The first step is to call our helpline on 1800 750 780. Here you will speak to a professional who will give you information on our counselling service and answer any questions you may have. An assessment will be organized for you with our counselling coordinator.
An assessment is the initial session with a counsellor. This offers the opportunity for you and the counsellor to explore what it is you want from counselling. Some background information will be discussed and the necessary paperwork completed.
We aim to see all clients for an assessment within two weeks of contacting SRCC. It may take a number of months to start counselling. Support is available to clients who are waiting for counselling via our helpline.
The length of time spent in counselling varies from person to person – from a few weeks up to a few months or longer. Most people feel the benefit of counselling after a few sessions. It is always the choice of the individual whether or not they want to continue with the counselling process. The therapeutic process is reviewed every 6 sessions between you and your counsellor.
All our counsellors are specifically trained in working with trauma. We have male and female counsellors.
Counselling appointments take place once a week for one hour. However, less frequent counselling is also available if necessary.
We provide in-person counselling, online counselling and telephone counselling.
Counselling is a one-to-one relationship which provides the support and encouragement necessary to allow someone talk about the experiences and events which have affected their lives and their way of being in the world. It is the role of the counsellor to offer a safe and confidential space to enable a person to get in touch with and express whatever thoughts and feelings that are necessary for them to move on in their lives.
SRCC’s head office is located on Kempten Parade in Sligo Town. We have outreach locations in Manorhamilton (Health Centre). Carrick-on-Shannon (The River Rooms), Killeshandra (Focus FRC) and Cavan Town (Teach Oscail FRC).
We provide in person, telephone and video counselling for survivors, counselling for family and friends, information and advice, advocacy, survivors’ groups and training.
All our services are provided free of charge. However, clients are welcome to make a donation if they choose to.
Sexual violence is any sexual act that is forced against someone’s will. Sexual violence occurs if you are forced to participate in a sexual act without your consent. It may include rape or other types of sexual assault. The force involved may take the form of threats, coercion or physical violence. Sexual assault is an act of violence. It is an invasion of physical and personal integrity.
You do not need to have attended SATU to use our service. You can find out more about SATU here
You do not need to report what happened to you to the Gardai to use our service. However, if you would like support while making your report or statement and attending the garda station, we offer an accompaniment service.
All counsellors are mandated persons – find out mroe here. However, any report made to Tusla is done with the full knowledge of the client.
You can access support with SRCC if you are attending another service e.g., mental health services, family support service.
Yes. If you feel you would benefit from further counselling or support please contact us on 1800 750 780.