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Counselling/ Emotional Support

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre (DRCSC) is committed to providing a quality service for male, female and transgender survivors of sexual assault of all ages.


What is Counselling and Emotional support?

Counselling and Emotional support provides you with an opportunity to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviours that are overwhelming you or that you want to understand and /or change. You will have regular meetings with a person who has been trained to listen carefully to what you say.  DRCSC operates a person-centred approach, using different styles of working, but there are some core values and principles such as respect for your individuality and privacy.


Telephone Helpline 01202 308855

The telephone helpline will often be the first point of contact for survivors of sexual violence. Some callers may prefer to use the telephone listening service alone, but should you wish to meet with a volunteer for face to face emotional support you can request that your contact details are passed on to the Clinical Lead.


Counselling and Emotional Support face to face

Survivors wishing to meet face to face will be offered an initial assessment with the Clinical Lead, or a suitably experienced counsellor on behalf of the Clinical Lead, to discuss which part of the service will best meet your need for support. You will be offered 6 weekly appointments initially, after which the process will be reviewed at regular intervals.


How long will it take to feel better?

Everyone is unique so it is not possible to say how long it may take. It is essential therefore that it is reviewed with you at regular intervals and the number of sessions extended for a longer term if appropriate.


Where will it take place?

All emotional support work takes place at our new centre based in Poole town centre.  You will be given details of where we are located.


What about confidentiality?

DRCSC is a confidential service. We intend to provide the highest level of confidentiality and all information remains within the organisation. We will never disclose information to anyone outside the organisation. We would only contact outside agencies or talk to third parties in any circumstances with your permission.

However, if the worker feels that someone under 18 is at risk of serious harm or abuse, they might have to pass on your information to other agencies because we work to Dorset wide Child Protection procedures. Most other organisations work to similar ethical procedures.

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