North London Rape Crisis (NLRC) now offers free short-term Counselling for Family, Friends & Partners of female survivors of sexual violence. Many supporters struggle with distressing feelings of upset, shock, grief, feel overwhelmed or have intimacy issues. Counselling can support supporters work through their thoughts and feelings about what has happened to a person that they care about.
The new counselling service is available to supportive friends and family members (including supportive make partners) of a female survivor of any form of sexual violence. The supporter must live, work or study in one of our seven boroughs including Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
Counselling is a talking therapy, based on regular weekly sessions with a counsellor in a safe and confidential place and provides a unique experience that focuses entirely upon the individual giving them the opportunity to explore their feelings. We offer 6 sessions of short-term therapy, which take place on a Friday daytime in Islington and childcare and Interpreters are available on request.
Why have Friends & Family counselling?
- To talk to someone who doesn’t know you personally and who is not going to judge.
- You might feel disbelief when you first hear about the assault, you might feel surprised, shocked or numb.
- You might feel anger for a number of reasons; towards yourself for not being able to protect the survivor; towards the perpetrator or towards the survivor.
- You might feel guilt because you could not prevent the assault from happening or that the survivor did not feel comfortable to tell you about the assault right away.
- You may feel anxious about responding the’ right’ way or worried about how this event will impact your relationship with the survivor.
- People come to Counselling for all of the above reasons and many more. Whatever your reason it will be valued by the counselling service.
To find out more about the new Friends and Family Counselling Service contact:
North London Rape Crisis Helpline 0207 619 1369
10.00 – 14.00 Monday
10.00 – 13.00 Tuesday
13.00 – 17.00 Wednesday & Thursday
10.00 – 14.00 Friday