Specialist time-limited counselling
Since 2014 we have been providing a specialist trauma counselling service for women and girls aged 13+ across Somerset and Avon in venues in Taunton, Yeovil, Glastonbury, Weston Super Mare, Bath, Yate, Bridgwater and Minehead. We are also able to refer Bristol residents to access specialist counselling at our Bristol office via our partner agency The Green House
SARSAS is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) http://www.bacp.co.uk/ and all of our Counsellors adhere to the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
SARSAS Counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
SARSAS Adult and Young Person Counsellors may use a variety of ways of working to help clients, but all work from a person-centred approach. This means they will treat all clients as individuals and offer a warm, non-judgmental and genuine professional relationship where you can safely talk about your thoughts and feelings.
Counsellors will work with you at your own pace and will not advise you on what to do, but support and empower you to find your own answers, in order to help you cope and recover from the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. We usually offer 12 sessions, for 50 minutes once a week, though you may need fewer than 12, or more than 12 in which case we can offer up to 24 sessions.
If you are accessing counselling at SARSAS for Pre Trial Therapy, we will explain that we will not be able to discuss any details of the incident(s) during sessions, but are able to offer support around the impact on your day to day coping. Pre Trial Therapy is also available at the Bridge.
If you would like more information on our Counselling service, or the Groupwork that we also provide, you can contact our helpline on 0808 801 0456, our Taunton office on 01823 324944 or our Bristol Office on 0117 929 9556.
If you are a professional and a client you are working with would like a referral to this service you can download a referral form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can contact your client directly to arrange an initial assessment.
By searching our Survivor Pathway website www.survivorpathway.org.uk for services across Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire you will also be able to find further counselling services in your area by other specialist organisations such as Womankind and Kinergy.
Specialist Support is also available for the concerned others (e.g.family member, carer or friend) of young people aged 13-18 in Somerset who are currently using our counselling service.
Our Specialist Support Worker will offer up to 6 confidential sessions, provide emotional support and work with you to understand the nature of trauma and what you can do to help. For more information on how to self-refer, please contact our Taunton office on 01823 324944.
Want to talk?
Women and girls
0808 801 0456
Men and boys
0808 801 0464
Monday 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm – 8:30pm