Sexual Abuse Counselling in Leicester

Photo of Nova Toni Gullen - Second Chance Counselling, BACP, Counsellor
Second Chance Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE8
I offer a safe, welcoming environment for my clients to talk through any issues. I am an individual member of the BACP. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Counselling can be short or long term. I hold an up to date DBS and am fully insured. I am GDPR compliant. I have experience of working with issues around anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship difficulties, sexual/physical abuse, family difficulties and low self esteem and others. I have over 1500 counselling hours experience and have been volunteering/working at a sexual abuse crisis centre for 5 years
I offer a safe, welcoming environment for my clients to talk through any issues. I am an individual member of the BACP. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Counselling can be short or long term. I hold an up to date DBS and am fully insured. I am GDPR compliant. I have experience of working with issues around anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship difficulties, sexual/physical abuse, family difficulties and low self esteem and others. I have over 1500 counselling hours experience and have been volunteering/working at a sexual abuse crisis centre for 5 years
0116 464 9951 View 0116 464 9951
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Hayley Banks
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE8
My specialism is trauma, in particular that associated with child sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Hello and welcome, I'm Hayley and I'm a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I understand that making the decision to see a counsellor can be quite daunting, especially if this is new to you. Counselling provides a space for you to talk openly at your pace without judgement with someone who is dedicated to listening, providing empathy and compassion in a pocket of time that is just for you. Our counselling relationship, built on trust and openness, will give you the foundations to move forward in your life. I will encourage you to share your thoughts and emotions safely in order to explore solutions and empower you.
My specialism is trauma, in particular that associated with child sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Hello and welcome, I'm Hayley and I'm a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I understand that making the decision to see a counsellor can be quite daunting, especially if this is new to you. Counselling provides a space for you to talk openly at your pace without judgement with someone who is dedicated to listening, providing empathy and compassion in a pocket of time that is just for you. Our counselling relationship, built on trust and openness, will give you the foundations to move forward in your life. I will encourage you to share your thoughts and emotions safely in order to explore solutions and empower you.
01858 457169 View 01858 457169
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Its About Time Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE8
I have a wealth of knowledge & understanding of the impact sexual abuse can have on a person, and how difficult it is for a person to understand associated feelings and behaviours.
Life can deal us some tough cards at times creating thoughts of not knowing which way to turn or how to cope. This may generate all sorts of feelings and emotions, some that may feel alien to you which may create thoughts of not knowing what to do, or raise questions that you are unable to answer. I shall assist you in exploring areas of difficulties, ultimately allowing you to understand your own true self enabling you to live life more positively.
I have a wealth of knowledge & understanding of the impact sexual abuse can have on a person, and how difficult it is for a person to understand associated feelings and behaviours.
Life can deal us some tough cards at times creating thoughts of not knowing which way to turn or how to cope. This may generate all sorts of feelings and emotions, some that may feel alien to you which may create thoughts of not knowing what to do, or raise questions that you are unable to answer. I shall assist you in exploring areas of difficulties, ultimately allowing you to understand your own true self enabling you to live life more positively.
0116 478 2897 View 0116 478 2897
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@thecounsellingcoach
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE9
Hi I'm Vanessa. I'm an Integrative Counsellor this means I offer all modes of therapy, making it tailor made to you, and as individual as you are. I have 30 years of experience in the NHS, Public Sector, Charities and latterly private practice. I specialise in working with Grief, Autism, Learning disabilities, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety, Motivation, Confidence, Relationships, Self care strategies. I can help you understand and work with your thoughts and emotions, in mind and body. I work in a creative way often using a variety of tools to visualise where you are presently and develop some skills to move forward.
Hi I'm Vanessa. I'm an Integrative Counsellor this means I offer all modes of therapy, making it tailor made to you, and as individual as you are. I have 30 years of experience in the NHS, Public Sector, Charities and latterly private practice. I specialise in working with Grief, Autism, Learning disabilities, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety, Motivation, Confidence, Relationships, Self care strategies. I can help you understand and work with your thoughts and emotions, in mind and body. I work in a creative way often using a variety of tools to visualise where you are presently and develop some skills to move forward.
0116 478 6725 View 0116 478 6725
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Loui White
Psychotherapist, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE19  (Online Only)
Allowing you time & space to share your story whilst listening & showing you compassion & understanding is a crucial aspect of my work. I have frequently seen how, when they truly feel heard & accepted without condemnation or judgement, people start to feel less overwhelmed. I'll provide an emotionally safe, confidential, & supportive environment for you. I have specialised training & experience in sexual abuse & trauma. Women's issues, including fertility, infertility, pregnancy, ante/postnatal care, birth, peri/menopause, are of special interest to me, if you can relate to this, I would like to support you.
Allowing you time & space to share your story whilst listening & showing you compassion & understanding is a crucial aspect of my work. I have frequently seen how, when they truly feel heard & accepted without condemnation or judgement, people start to feel less overwhelmed. I'll provide an emotionally safe, confidential, & supportive environment for you. I have specialised training & experience in sexual abuse & trauma. Women's issues, including fertility, infertility, pregnancy, ante/postnatal care, birth, peri/menopause, are of special interest to me, if you can relate to this, I would like to support you.
01332 215078 View 01332 215078
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Zareeda Rashid
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Hello, I'm Zareeda and I work with people on issues ranging from rape and sexual abuse to stress, bereavement, anxiety and depression. If you are struggling to find meaning in life you may be feeling disconnected from yourself and/or those around you. This loss of contact with yourself, your needs, values and beliefs may decrease your trust in your ability to form and build meaningful relationships and achieve personal goals.
Hello, I'm Zareeda and I work with people on issues ranging from rape and sexual abuse to stress, bereavement, anxiety and depression. If you are struggling to find meaning in life you may be feeling disconnected from yourself and/or those around you. This loss of contact with yourself, your needs, values and beliefs may decrease your trust in your ability to form and build meaningful relationships and achieve personal goals.
0115 697 1567 View 0115 697 1567
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Louise Needham
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I have advanced training in supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse,bereavement and complex Trauma.
Deciding to come for counselling can be a hard decision to make however, it can be very beneficial in improving how you think and feel about the difficulty that you are experiencing enabling you to find a solution that best suits your needs. My aim is to offer a service that is unique to you by actively listening to your concerns in a safe environment that is genuine, understanding and accepting: I acknowledge that it takes courage to ask for this support. I have worked with a variety of different clients, all in different ways, where I endeavour to meet their needs just as I would endeavour to meet yours.
I have advanced training in supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse,bereavement and complex Trauma.
Deciding to come for counselling can be a hard decision to make however, it can be very beneficial in improving how you think and feel about the difficulty that you are experiencing enabling you to find a solution that best suits your needs. My aim is to offer a service that is unique to you by actively listening to your concerns in a safe environment that is genuine, understanding and accepting: I acknowledge that it takes courage to ask for this support. I have worked with a variety of different clients, all in different ways, where I endeavour to meet their needs just as I would endeavour to meet yours.
01530 447947 View 01530 447947
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Beacon Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Hello, thanks for viewing my profile, I hope i can help. I am a person-centred, psychotherapist, with experience in both the voluntary and private sectors. This includes running my own practice from home, as well as more than four years working for an organisation supporting male survivors of sexual abuse. I also carry out some work for an organisation that provides counselling for current and retired sports men and women.
Hello, thanks for viewing my profile, I hope i can help. I am a person-centred, psychotherapist, with experience in both the voluntary and private sectors. This includes running my own practice from home, as well as more than four years working for an organisation supporting male survivors of sexual abuse. I also carry out some work for an organisation that provides counselling for current and retired sports men and women.
01509 273788 View 01509 273788
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Nick Scully/Fortify Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE9
Not accepting new clients
I practiced at Mind for 3 years and for a local organisation with male survivors of sexual abuse for 6 years.
I am an accredited, registered and insured counsellor and psychotherapist and provide a warm, non judgemental and grounded presence, in a respectful and confidential space. As a humanistic and integrative therapist, I recognise your individuality in a holistic and positive sense, together with your potential for change. I also see how acknowledging pain or difficulties in the past allows repair in the present. With exploration and understanding, this can lead to greater personal and interpersonal awareness and functioning. Enabling this, I have strong belief in the trusting therapeutic relationship we can create.
I practiced at Mind for 3 years and for a local organisation with male survivors of sexual abuse for 6 years.
I am an accredited, registered and insured counsellor and psychotherapist and provide a warm, non judgemental and grounded presence, in a respectful and confidential space. As a humanistic and integrative therapist, I recognise your individuality in a holistic and positive sense, together with your potential for change. I also see how acknowledging pain or difficulties in the past allows repair in the present. With exploration and understanding, this can lead to greater personal and interpersonal awareness and functioning. Enabling this, I have strong belief in the trusting therapeutic relationship we can create.
07723 561790 View 07723 561790
Photo of Angela Jilks - 4 Walls Counselling, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
4 Walls Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leicester LE2
When you make the choice to look into counselling it can feel huge, I provide a warm and empathetic space and want to ensure we can work together successfully for whatever outcome you desire. I have experience working with clients who have endured significant trauma, sexual abuse, are neurodiverse (pre&post diagnosis), major loss, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & big life changes. I offer a warm and welcoming, non-judgemental environment to share your story/experiences at your own speed. There is no set way to work together, we work at your pace. Fast response to any queries.
When you make the choice to look into counselling it can feel huge, I provide a warm and empathetic space and want to ensure we can work together successfully for whatever outcome you desire. I have experience working with clients who have endured significant trauma, sexual abuse, are neurodiverse (pre&post diagnosis), major loss, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & big life changes. I offer a warm and welcoming, non-judgemental environment to share your story/experiences at your own speed. There is no set way to work together, we work at your pace. Fast response to any queries.
01455 241147 View 01455 241147
Photo of Denise Stowe - Denise Stowe - Infinite Hope, MBACP Accred, Counsellor
Denise Stowe - Infinite Hope
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE8
I am a multi awarding winning Person-Centred counselor that specialises in rape, sexual abuse DID, and complex trauma.
Are you somebody who has experienced trauma and is struggling with flashbacks, panic attacks and coming to terms with what has happened to you? Do you want to regain control in your life and develop coping strategies and techniques to help combat anxiety and or depression?
I am a multi awarding winning Person-Centred counselor that specialises in rape, sexual abuse DID, and complex trauma.
Are you somebody who has experienced trauma and is struggling with flashbacks, panic attacks and coming to terms with what has happened to you? Do you want to regain control in your life and develop coping strategies and techniques to help combat anxiety and or depression?
01455 560449 View 01455 560449
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Knighton counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
I have been in practice for 25 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past difficult experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I was the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinical lead of a cancer charity for 3 years .
I have been in practice for 25 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past difficult experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I was the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinical lead of a cancer charity for 3 years .
0116 478 2895 View 0116 478 2895
Photo of Clare Boulton - Clare Boulton -Counsellor / Clinical Supervisor, SNCPS Acc., Psychotherapist
Clare Boulton -Counsellor / Clinical Supervisor
Psychotherapist, SNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE9
Whilst working as a counsellor, supporting children, teens & adults, dealing with varying issues of bullying, confidence & self-esteem, self harm and eating disorders, phobias, relationship & family issues, cultural & religious issues, domestic violence, rape & sexual abuse, traumas, LGBT & body issues.
If you want to change a pattern in your life, want to think or feel differently about anything, confidential counselling may be right for you. I am offering you a comfortable and private space so that we can work together through any issues that you may bring to the session. Within this non-judgemental and confidential setting you have time to explore, reflect and understand your emotions, feelings and what is happening to you, wherever you are in your life right now. FREE Initial Consultation, daytime, evening and weekends appointments. Please feel free to get in touch for more information.
Whilst working as a counsellor, supporting children, teens & adults, dealing with varying issues of bullying, confidence & self-esteem, self harm and eating disorders, phobias, relationship & family issues, cultural & religious issues, domestic violence, rape & sexual abuse, traumas, LGBT & body issues.
If you want to change a pattern in your life, want to think or feel differently about anything, confidential counselling may be right for you. I am offering you a comfortable and private space so that we can work together through any issues that you may bring to the session. Within this non-judgemental and confidential setting you have time to explore, reflect and understand your emotions, feelings and what is happening to you, wherever you are in your life right now. FREE Initial Consultation, daytime, evening and weekends appointments. Please feel free to get in touch for more information.
0116 464 9964 View 0116 464 9964
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Spencer Bridge
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1  (Online Only)
And draw from a wide range of experience, working therapeutically with young people and adult client groups around loss, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, racial identity, and relationships.
Reaching out can be difficult. Maybe you feel stuck, anxious, unsettled, lost your way, or uncomfortable with whom you have become. The difficulties within our lives can change who we are or how we see the world. It can lead to thoughts or behaviours that take us away from who we are, resulting in a feeling of something not being right, struggling to cope or to make sense of things. When entering therapy, our life experiences enter too, and healing occurs within the processing. We will work together to build trust and explore your emotions and thoughts within a non-judgemental and safe environment, working at your own pace.
And draw from a wide range of experience, working therapeutically with young people and adult client groups around loss, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, racial identity, and relationships.
Reaching out can be difficult. Maybe you feel stuck, anxious, unsettled, lost your way, or uncomfortable with whom you have become. The difficulties within our lives can change who we are or how we see the world. It can lead to thoughts or behaviours that take us away from who we are, resulting in a feeling of something not being right, struggling to cope or to make sense of things. When entering therapy, our life experiences enter too, and healing occurs within the processing. We will work together to build trust and explore your emotions and thoughts within a non-judgemental and safe environment, working at your own pace.
01274 015347 View 01274 015347
Photo of Jay McCarthy, MA, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Jay McCarthy
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
Do you feel like you’ve been living life in hard mode for too long? I am here to support you in finding your way from struggling to thriving. I am an experienced counsellor specialising in supporting neurodivergent (inc. autism, ADHD, & BPD) and LGBTQ+ clients. Whether you are depressed, anxious, or feeling stuck, I am here to offer you a space to bring all of that, openly, without judgement. I take a person-centred approach, not seeing you as broken or in need of fixing, but rather offering you a space to make sense of things and feel wholly accepted just as you are. I have extensive experience supporting survivors of sexual abuse.
Do you feel like you’ve been living life in hard mode for too long? I am here to support you in finding your way from struggling to thriving. I am an experienced counsellor specialising in supporting neurodivergent (inc. autism, ADHD, & BPD) and LGBTQ+ clients. Whether you are depressed, anxious, or feeling stuck, I am here to offer you a space to bring all of that, openly, without judgement. I take a person-centred approach, not seeing you as broken or in need of fixing, but rather offering you a space to make sense of things and feel wholly accepted just as you are. I have extensive experience supporting survivors of sexual abuse.
01926 895421 View 01926 895421
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Karen Arnell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7
I have over 35 years experience in school settings, as an educator and a counsellor, and I have volunteered in bereavement support for many years as well as having worked with male survivors of sexual abuse. I am a Person Centred therapist, so your needs and goals are placed at the heart of our work together. I have experience of working with teenagers and adults covering a wide range of topics and can support you with issues such anxiety, stress, loss, low mood, self- esteem and relationships. You will be accepted as you are, without judgment, and given a safe space where you will be listened to and heard.
I have over 35 years experience in school settings, as an educator and a counsellor, and I have volunteered in bereavement support for many years as well as having worked with male survivors of sexual abuse. I am a Person Centred therapist, so your needs and goals are placed at the heart of our work together. I have experience of working with teenagers and adults covering a wide range of topics and can support you with issues such anxiety, stress, loss, low mood, self- esteem and relationships. You will be accepted as you are, without judgment, and given a safe space where you will be listened to and heard.
01644 717388 View 01644 717388
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Alison Claire Holder
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE5
Hi, I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I Offer face to face and online sessions, I am based in Evington Leicester with easy access for parking. I have many years experience working with a range of different issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, self esteem, relationship issues. I have experience of working with children (age 5 up) teenagers and adults. I offer you a safe non judgemental place to explore your difficult thoughts and feelings, and work with you to create the changes you want to make.
Hi, I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I Offer face to face and online sessions, I am based in Evington Leicester with easy access for parking. I have many years experience working with a range of different issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, self esteem, relationship issues. I have experience of working with children (age 5 up) teenagers and adults. I offer you a safe non judgemental place to explore your difficult thoughts and feelings, and work with you to create the changes you want to make.
0116 216 4260 View 0116 216 4260
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Jasmine Patel
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE8  (Online Only)
I’m a Counselling Psychologist with a wide range of experience in a variety of healthcare settings such as the NHS, Charities & Private Hospitals. I have extensive experience working in both primary and secondary care settings including Secondary Schools, Universities, Drug & Alcohol Services, Trauma Services and in Forensic Settings. I have experience working with young people and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, personality disorder, drug addiction and relationship difficulties. I offer individual, group, family & couples therapy.
I’m a Counselling Psychologist with a wide range of experience in a variety of healthcare settings such as the NHS, Charities & Private Hospitals. I have extensive experience working in both primary and secondary care settings including Secondary Schools, Universities, Drug & Alcohol Services, Trauma Services and in Forensic Settings. I have experience working with young people and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, personality disorder, drug addiction and relationship difficulties. I offer individual, group, family & couples therapy.
0116 478 6732 View 0116 478 6732
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AGS Counselling Services Limited
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE8
I am experienced and compassionate and have been working as a therapist for nearly 20 years. I work to a high standard of professional ethics and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice according to their code of professional ethics and practice.
I am experienced and compassionate and have been working as a therapist for nearly 20 years. I work to a high standard of professional ethics and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice according to their code of professional ethics and practice.
0116 464 9801 View 0116 464 9801
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Louise Gamble
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE3
I am a qualified experienced counsellor, always had a passion in supporting people with mental health, sexual identify, trauma and attachment. i would like to share my knowledge, experiences and qualifications to help those to progress in life and offer support throughout any challenges they may face
I am a qualified experienced counsellor, always had a passion in supporting people with mental health, sexual identify, trauma and attachment. i would like to share my knowledge, experiences and qualifications to help those to progress in life and offer support throughout any challenges they may face
0116 216 3430 View 0116 216 3430
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Sexual Abuse Counsellors

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.