How do I get counselling?
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.
What is an assessment?
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.
What is the waiting time?
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.
How long does counselling take?
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.
What are the counsellors like?
All our counsellors are specifically trained in working with trauma. We have male and female counsellors.
How often does counselling take place?
Counselling appointments take place once a week for one hour. However, less frequent counselling is also available if necessary.
What type of counselling do you offer
We provide in-person counselling, online counselling and telephone counselling.
What is 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.
Where is SRCC based?
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).
What services does SRCC provide?
We provide in person, telephone and video counselling for survivors, counselling for family and friends, information and advice, advocacy, survivors’ groups and training.
How much does it cost?
All our services are provided free of charge. However, clients are welcome to make a donation if they choose to.
What is sexual violence?
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.
Do I need to attend SATU (Sexual Assault Treatment Unit)?
You do not need to have attended SATU to use our service. You can find out more about SATU here
Do I need to report to the guards?
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.
Do I need to report to Tusla?
All counsellors are mandated persons – find out mroe here. However, any report made to Tusla is done with the full knowledge of the client.
I'm using another service – can I still access support?
You can access support with SRCC if you are attending another service e.g., mental health services, family support service.
I’ve been an SRCC client before. Can I come back?
Yes. If you feel you would benefit from further counselling or support please contact us on 1800 750 780.
How do I volunteer with SRCC?
If you are interested in volunteering with SRCC please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We have more information about the different ways in which you can volunteer here
How do I fundraise
If you are interested in fundraising for SRCC please contact us on email@example.com or call 071 9171188. You can find out more about fundraising here
How do I donate?
The easiest way to make a donation is via our website. If you would prefer to make a donation in another way, please contact our office on 071 9171188 or firstname.lastname@example.org