What is involved in counselling?
Counselling is a ‘conversation’ with a trained Social Worker where you work together to deal with the effects of the trauma. You know best how the trauma makes you feel and the Social Worker can help you:
- Understand how you feel about the trauma
- Understand your emotions
- Recognize your strengths, self worth and value
- Help you make changes to your life that are important to you
What is Counselling like at SACC?
The Counsellors at SACC are all registered Social Workers who are trained especially to help survivors of sexual violence. Their experience and knowledge give them the tools to help. Your information is kept completely confidential and will only be shared if necessary with other Social Workers within SACC. Before you begin counselling, your Social Worker will explain the rules and procedures for confidentiality.
Besides individual counselling, attending a group gives you an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences which can help you feel less alone. SACC is an open and friendly place where you can discuss your situation and your needs.
When you call SACC, a Social Worker will ask you questions to make sure that SACC can meet your needs. Counselling will be explained and if you agree, you are welcome to visit our drop-in on scheduled days. During this first visit, the Social Worker will ask questions and you will need to fill out some questionnaires. This first step is called an ‘assessment’ to help the counsellor learn quickly how the trauma has affected you, remembering that trauma affects everyone differently. Once the assessment is completed, you and a Social Worker will set goals for your counselling, usually meeting once a week for about 50 minutes.
Also, interest in group counselling will be discussed. Groups generally meet weekly for two hours for a set period of time.
SACC’s Counselling Philosophy:
Clients who come to the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre are experts in their own lives. Clients and counsellors are equal. Clients are experts about themselves and their own experiences. Counsellors are experts on coping skills, strategies for helping and providing information in the community.
Counsellors acknowledge and respect the differences between the client and themselves.
The counsellor makes no judgements about the client or their situation.