Rape Crisis North East provides counselling for adult survivors of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and child sexual abuse. RCNE counsellors are trained professionals who will listen carefully without judging. By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client’s point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective.
Survivors and supporters of rape and sexual abuse can see a counsellor in a private and confidential setting. The relationship between a counsellor and client is confidential and is based on respect and trust. You will not be criticized, nor will you be put under pressure to do or feel anything. The counsellor will help you find solutions that are realistic and workable for you.
At different points in life survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence may experience some kind of crisis. A crisis is defined as a situation or event in which a person feels overwhelmed or has difficulty coping. During such a time people experience a wide range of feelings, and each person’s response to a crisis is different. It is normal to feel anxious, frightened or depressed at such a time.
Crisis counselling involves providing support and guidance to an individual or group of people such as family or community during a crisis. The purpose of crisis counselling is to decrease emotional pain, provide emotional support, make sure that the person in crisis is safe, and help develop a plan for coping with the situation.
If you are in a crisis situation, RCNE will provide you with a counsellor and support will be offered for as long as needed.
Long Term Counselling
Long Term Counselling is offered to Women, Men and Teenagers from the age of 12, who may have experienced any form of sexual abuse or sexual violence. Each client will receive an initial appointment. The initial appointment is the first face-to-face contact a client will have with a counsellor. The purpose of this session is to make sure that the client is safe and will benefit from RCNE services. Clients will usually attend for one session per week. This session lasts for one hour and if possible be arranged for the same time each week.