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 has affected you and the Social Worker knows what can help.  Choosing to talk to a counsellor works when you feel that you need help.  Counselling can help you:


  • Understand how the trauma has impacted you
  • Understand your reactions and emotions
  • Recognize your strengths, self-worth and value
  • Learn tools that will reduce the impact of trauma
  • Sort out what is a result of trauma and what is related to the challenges of daily living

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.  What you can expect:

Understand that the hard work is done outside of counselling sessions – just talking about change does not make it happen – it requires hard work and commitment on your part.

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 clients and themselves.

The counsellor make no judgements about the client or their situation.