What is counselling?

Counselling is a form of therapy, offering a safe and confidential space to talk about anything that may be confusing, painful or comfortable.

Counselling allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve how you feel about yourself.

At Nexus, counselling is a very personal process. All of our counsellors are qualified and will adapt their styles to meet your individual needs.

Just as all of our clients are individuals, all of our counsellors are too, they can use different theories and specialisms, but all are committed to helping those affected by sexual trauma.

Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful things or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long run.

At Nexus, counselling is available to anyone who has been affected by sexual trauma at any time in their life. We work adults and children from age 5 upwards.

What happens in counselling?

The counselling journey is different for each of our clients, but for everyone it starts with an initial assessment.

The initial assessment will be the first meeting with a Nexus counsellor. At this meeting the counsellor will talk to you about counselling and discuss your needs.

The counsellor will ask you questions about your life and your experiences and will help you decide if counselling is right for you at this time in your life.


The counselling journey

Once you have decided when and where you are able to attend counselling, you will most likely be added to a waiting list for our counselling services.

The waiting list depends on where you can go for counselling, when you can attend and the demand, we’re currently experiencing for counselling services.

Once you have started counselling, you will meet the same counsellor every week for up to 18 weeks for 50 minutes per counselling session.

Counselling will be reviewed at six-week intervals so you can discuss how you’re progressing.


Where can I receive counselling?

We offer counselling at our head office on Belfast’s Malone Road and at various outreach centres throughout Northern Ireland. Our waiting lists vary depending on the location.


Do I have to pay?

Counselling with Nexus is offered free to those who have been affected by sexual trauma.


Does counselling work?

The effectiveness of counselling has been well researched and evaluated.

Nexus prides itself on the results of evaluations that have been conducted both internally and externally. Our most recent annual report states 72.3% of clients have shown reliable improvement since counselling.

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