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Our counsellors will deliver a planned programme of one to one counselling sessions that will help you understand more about your own situation, how and why this is impacting on your life and give you the tools to be better able to cope.

Axis can also signpost you to other appropriate agencies that can help you with a range of other aspects that may also be affecting you.

Taking that first step towards recovery takes courage and Axis is here to support you in that process.

We take referrals from all sources including self-referrals, and aim to offer an Initial assessment within 2 weeks.

Initial Assessment

The Initial Assessment helps us to establish what your needs are and what kind of counselling may be appropriate for you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. It’s helpful to be aware that the Assessment is not a counselling session, and we will not be discussing the past trauma in any detail.

If we feel that Axis is the right service for you we will put you on our waiting list, however if we feel that Axis is not the right service for you we will discuss this with you and will signpost/referrer you to a more appropriate service.

We offer a range of support therapies including:

  • Brief therapies focus on: developing safety; increasing stabilisation; and building skills and knowledge rather than focusing on the trauma itself.
  • Pre-Trial Counselling is offered to people who have reported a sexual assault to the police. Our aim is to support you in developing coping strategies, building self-esteem and confidence while the investigation and court processes are ongoing.
  • LINK Counselling is a specialist counselling service for family members, parents, carers, partners and loved ones. Our aim is to help you understand the possible effect of the sexual assault on the survivor, but also to support you with any difficult feelings that you may be experiencing.
  • Crisis Counselling is a fast track service that is offered in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault for clients who have attended and been referred by The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (S.A.R.C.) at The Glade.
  • Stabilisation Counselling focuses on helping people to develop the skills, knowledge and resources that increase safety and build confidence.
  • Axis Trauma Therapy – Axis offers a   pre-planned trauma counselling programme, aimed at helping you to overcome the effects of your past trauma, and to understand how this  may be affecting  your thoughts, feelings and behaviours today; allowing you to take control of your life.

We work with you on a one to one basis, understanding the importance of taking time to build a trusting therapeutic relationship, and helping you to develop coping strategies so that you can engage in the counselling process safely.

We have male and female counsellors to enable a choice about the gender of your therapist.

Training and Qualifications

All Axis counsellors are qualified and hold a professional qualification in counselling.

Axis counsellors are specifically trained to work with sexual trauma via induction training and as part of our continued professional development programme (CPD).

As well as specialising in working with sexual trauma,  we also have  counsellors who are specifically trained to work with:

  • Children & Young people
  • Males
  • People with Learning Disabilities

All counsellors receive regular clinical supervision, and line management supervision and hold a DBS certificate.

Axis is an organisational member of BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice. BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

If you have any questions regarding Axis counsellors training and qualifications, please email info@axiscounselling.org.uk

We have offices in Shrewsbury and Telford where you will be in a safe and secure environment and you can take that first step.

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Funding and Supporters

Axis is Funded by a number of different organisations and private donations

Membership and Quality

Axis is membership of, or accredited by, a number of organisations

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