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SARC provides counselling from outreach centres throughout the Perth metropolitan area. Sometimes there is a short delay before you will be offered your first appointment. The delays are dependant on the demand in the individual centres but could be up to several weeks.
You will be prioritised if you are 16 years of age or younger or if you are very distressed and waiting for an appointment would not be in your best interests. When you contact SARC, the duty counsellor will ask you a number of questions and this will help us decide how soon you should be offered an appointment. It will also help us to determine whether your needs are best met by SARC or whether you should be seen at another service.
SARC provides up to 12-15 counselling sessions with a social worker or psychologist. If it is determined that you should be seen by a clinical psychologist, you could be offered up to 25 sessions.
Some people chose to see their counsellor for every session and some chose to finish the counselling after just a few sessions. Generally people continue with sessions until they feel they have resolved the issue which prompted them to seek counselling.
No. It is your right to choose what you do or do not want to talk about in counselling. You will not be pressured to reveal information you choose to keep to yourself. It is important that you give your counsellor feedback during sessions. If you are not comfortable talking about a particular topic, then you can tell your counsellor.
In counselling you can talk about the issues that are affecting your life. Your counsellor will encourage you to look at your strengths and work with you to identify better ways for dealing with issues that are concerning you. It is not always relevant to explore what has happened in your past.
No, you do not have to report to the police. This is a personal decision that only you can make.
Many people who attend counselling do not initially want to take legal action against the abuser, but sometimes they change their mind. The counsellor will support your decision whatever this may be.
No. Seeing a counsellor means that you have the courage and determination to address your problems. Everyone experiences problems from time to time and needs help to resolve them. Some may need to discuss their legal problems with a lawyer or address their dental problems through a visit to a dentist. Seeing a counsellor is no different.