Counselling is a talking therapy that gives people the opportunity to talk about their problems and the way in which these problems affect them. Counsellors are trained professionals who work with clients to help with any negative feelings and thoughts that they may have.
New Pathways provides specialist counselling and support to women and men who are affected by the trauma caused by Rape and Sexual Abuse. All of our Counsellors have a professional counselling qualification and they have also completed our specialist accredited course in counselling survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Counselling sessions are normally weekly for an hour each week. We try to make our counselling service as accessible as possible by offering appointments at a variety of times, including evenings and weekends at some of our venues. We also offer counselling via telephone and Skype for people who are unable to access face to face counselling. (For more information on this service click on the link to our Hear to Listen Project)
Our counselling service has proved to be highly effective and beneficial for our clients. Each client has individual needs and problems to overcome, however some of the common issues that we regularly help clients to address are:
- Low self-esteem
- Guilt & shame
- Anxiety & fear
- Self harm
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
“I used to have very low self esteem and most of the time I just wanted to die. My Counsellor at New Pathways really understood and helped me to see that what happened to me was not my fault and that I deserved to be happy and enjoy life. I am now a much more confident and happy person and my life is completely different.”
New Pathways Counselling Client
Group Therapy is a form of therapy in which one or more Counsellors work with a small group of clients who have had similar experiences. Like 1-2-1counselling, Group Therapy enables clients to address their personal issues. However, unlike 1-2-1 counselling, relationships with other group members assist clients in problem solving and gaining confidence and self esteem.
The role of the group is to provide support for each other from shared experiences. The Counsellors are also part of the group and their role is to encourage trust and acceptance between members, help to set the ground rules and ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
The benefits of Group Therapy include:
- The opportunity to learn from the experience of others and to see how they successfully coped with, and overcame similar problems.
- Relief in discovering that others have similar experiences, which can help to alleviate feelings of isolation and shame.
- The opportunity to help others by sharing how problems have been dealt with or overcome.
- Improving confidence
- Learning new behaviours from watching how others react to situations (for example how to express anger safely).
- A sense of belonging.
“It was really good to talk to someone who knows what I am going through. I felt like it was just me but now I don’t feel alone anymore.”
New Pathway’s Group Therapy client
For more information on how to refer yourself or someone else to 1-2-1 Counselling or our Group Therapy Service please contact our head office on 01685 379310 or download a referral form and return it by email to email@example.com or by post to our head office: Willow House, 11 Church Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 0BW.
The Outlook Project
Since 2002 the Outlook Project has been providing counselling and support for offenders and ex-offenders who have been affected by rape, sexual abuse or other trauma. Counsellors working on this project are qualified and very experienced in working with this client group.
Compared to the general population, we know that a significantly higher percentage of offenders and ex-offenders have been affected by rape and sexual abuse. Also there is often clear links between their trauma issues, which in many cases are caused by childhood sexual abuse, and their criminal behaviour. Despite this, many of the clients who are referred to this projected feel unsupported and stigmatised, particularly when they are first released from custody. Often offenders tell us that the cycle of negative thought and behaviour patterns start at this point of release, leading eventually to re-offending and further imprisonment.
The Outlook Project has Counsellors based in Prisons and also in various other agencies such as Probation Offices and Drug Rehabilitation Centres. Our aim is to help offenders and ex-offenders to address their trauma issues and to successfully reintegrate into society.
Since 2002 this project has worked with hundreds of clients who have reported the following benefits as a result of the service:
- To stop offending
- To stop using alcohol/drugs to cope
- To obtain work for the first time
- To have the courage to face their abuser in court
- To re-engage with their family
- To gain qualifications
- To offer help and support to others that have suffered similar experiences
“Without the help I got from New Pathways I would probably have spent the rest of my life in prison or ended up dead”
Former recidivist prisoner who now has his own home and has been working full time for more than 5 years
“The people I work with on a daily basis are, almost without exception, scarred by lives which have included physical, emotional and sexual harm. If resources were unlimited, I know that each and every one of my cases would benefit from working with your counsellors.”
Helen – South Wales Probation Officer
Hear to Listen Project
The Hear to Listen Project provides counselling and support either by telephone or online via Skype for people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse. This is an ideal service for people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access face to face counselling. All of our Counsellors have a professional counselling qualification and they have also completed our specialist accredited course in counselling survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
This service is an easy way for clients to access counselling wherever they are. Telephone counselling sessions are normally weekly with each session lasting 30-40 minutes. We have made this service as accessible as possible by offering appointments at a variety of times, including evenings and weekends. In addition clients can call us free from a BT landline on 0800 111 4626.
This new exciting service provides clients with an innovative way to access counselling without having to travel to one of our venues. By using Skype clients can hear and see one of our Counsellors, giving them the opportunity to communicate as is if they were in a face to face session. Skype counselling sessions are normally weekly with each sessions lasting 50-60 minutes. Again, we have made this service as accessible as possible by offering appointments at a variety of times, including evenings and weekends.
To use this service clients will need to have access to the internet, a webcam attached to their computer, or a laptop with built -in webcam. Worried about confidentiality? All Skype sessions are encrypted so there is no need to worry.
It is very easy and quick to set up a Skype account. Just visit the Skype website (www.skype.com) and follow the instructions to download and install the software.
“I was feeling really down and I was self harming quite a lot. I wanted to speak to a Counsellor but I didn’t want to have to explain to the other people in my house where I was going and what I was doing. Being able to get help without having to leave my room was just what I needed and I now feel much better.”
21 year old university living in student accommodation
For more information on how to refer yourself or someone else to the Outlook Project or the Hear to Listen Project please contact our head office on 01685 379310 or download a referral form and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to our head office: Willow House, 11 Church Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 0BW.