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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.

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.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is another form of psychotherapy which uses a mixture of talking and art making to help people express their thoughts and feelings.

You don’t have to be good at art or even have a particular interest in art to benefit from Art Therapy.  A therapy session isn’t an art lesson either.  The aim is for the client and therapist to work together using the art materials to explore what is happening for the client.  It can be particularly useful for those people who may find talking about their experiences difficult and struggle to find the words to express how they’re feeling.

Safeline’s Art Therapists/Psychotherapists have completed a recognised masters level training and undertake accredited training in working with survivors of sexual abuse. They are registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and are State registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPS).

Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is form of psychotherapy which uses action methods to facilitate creativity, communication, imagination, learning insight and growth.

A Dramatherapy session is a method of working that may incorporate the use of music and sound, story making and storytelling, movement and playing amongst many other methods.

Like Art Therapy, it is not necessary to have any experience of theatre or acting to benefit from Dramatherapy and it can be helpful for those who find talking about their experience challenging. Dramatherapists can support the therapeutic process by offering creative ways to explore any issue that you may wish to engage with, whether emotional, physical, educational, cultural, or otherwise.

Safeline’s Dramatherapists have completed a recognised masters level training and are required to undertake accredited training in working with survivors of sexual abuse. They are registered with the British Association of Dramatherapists  (BADth) and are State registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPS).

Therapeutic Groups

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. 

People who have come to our groups say that it can be life-changing to hear the stories of others and to share similar thoughts and feelings.  Groups are a good way to help you share the way you feel with others who have experienced similar issues.  Groups help you relate to others, can provide mutual encouragement, and reduce the feelings of isolation often experience by survivors.

Each group is run by two experienced facilitators.  You can talk to the facilitators before the group begins and they will explain what goes on and answer any of your questions or concerns.

On the first session, you will be invited as a member of the group to agree boundaries to ensure the smooth running of the group and to keep yourself and others safe.

In the following weeks you will cover topics such as how to create your own support system, developing coping strategies, how to respond to crisis and how to ask for help.

Each member is equal and valued.  Being in control of your recovery can be scary at first, you can join in at your own pace without pressure, there’s no rush.

We will advertise support groups on our website, on social media (follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), or by posters and advertisements.

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