Inverclyde Women’s Aid Counselling Service
Our counselling service is free of charge and is specifically for women that are currently experiencing, have experienced or been affected by domestic or sexual abuse. This could have happened very recently or years ago. There is no time limit on when the abuse occurred as long as it is the effects of abuse that you are seeking counselling for.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a type of therapy that involves talking to a therapeutic counsellor about your thoughts, feelings and experiences within a confidential setting. This is to work together with the counsellor to better understand thoughts, emotions or behaviour that might be causing you difficulties, and develop ways to help you help yourself, whether this is learning to cope better or deciding to make changes in your life.
Counsellors are generally highly qualified and experienced therapists that are trained and regulated through professional bodies, although some organisations will take on student counsellors that are still in training. You can always talk to a counsellor about their qualifications and experience and what that means for your work together if you are unsure.
A counsellor will listen to you and believe you without judgement.
Will I Benefit From Counselling?
Abuse can impact people in a range of ways and our counsellors will work with you to establish what in your life is causing you difficulties and what you would like to work towards in counselling.
Counselling can help peoples understanding and coping in number of situations, including;
- Difficult life events, such as a recent loss.
- Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether this is a recent, or past trauma.
- Difficult emotions, such as low self-esteem.
- Mental or Physical health problems, such as anxiety, depression and long term illness.
Am I Ready for Counselling?
Although some people find immediate relief in beginning to talk in counselling, some people find they feel worse initially due to talking about difficult experiences and painful emotions they’ve not thought about for a while. If you are not sure that counselling’s right for you at this time it might be helpful to think about what you would like to gain from counselling and whether you feel in a good enough place to start talking about emotions and thoughts that are potentially distressing.
If you are unsure about whether or not you would like counselling the first session is a chance to get to know a bit more about the service we offer, and explore with a counsellor whether it is the right for you at this time.
What do Counselling Sessions Involve?
Sessions are normally weekly and last around 50 minutes. You will be offered up to 16 sessions initially, meeting with the same counsellor every session, and we will try and offer you a time that is most convenient for you.
Counselling sessions are normally held in support rooms in the Inverclyde Women’s Aid office, but if there is a reason you cannot do this alternative settings can be discussed.
Making an Appointment
If you think you would like to see a counsellor you can talk to your support worker at Inverclyde Women’s Aid, call, write or email
Office – 01475 781 689
Helpline – 01475 888 505
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Address – Inverclyde Women Aid, 9 George Square, Greenock, PA15 1QP
If a counsellor isn’t available to take your call your contact details will be passed on and a counsellor will get in touch to arrange an initial appointment with yourself as soon as possible. If it’s not safe to leave a message please let us know.
Following the initial appointment you might be placed on a waiting list, depending on counsellor’s availability
Inverclyde Women’s Aid will ensure that information remains confidential within the organisation. However we are obliged to pass on any concerns of child protection, abuse of vulnerable adults, or circumstances where someone is in immediate extreme risk or involved in serious criminal conduct to relevant agencies.
Your counsellor will discuss confidentiality in more detail with you during your first appointment
- For other counsellors and counselling services around the area check counselling-directory.org.uk
- To talk to someone now you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123
- For more information about counselling and other talking therapies you can look at mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/talking-treatments