Counselling

The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC offers a free confidential service to survivors of sexual assault who live in the Swindon and Wiltshire area.  The service is offered regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background.

Counselling is a way for you to think and talk about how you feel. The counsellors at the SARC can help you deal with your feelings after a sexual assault or rape. Talking in private with a counsellor can help you:

  • Understand how the experience has affected you
  • Cope with any changes or difficulties resulting from it
  • Adapt to life afterwards

We realise that it takes courage to pick up the phone and ask for help; we are here to help you. Our counselling team has vast experience in helping people who have experienced sexual assault or rape.

The counsellors all work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework.

We currently take clients aged 16 and over.

You may be asked a few questions about your situation and for your contact details. Session times and days will be discussed and you will  be offered the first available appointment time or contacted when a session that is convenient to you becomes available.

Counselling sessions are currently held in both Swindon, Salisbury and Devizes on specific days.

Assessment

When you attend for counselling you will have an assessment session. This offers the opportunity of ensuring this is the right service for you and that it will meet your needs. The counsellor will ask you about the feelings you are currently experiencing and ask a number of questions to assess your mood. This will help in evaluating the therapy provided to you.

The counsellor then meets you for 45 minute appointments at one of the Centre’s Counselling Suites, usually this is once a week but is agreed after discussion with the counsellor.

We receive many requests for help, therefore if you fail to keep your appointment without informing us that you can’t make it you may lose your appointment slot and will have to re-contact us to be placed back on the waiting list.

If you decide that counselling is not what you want now, you have the option to contact us at a later date. We would be happy to make an appointment for you then, or offer you other support and information.

The counsellors will keep counseling records that will be held confidentially at the centre. We will not disclose this information without your consent unless we are ordered to by a court judge or where we have concerns for your, or somebody else’s safety, however we will usually inform you if this is required.

If you would like to make an appointment, have any questions or would like to seek further advice please call;

 

Confidentiality

If you do give us your contact details or, provide identifiable information, we will usually keep your contact with us completely confidential. However, in certain circumstances we may have to share information with another agency (e.g. social services, police or the ambulance service) in order to protect you, or another person. This will apply if:-

•             you are a child or young person under 18  who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             you provide information about a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             we feel you are a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             you provide information about a  person we feel may be a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm.

The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Whenever possible we will advise you before any breach of confidentiality is made.