The therapy experience is very different for everyone and each person has their own way of being in the world and understanding things.
Again, there is no “one way” or “right way”. Each person’s needs are unique and the counsellor will spend time with each survivor to figure out together what works best. HELP’s counsellors have special training and skills to offer and what is said to them is confidential, unless someone is at risk of harm.
Sometimes people are nervous about starting counselling and worry that they will have to tell their counsellor all about the sexual assault or sexual abuse straight away. They don’t.
It’s important that survivors feel safe and comfortable to talk about what happened in their own time and in their own way.
They can choose how much they say or don’t say and their counsellor will support them in this – the survivor’s voice is the most important!
Some clients require relatively brief assistance and may have only one or two, or up to 10, sessions with us.
Others require longer term therapy that seeks to rebuild developmental processes that have been disrupted by childhood sexual abuse and are necessary for stable functioning and safe parenting.