Cheshire SARC

St Mary's SARC: 0161 276 6515

RASASC: 0330 363 0063


Our Specialist Counselling service is accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and we follow its Ethical Framework to make sure that all of our counsellors work safely.


What is Counselling?

Counselling provides a space to help you gain an understanding of yourself and your situation.  Our specialist counselling aims to help you to find ways of coping with your experience of rape, sexual abuse, assault and/or violence – this includes incidents which have happened recently or a long time ago. We offer time limited therapy, which is usually up to ten sessions; sessions take place weekly or fortnightly and last for around 50 minutes. We offer a client centred approach to therapy, which means that counselling will aim to meet your individual needs.  We have a diverse team of experienced counsellors, who offer a range of therapeutic approaches.  For more information please download our ‘What to Expect from Counselling’ leaflet.


We offer pre-trial therapy, which follows specific guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Home Office and The Department of Health. For more information about pre-trial therapy, and why we need to follow these guidelines, please click the link on this page.


Our counsellors will never pressure you into talking about anything you do not wish to. You and your counsellor will review your needs and expectations on a regular basis to try to ensure that your rape, sexual abuse and/or assault counselling is as effective as possible.


The counselling service is confidential unless we think that there is a risk of significant harm, in which case we would discuss this with you in line with our Confidentiality Statement.  Your counsellor will talk to you about this with you during your first session.


How can I access counselling?

You can access counselling by telephoning our Information Line; you can also email us; or you can click the ‘Make a counselling Appointment’ link on this page.  Professionals wishing to refer to us can download our Referral Form for Professionals


You can contact our Information Line to get more information and advice on any of the issues talked about in this section.