TRC Counselling Service
We provide free one to one counselling with specially trauma-trained therapists, for women who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any stage of their lives.
Counselling may not be beneficial for everyone. To assist you to make that decision, we arrange an assessment session to see whether we can support you, and for you to see if TRC can meet your needs.
If you are living, in Greater Manchester you can securely fill in this online self-referral form, or download the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 14 working days.
Please make sure in your form or email, you tell us how you’d prefer to be contacted. Please also include a contact number, when you are available to take the call and if it’s safe to leave you a voice mail.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy. It involves working with a trained specialist therapist.
Counselling provides a space that helps you get a clearer understanding of yourself, your experiences and your situation.
Your Rape Crisis counsellor will never force you to talk about anything you’re not ready to. When you work with a counsellor who is right for you, you should feel understood and supported. You’ll be encouraged to express your feelings in safe and appropriate ways.
You and your counsellor will review whether you feel the counselling is meeting your needs on a regular basis.
Deciding to have counselling can be a very powerful and life-affirming choice. At the same time, it’s not always easy or comfortable. It will involve remembering and feeling memories and emotions that can be painful and difficult. This is a usual part of the counselling process and it will get easier.
We understand that those who have experienced rape or sexual violence have gone through a complex trauma. The effects of that can be far-reaching and continue to impact victims or survivors long after it has happened. It can take time to process and work through those experiences.
This is why we offer long-term support for those going through counselling with us. Typically, we review your progress every 6 weeks and offer up to 26 weeks of counselling. By comparison, many NHS counselling services can offer between 6-8 weeks as standard.