Counselling

Counselling offers a safe and confidential place to talk.

Counselling

Counselling offers a safe and confidential place to talk.

Counselling at Nexus

Please note as of 1st March 2024 we can no longer take referrals to the free of charge adult counselling service as funding from the Department of Health is due to end on 31st March and we have been instructed to cease referrals and wind down the service.

We appreciate this is concerning and upsetting news and we are working with the Department and elected representatives to find a solution so that people impacted by sexual abuse can receive access to a free specialist service.

While the option of paying for counselling is one that, we know, many people will be unable to avail of due to affordability, we have made the difficult decision to make this option available until a free of charge service is re-instated. This will help ensure some level of accessibility and that specialist expertise and skills can be retained.  If you would like to refer to this service, please click here for more information (note this service is not free of charge).

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which you can access here. This page will be updated as and when we receive new queries and answers, or when any answers change.

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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 uncomfortable.

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 impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships.

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 impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships at any time in their life. We provide support to anyone impacted by sexual abuse from age 8 and upwards and also provide support services to adults who are age 18+, identify as male, and who have been impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships (domestic abuse) as an adult or child. Anyone else impacted by abusive relationships/domestic abuse can access support via the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline on 0808 802 1414 or via dsahelpline.org.

We are pleased to inform that as of Thursday 1st February 2024 we have resumed our referrals from children aged 8+ as counsellor capacity has now increased and we are working hard to triage and prioritise referrals to the most appropriate supports available. Unfortunately referrals from children under this age are still unavailable until appropriate funding becomes available for this age group. Please note a waiting list will be in place as we work through the children who were already waiting.

At Nexus, details of your counselling sessions are confidential. We will keep your information safe and only release information that will identity you in certain circumstances. Learn more here.

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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.

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 6 weeks (previously 12 under the funded contract with the Department of Health, for which we had to stop taking referrals from 1st March 2024) for 50 minutes per counselling session.

Counselling will be reviewed at regular intervals so you can discuss how you’re progressing.

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 6 weeks (previously 12 under the funded contract with the Department of Health, for which we had to stop taking referrals from 1st March 2024) 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. We also offer counselling virtually via phone call or video call.

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.

Do I have to pay?

As of 1st March 2024 we can no longer take referrals to the free of charge adult counselling service as funding from the Department of Health is due to end on 31st March and we have been instructed to cease referrals and wind down the service.

We appreciate this is concerning and upsetting news and we are working with the Department and elected representatives to find a solution so that people impacted by sexual abuse can receive access to a free specialist service.

 

While the option of paying for counselling is one that, we know, many people will be unable to avail of due to affordability, we have made the difficult decision to make this option available until a free of charge service is re-instated. This will help ensure some level of accessibility and that specialist expertise and skills can be retained.  If you would like to refer to this service, please click here for more information (note this service is not free of charge).

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which you can access here. This page will be updated as and when we receive new queries and answers, or when any answers change.

Do I have to pay?

As of 1st March 2024 we can no longer take referrals to the free of charge adult counselling service as funding from the Department of Health is due to end on 31st March and we have been instructed to cease referrals and wind down the service.

We appreciate this is concerning and upsetting news and we are working with the Department and elected representatives to find a solution so that people impacted by sexual abuse can receive access to a free specialist service.

While the option of paying for counselling is one that, we know, many people will be unable to avail of due to affordability, we have made the difficult decision to make this option available until a free of charge service is re-instated. This will help ensure some level of accessibility and that specialist expertise and skills can be retained.  If you would like to refer to this service, please click here for more information (note this service is not free of charge).

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which you can access here. This page will be updated as and when we receive new queries and answers, or when any answers change.

 

Guides to Nexus Services

 

Here at Nexus, we have a variety of services that you and your family can use to support your counselling journey. Contact us at 028 9032 6803 or info@nexusni.org for more information. Support calls and family support as detailed in the guides below will only remain open to those that we have committed to provide support to under the adult counselling contract we hold with the Department of Health, which will end on 31st March 2024 and for which we ceased taking referrals from 29th February 2024.

 

Guide to Family Support Services

Your family can receive four counselling sessions that are separate from your personal counselling sessions.

Find out more about this in our guide below.

Guide to Support Calls

If you’re struggling whilst on the waiting list for counselling, we can offer you support.

Read our guide below to find out more.

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