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Counselling Services for People Who Have Been Sexually Abused

Specialist Counselling can help you to:

  • Heal your emotional past and support your self-esteem
  • Understand yourself and your problems better
  • Deal with issues that are preventing you from moving forward including feelings of guilt and shame
  • Identify ways of finding your own solutions to problems
  • To create change or to find better ways of coping with the consequences of abuse

There are specialist services across Wales providing free counselling and other support services for adults and children that have been sexually abused. Click here to find the specialist services in your area or you can call our Support Line on 08088010818 and we can help you discuss your options, any fears you have about attending counselling and what you can expect from counselling.

What to expect from counselling:

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems in a safe and confidential space.  Its aim is to help you deal with and work through difficult thoughts and feelings that you may be having.

The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views.  They will not usually give you advice (unless appropriate), but will help you find your own insight and understanding of your problems.

  • A counselling session normally lasts for 50 mins to an hour
  • Depending on where you are accessing counselling, you may be offered up to 6 session or more.
  • During the counselling session, you will be encouraged to explore your feelings and emotions freely.
  • A counsellor may be able to help you recognise effects of other people and their actions, and explore alternative ways of coping with them.
  • It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledged your feelings and can facilitate you in reaching a positive solution.


As well as one to one counselling, some voluntary organisations provide group support.  Service users meet up in a group and discuss things in a confidential space. The group is normally facilitated by a member of staff to ensure that members of the group are supported and that all information is contained.


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