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ARCH Teesside provide free, confidential and specialist counselling one-to-one counselling to survivors of sexual violence, no matter how long ago it happened.

After experiencing rape or any form of sexual abuse, you may well be struggling to cope with your feelings and emotions. You may be experiencing confusion, stress, grief, isolation, fear and without the right support these feelings can sometimes escalate to self-blame, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, as well as low self-esteem, confidence and anxiety.

It can be difficult to turn to relatives or friends to open up about how you’re feeling. It might be that you’re worried they won’t understand. You may feel uncomfortable speaking with people who are emotionally involved. It’s at times like these that counselling can be helpful.

What is counselling?

Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore your feelings within a comfortable, and safe environment. Helping you to understand and manage your own feelings or emotions.

A Counsellor will meet with you on a regular basis, usually at the same time weekly, in order to discuss any emotional issues you might be having difficulty dealing with on your own.

You will not be judged or offered advice by the counsellor, but they will work with you to find ways of coping and help you to take control of your life again. Counselling always takes place in a safe, supportive environment and on a one-to-one basis.

Our counselling service is accredited and works to the ethics and standards set out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). All of our counsellors are specialists, trained to work with the impact of sexual violence and abuse. 

We also provide a women only space once a week.

Who is the ARCH counselling service for?

Our counselling service is free and confidential and is available to men and women over the age of 14, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any time in their life. This is a Middlesbrough based service but can be available to people from across the Teesside area. For more information please contact our referrals team on 01642 822335.

We now also offer trained play therapists for children and young people aged 13 years and under encouraging children to express, through non-directive play or artwork. Delivered on an outreach basis, this service is currently only available through our ISVA team.

Learn about our support for Children and Young People.

Pre-Trial Therapy

We provide specialist counselling support to anyone currently engaged in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). ARCH recognises that this can be a challenging time and works with a Pre-Trial Therapy protocol, ensuring counsellors work safely to support clients without influencing the criminal justice process or outcome of a case.

Online Counselling

We provide an online counselling service which can be accessed from home and opens up support for people who may not otherwise be able to engage with our counselling service. This service is delivered face-to-face through a secure video-chat platform. Like our regular counselling sessions, this will usually be arranged on a weekly basis. This specialist service is available over the age of 14 and is free, secure, accessible and confidential.  Learn more about ARCH online support.

How do I refer and what happens next?

ARCH provide a non-judgmental, confidential service and we try to make referring to us as easy as we can. You do not need a referral from a GP and can self-refer directly into our counselling service.

To self-refer, please read and complete a Self-Referral form.

If you are a professional/ organisation and want to refer a client for our counselling support, you can do so using our Professional Referral Form.

Once we have received your referral, somebody from our team will be in touch with you. Once contact has been made and an appointment is available for you, you will be offered an initial assessment. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your needs and goals. You will then be offered weekly appointments.

If you have any questions about or problems with the online forms, please contact our referrals team on 01642 822335, and we will do our best to help you.

Quality Standards

Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW) is the National Umbrella organisation for specialist rape crisis centres. The National Service Standards (NSS) are provide a quality assurance framework that enables services to demonstrate how their services are provided within professional frameworks that prioritise safety, governance, empowerment and continuous improvement.

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BACP Accreditation recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.

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