Counselling for Sexual Assault
Your Journey to Hope and Healing
Saffron Centre provides specialized counselling services for anyone who has experienced recent or historic sexual violence. This includes sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and exploitation. We have a wide variety of programs available from individual counselling to group sessions; our goal is to meet you where you are and provide you with tools to support you as you heal.
Everyone’s healing journey is unique. Contact us today and we will help you identify which of our programs will best support you.
Saffron Centre’s Approach to Counselling
You are not alone. We believe you. We are here to listen and support you on your unique healing journey.
Counselling is provided by professionals trained in specialized services for sexual violence; our team members work from a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, person-centered, and attachment-informed lens to ensure you feel safe and respected during your time with us. Our therapists draw from several evidenced based therapeutic approaches to support you.
Contact us today and we will help you identify which of our programs will best support you.
Cost for Counselling
Saffron Centre is committed to providing accessible and affordable counselling services. Our counselling program operates on a sliding fee structure based on household income. We understand the importance of making our services available to everyone to heal from sexual violence, which is why we offer discounted rates to ensure the affordability of our programming. Our dedicated client care team is here to work with you, ensuring that you can benefit from our counselling program regardless of your financial circumstances.
WIth Any Questions You May Have
Our adult counselling services are meant for anyone 18 years of age and older, who has experienced sexual violence, historical or recent. Whether the trauma experienced happened when you were an adult or a child, we have several counselling programs to meet your needs. Some focus on providing psychoeducation and helping you develop effective coping strategies while others aim to support you to safely heal from the traumatic experiences.
Our therapy programs are offered in-person, by video or phone, with individual or group options.
Child and Youth Counselling
Counselling for children and youth is provided by professionals who can offer specialized therapeutic supports for this age group. This program is meant for minors aged 4 to 17 and requires the consent of all legal guardians of the child. In some situations, an older teen may request to be assessed as a “mature minor”, which allows them to consent to their own therapy. Child and youth counselling is offered at a sliding scale, for up to 20 sessions (Seeds of Healing Program) to work on their counselling goals as needed.
Sessions for child and youth counselling can be accessed in-person, or virtually (video or phone) when appropriate. If you are a support person for a child who is accessing counselling (such as caregivers, parents, guardians) we are able to offer you counselling as well.
Support Person Counselling
Support person counselling is provided by professionals trained in specialized services for sexual violence. We understand that sexual violence impacts more than just survivors, and that as a parent/guardian, spouse, partner, friend, or caregiver of someone who has experienced sexual violence, you may benefit from accessing counselling as well.
These individual sessions will provide the support person with a better understanding of how to support a loved one who has disclosed sexual violence and the emotional regulation tools to support themselves. Clients may access up to five sessions (on a sliding scale) of support person counselling. When we have enough participants interested, we also offer a version of our Foundations of Healing group program specifically for adult supporters that provides more information on how to support a loved one.
Specialized Police and Court Support Counselling
Preparing to provide a statement to police or testify in court can be emotionally challenging. We offer short-term, individual, solution-focused sessions to support those dealing with these situations. Our goal is to help find the unique strategies that best fit each individual for the situation they are facing. Your counsellor will help identify the fears or emotional triggers in order to develop specific coping strategies for remaining as calm and grounded as possible.
This service is offered free of charge.
Play therapy at Saffron Centre focuses on supporting children between the ages of four and twelve who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. Supporting the expression of feelings and experiences through a natural healing process, these sessions are provided one on one with our therapists in our play therapy room.
Saffron Centre offers a variety of group counselling options that can be accessed before, at the same time as, after receiving individual counselling, or on its own.
There are many potential benefits to group therapy. Participating in a group helps build connection, reduces feelings of isolation and being the only one that feels a certain way, and can provide an opportunity to speak in a safe space and feel heard. In addition, being a part of a diverse group will open up possibilities to hear new and creative solutions, to be supportive to others, and to help shift away from “stuck”, negative ways of thinking.
Saffron Centre has a Facility Support Dog that our clients may have an opportunity to work with for counselling. Her name is Yukon! Animal-assisted therapy is a guided interaction between a trained animal and a person that can help people ground themselves and cope with difficult situations. Most people find relaxation and stress relief around animals, so animal-assisted therapy can be incredibly effective. Animal-assisted therapy may be available during individual counselling sessions.
FAQs for Counselling
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