Safeline has a large team of specialist counsellors and therapists offering talking and creative therapy dedicated to helping people who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives.
We work with adults and children aged five and upwards and also parents, siblings and other family members who may have been affected. Our face-to-face therapy services are free of charge and available across Warwickshire and Coventry.
How counselling can help you
If you or someone close to you has experienced sexual abuse, rape, or sexual violence it can feel very difficult to talk about it to your friends and family. This may be because your reactions are overwhelming or confusing, you feel like you want to protect others, or you worry you won’t be believed or supported. Coming to counselling gives you a private and confidential safespace where you can talk to someone about your reactions, thoughts, feelings, and experiences without being judged.
After counselling, many clients report an improvement in their health and well-being. This includes an increased feeling of control over their lives, hope for the future and an ability to move on from their experiences.
The first steps
When you come to Safeline for counselling, an assessment manager will meet with you to help you work out what you might gain from counselling, for example the different therapies offered such as Art Therapy and the days and times that would suit you best The Assessment Manager can also tell you about the other services at Safeline, such as the ISVA Service (Independent Sexual Violence Advocates), Warwickshire Helpline or National Male Helpline. You can access these other services at the same time as your counselling.
Where would I have my counselling?
Our main therapy rooms are in Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, and we see clients at several other centres across Warwickshire and Coventry including Park Counselling Centre in Coventry, Hatters Space in Nuneaton, The Cloisters in Leamington Spa and The Cottage in Kenilworth.
Our counselling rooms are private, and welcoming. We may be able to offer counselling by telephone or online if you are not able to travel to one of our centres.
About Safeline Counsellors/Therapists
Our counsellors and psychotherapists have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy qualification or are working towards their final qualification (Student counsellors). All undertake additional accredited training in working with survivors of sexual abuse. They are members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent governing body and work in accordance with their codes of ethics. If you would like further information about staff training or qualifications please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01926 402498.
How does counselling/therapy at Safeline work?
We offer counselling in blocks of twelve weekly sessions you and your counsellor will regularly review the counselling to ensure it continues to be appropriate for you. We offer up to 48 sessions of counselling.
There is no pressure or agenda, and you can take your time to work through your experiences at your own pace. Your counsellor will not judge or criticise you; they will always listen, accept and respect your feelings. We understand that counselling can be upsetting and bring back painful memories, your counsellor can help you work out ways of coping with these feelings.
We really appreciate your feedback about our counselling service and you can give us feedback at any time to enable us to give you the best possible experience. You can speak to your counsellor, call the office on 01926 402498 or or e-mail us on email@example.com. You are also very welcome to complete our feedback form anonymously through Survey Monkey by clicking here. Thank you.
Art Therapy is another form of psychotherapy which uses a mixture of talking and art making to help people express their thoughts and feelings.Find out more
Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, communication, imagination, learning insight and growth.Find out more
From time-to-time Safeline runs therapeutic groups. Our groups usually run for 8 to 12 weeks and might include therapeutic art making or writing.Find out more
We will advertise support groups on our website, on social media (follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), or by posters and advertisements.