The aim of our Sexual Violence Counselling Service is to help women and men bring about effective change in their lives, better manage feelings and relationships, enhance their well-being and lead lives of greater resilience and resourcefulness.
Counselling is a proven way of improving well-being and self-esteem, developing coping mechanisms and reducing harmful behaviours, providing freedom from the damaging effects of sexual abuse and enabling survivors to move on and regain control of their lives.
Taking that first step into telling another person about memories or present events that are troubling you can be very difficult. We appreciate how hard that can be.
Our counselling service:
Our sexual violence counselling service is available to survivors of any form of sexual violence, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. All of our counsellors are BACP or UKPC members.
Our counselling service is available in confidential community spaces across Gwent and online via our secure online portal.
Online counselling can be delivered via video or live chat and all sessions are secure, confidential, and encrypted, which means your privacy is protected.
How can counselling help you?
Counselling is a way for you to think and talk about how you feel. The counsellors at Horizon can help you deal with your feelings after a sexual assault or rape. Talking in private with a counsellor can help you:
Understand how the experience has affected you.
Cope with any changes or difficulties resulting from it.
Adapt to life afterwards.
Counselling Case Study
A Horizon Counsellor recently supported a woman who had experienced sexual violence as a child. Through counselling, the woman was able to:
- Accept the scale of the violence she experienced in her family home as a child.
- Explore how she felt about the lack of support from her family.
- Express her legitimate anger towards her abuser.
- Reclaim her power by explaining her feelings and exploring what she wanted to happen.
- Feel empowered by opening up.
- Relieve herself of the burden of carrying resentment and anger towards her abuser.
- Stop experiencing flashbacks.
- Consolidate her new empowered identity by discussing how she was feeling, what she was noticing was different about her and reflecting back the important work that she had done.