This allows the client to be clear from the beginning what they are to expect and it promotes empowerment of the client rather than reliance on the counsellor.

RASASC counsellors will never pressure you into talking about anything you do not wish to. The sessions tend to be person centred meaning that it is the client that chooses what they want to work on and the counsellor facilitates this. Counselling is a two-way process and the client has to participate in order to get the best out of it.

RASASC’s counselling service is confidential within the organisation however if the counsellor was to believe that the client or anyone else was at risk of harm then confidentiality will be broken. The counsellor will discuss exactly what this means in the first session.

Will it help me?

Counselling is not a ‘fix all’ solution. It is more like the cement in the wall of your healing process. The counselling experience is different for everyone.

Whether it helps or not depends on a number of factors including; the type of counselling, the counsellor themselves, what stage of recovery you are in, your current mental and emotional health and, most of all, your willingness to engage with the counselling process.

For these reasons you may have very different experiences if you try counselling more than once. If it has not worked for you in the past it does not mean it won’t work if you try it again.

The key to counselling is wanting it, it won’t work if you are forcing yourself into it because you think it is the best thing to do. You may not be ready to access counselling now but in time you might come to a point where you feel the time is right. Do not pressure yourself into anything.

How can I access counselling?

  • You can access counselling through RASASC via contacting us by telephone or email
  • You can search the internet or contact RASASC to get information on rape centres that provide counselling in your area.
  • You can access various kinds of counselling through you GP and other non-specific counselling charities.
  • You can choose to pay for counselling use the following link to find a reputable counsellor in your area:

You can contact RASASC (in office hours) to get more information and advice on any of the issues talked about in this section.