What is Counselling?
It is a one to one relationship which gives the person the opportunity of talking about personal problems on a regular basis. The counselling relationship provides the space for a person to speak in a safe, trusted & confidential environment. The counsellor helps the person come to terms with what has happened and empowers them to look to the future in a more positive way.
How Does Counselling Help?
Counselling helps the person to explore their feelings in relation to their trauma. It is an enormous relief for someone to be able to talk, to open up and express painful memories and feelings that may have been bottled up for a long time. Counselling enables the person to reach their full potential so that their experience of sexual violence no longer controls or overwhelms their life.
How long does counselling take?
Each person is different and it depends on their individual needs. It can vary from a few weeks up to a few months or longer. Most people feel some benefit even after a few sessions. Each session lasts 50 minutes. At the end of the sixth session, it will be decided between the counsellor and the client how many additional sessions may be needed. If at any time a client wants to end or leave the counselling they have the choice to do so.
What does it cost?
Wexford Rape Crisis requests €20 per session. This is to help fund our counselling service and address our extensive waiting lists. Any client not in a position to pay the full fee has the option of paying part thereof or anyone who is not in a position at all will not be denied counselling. If someone wishes to make a donation through our website they are welcome to do so.
Is counselling available to men?
We provide counselling to men who have been sexually abused or raped. While sometimes it is more difficult for a man to come forward, the counsellors are very aware of this and will treat their needs in strict confidence.
Is there help available for a partner, family member or friend?
Disclosure of sexual violence can be devastating for those close to the survivor and sometimes they are afraid of saying the wrong thing. A counsellor is available to talk through these issues with the supporting person either on the helpline or face to face.
I’ve just been raped, what should I do?
There are important Do’s & Dont’s that you need to know if you want to report it to the Gardai:
What happens if I want to report to the Gardai?
The decision to report can be very difficult. The centre will explain to you what the procedure is. Garda accompaniment is available on request.