Male Service Users
ISAS is one of the only specialist services which provide counselling and group work for both male and female survivors of sexual abuse, assault and rape. We also offer telephone, email and text support for anyone who is struggling to engage initially and find that this medium is helpful for a lot of our clients. We offer gender specific counsellors and provide all of our counsellors with in-depth specialist training to ensure we provide a quality service to our client group.
Up until a few years ago it was frowned upon if you accessed counselling and was also looked upon as a sign of weakness. Thankfully there are a lot of changes as generally people begin to realise the benefit of engaging in counselling.
We are also aware that some clients will struggle with certain counsellors, we therefore offer a choice of male or female counsellors. There also may be other aspects of a person that can be a problem for our clients and so we ask for that feedback and offer alternatives.
At the assessment appointment we will provide you with information about all our services that we provide at the moment including a support telephone, text or email service whilst on our waiting list. We also discuss with you the amount of sessions that best suits your needs which will be either 12, 24 or 36 sessions. These sessions will be with the same counsellor at the same venue, time and day on a weekly basis. If you are having difficulty with your sessions then we invite you to let someone in the ISAS office know if you are unable to address this with your counsellor.
Our counsellors will ensure that they are there for you at the specified time and day however if you are not able to attend the appointment we ask that you let us know with as much notice as possible, preferably 24 hours, as some of our counsellors travel a considerable distance. If you do not let us know and you do not attend then we will not offer you another appointment without there being further contact from you.