Counselling at the GRCC
What is Counselling/Therapy?
The biggest part of our service is the provision of counselling and therapy for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The traumatic experience of sexual abuse, sexual harrassment and rape is borne by many in our community in silence. Through counselling and therapy, GRCC offers social support to survivors and helps them to examine their feelings around the abuse they have experienced how they are coping with their present lives.
Coming for counselling/therapy can mean coming for only one session, it can mean meeting with a counsellor a couple of times, or it can mean coming to the centre once a week for a longer period of time. It is up to you to decide what kind of a service you want.
The counselling/therapy service provides support for survivors, as well as a space to be listened to and an opportunity to examine feelings in relation to the traumatic experience of rape and sexual assault. We place a very high emphasis on confidentiality for all our counselling and therapy services.
Counselling/therapy is sharing with someone. It is about being listened to by your counsellor or therapist and about being heard and accepted. It is about you saying just as much as you feel is okay for you to say about your story. We regard confidentiality very highly. On your first visit you will be given a leaflet explaining your rights as a service user including some rare limitations of confidentiality.
Your counsellor/therapist is not there to judge you or tell you what she thinks you should do. You are the expert on your life and what is right for you. Your counsellor is there to listen, believe and support you and to respect the choices you make. Your counsellor/therapist will be able to offer you information about some medical and legal issues as well as about reporting what happened to you to the gardai. Your counsellor/therapist will be able to help you to explore the choices you have, however, whatever decisions you make is completely up to you.
Coming for counselling or therapy means creating a time for yourself. During this time, you can get to know yourself better. Buried emotions can surface, can be felt in a safe setting, and can be expressed.
Counselling and therapy also help you to address some core beliefs might stop you from living your life to your full potential, for example ‘I am bad.’ or ‘I don’t deserve a good life.’ Issues like these will be discussed when you bring them to the counselling, or when they emerge in the relationship with your counsellor/therapist.
In short, counselling and therapy are two way processes in which you and the counsellor work together. By helping you to access your own strengths, resources and potential, counselling/therapy aims to enable you to find solutions and develop your capacity to make decisions and choices so that you feel more in control of your life.
If you are interested in trying therapy/counselling, call the helpline at 1800 355 355
Training of Counsellors/Therapists
All our therapists/counsellors are fully trained psychotherapists with additional specialist training in the area of sexual violence. The GRCC is an IACP accredited organization, and the Centre as an organisation, and individual counsellors/therapists, are committed to continuous professional development (CPD). As a part of this, several of our counsellors engaged in a training run by Inclusion Ireland which focused on increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of our resources for those with intellectual disabilities.
Since January 2009 GRCC is asking clients for a voluntary donation of up to 10 Euros per session of counselling or therapy.