If you’ve experienced rape or sexual abuse it may be hard to talk to your close friends or family. Our free, confidential counselling service means that you can speak to a specialist who is qualified and trained to help you work through your emotions.
All of our counsellors are women. Counselling is a safe place for you to talk with someone who can support you as you move forward with your life.
How do I know if it will help?
Counselling may not be right for everyone, so before you come for your first session we’ll ask to meet you to check that counselling is the right route for you. If you don’t feel that it is right for you at this time, don’t worry, we’ll tell you where you can get the right kind of help.
What will happen at a counselling session?
Counselling sessions take place in a women-only space, usually last an hour and they are free. There’s no pressure, no agenda and you can take your time to work through what’s happened. It can be upsetting or can bring back memories, so after your session you might need some support or a bit of space.
Counselling is about what works for you, what will help you deal with rape or sexual abuse and move forward. Your counsellor can’t give you advice but she can listen and help you find your way through. Your counsellor may be able to give you practical information about where to get support. She will never judge or criticise, she will understand and help you take back control of your life and move forward in your own time.
In July 2016 we launched our new short film: We Believe You. The film weaves together the stories of two survivors using real testimonials and shows the key moments in their journey to seek help. Two service users gave their stories to RCTN but all the parts are played by actresses.
Can I bring a friend?
If you tell us in advance you can bring another woman with you but they can’t come into your counselling session.
Is it completely confidential?
Your counselling sessions are confidential unless we feel that you or someone else is at risk of harm.
Our counselling service is British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited and we adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions which provides a framework to ensure we are working to sound ethical practices and considerations within our work.
How often do I have to come to sessions?
We normally recommend weekly sessions and we will work with you at a pace you are comfortable with. We offer up to 20 sessions.
Do you accept referrals?
We accept referrals from women themselves and from others, including other organisations, who have the woman’s permission. We have a waiting list and stay in regular contact with women while they wait for counselling.
To make a referral or to find out more contact us.
What kind of counselling is it?
We offer person-centred counselling which is non-directional.
What qualifications do your counsellors have?
All our counsellors are women and all hold the minimum of a postgraduate diploma in Counselling and many years’ experience.
Our counselling service is British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited and we adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Where do the sessions take place in Tyneside?
We have safe, comfortable, women-only counselling rooms in the centre of Newcastle and an outreach base in South Shields. You’ll see your counsellor in a private room. If you prefer to use the telephone we can, in some cases, arrange for telephone support with one of our counsellors.
Where do the sessions take place in Northumberland?
Our aim is to provide safe, comfortable counselling at as many different venues as possible so that you don't have too far to travel. We currently have outreach bases in Alnwick, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Hexham and Morpeth. Some of these are women-only. Our counsellors will help you identify which base would be best for you. You’ll see our counsellor in a private room. If you prefer to use the telephone we can, in some cases, arrange for telephone support with one of our counsellors.