We are pleased to announce that on 4 March 2024 the Minister of Health confirmed a 12 month extension to our adult sexual abuse counselling service until 31 March 2025. Whilst we work with the Department on what this new service offering will look like, please continue to use our referral form here and our team will be in touch.

We are pleased to announce that on 4 March 2024 the Minister of Health confirmed a 12 month extension to our adult sexual abuse counselling service until 31 March 2025. Whilst we work with the Department on what this new service offering will look like, please continue to use our referral form here and our team will be in touch.

Paid Counselling for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

We offer paid counselling for adults impacted by sexual abuse in adulthood or childhood.

Paid Counselling

Paid Counselling for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

We offer paid counselling for adults impacted by sexual abuse in adulthood or childhood.

Paid Counselling

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Paid Adult Counselling for Sexual Abuse in Northern Ireland

At Nexus we provide specialist, trauma-informed counselling. This means all of our counsellors have specialist training in sexual violence and the impact of trauma. This type of counselling can be more effective if you’ve experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, or another type of sexual violence. Due to no public funding, we must now charge for this service.

Counselling is sometimes called therapy, though there are also different types of therapy available. Counselling gives you a safe, confidential space to talk about your feelings and concerns. Your counsellor will help you explore how you might have been affected by your experiences. They can help you understand and deal with upsetting feelings, issues, and problems. 

Counselling for Adults Impacted by Sexual Abuse

Here at Nexus, we have a team of specialist counsellors and therapists offering talking and creative therapy dedicated to helping people who have experienced sexual abuse, rape, or sexual violence at any time in their lives. We also offer specialist support such as psychosexual counselling and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.  Our counselling support will give you the opportunity to speak with a trained professional for up to 6 sessions, which can be face-to-face at one of our regional hubs, via telephone, or by virtual video call.

Just as you are an individual, all of our counsellors are too. They draw from different therapeutic theories and specialisms and offer a range of approaches and interventions to meet your needs. We do our best to match our clients with counsellors most suited to their needs, depending on availability and location.

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.

Why is there now a charge for Nexus Counselling Services?

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 find more information below and click through via the buttons to make a referral.

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.

Fees for Counselling Services

Nexus is currently offering paid counselling for people affected by sexual abuse and abusive relationships. The current price is £45 for a 50 minute standard counselling session. We currently offer counselling in blocks of 6 sessions, so the total cost for a course of counselling will be £270.

To further strengthen Nexus counselling, we also offer sessions with our fantastic clinical placements, who are counsellors in their last year of education. For these counsellors we have discounted the price to £25 per 45 minute session, meaning your total cost for a course of counselling will be £150.

Lastly, some of our counsellors are specialists in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy. Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts, and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory and is intended to change the way the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing, and eliminating the problematic symptoms. The cost per session for this specialist therapy is £70 per session and sessions last 90 minutes.

About Nexus Counsellors

Our counsellors and psychotherapists have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy qualification or are working towards their final qualification (student counsellors).  All undertake additional training in working with people impacted by sexual abuse.  They are members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or NCPS (National Counselling and Psychotherapy society and work in accordance with their codes of ethics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find a series of frequently asked questions about counselling at Nexus. If you have any further queries regarding the counselling process, please feel free to contact us.

What can counselling do for me?

Trauma-informed counselling aims to help you feel better and more in control, and to heal from trauma. 

But experiencing sexual violence can affect you in lots of different ways. So, your counsellor will work with you to understand what you want to get out of counselling. 

For example, this could include: 

  • Understanding your feelings. 
  • Coping with strong or upsetting feelings. 
  • Dealing with or reducing the number of flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts. 
  • Reducing shame and self-blame and improving your self-esteem. 

Your counsellor will always be guided by you, and you can take it at your pace. 

Will counselling make me feel worse?

Lots of people are nervous about starting counselling. Or you might feel like if you start to talk about painful memories, you won’t be able to cope. 

Your Nexus counsellor will never force you to talk about anything you’re not ready to. All counsellors are trained to make sure you stay safe during the session and can cope afterwards. 

When you work with a counsellor who is right for you, you should feel understood and supported. You’ll be encouraged to express your feelings in safe and appropriate ways. 

At the same time, counselling is not always easy or comfortable. It will involve remembering and feeling memories and emotions that can be painful and difficult. This is a usual part of the counselling process, and it will get easier. 

But, if you are not ready for counselling, we might suggest a different support that might work better for you at this time. 

If you do start counselling, you and your counsellor will review whether you feel the counselling is meeting your needs on a regular basis. 

How long do sessions last?

Sessions will last for 50 minutes for talking therapy and 90 minutes for EMDR therapy. 

Who has access to my counselling records?

Your information and notes are recorded on a secure database that your counsellor has access to. You can read more about our confidentiality procedures here.

I work full time, do you offer evening or weekend appointments?

We offer evening appointments Monday to Wednesday (last appointment time 7pm) but no weekends currently. We will work with you to establish your preference for times of counselling appointments and match you with the most appropriate counsellor available to meet your needs. You are able to specify your availability on referral to Nexus. 

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