Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most.

What Support is available for Clients?

Our support includes;

  • One to one support
  • Outreach facilities
  • Couple support
  • Complementary therapies
  • Advocacy support
  • Justice/Reparation Guidance
  • Group Activities
  • Befriending Service
  • Volunteering

A more detailed explanation of each section is available in our Support Section. However, we know you may have some questions about our organisation and how we operate and therefore we have provided some general information below which might be useful.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, or have a question about our services or support, then please speak directly with your Counsellor. Alternatively, if you’ve not yet joined our service, you can contact us here to submit your enquiry to our Administration Team who will be delighted to assist you.

What Can A Client Expect from Break The Silence?
  • Professionalism
  • A caring, safe environment
  • Confidentiality
  • The opportunity to build a trusting relationship and mutual respect of each other as individuals
  • Fortnightly support sessions lasting approximately 1 hour
  • A review every 10 sessions
  • Open ended sessions
  • Time out if required
  • Other therapies as agreed with your Counsellor including EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, relaxation, reiki and hypnotherapy. For more details, please visit our Support Services section.
Who Can Break The Silence Support?

Break The Silence welcomes people of all genders without prejudice and supports equality and diversity. However, we are unable to support people who have a charge, conviction or have committed any sexual offence.

Break The Silence provide support for residents in East and North Ayrshire (aged 13+). In addition we can provide support for people who were abused/neglected as children while living in care in Scotland as we are the pan-Ayrshire provider in partnership with Future Pathways.

Rape and childhood sexual abuse issues can affect family members as well as the victim. Finding out that a family member has experienced rape or sexual abuse can have a devastating effect and they may experience overwhelming feelings of distress, anger and guilt. We offer to see any non-abusing family member or partner over 13 years of age who feels they need to speak to someone. These sessions are free and are limited to 4 appointments.

What Happens When A Client is Referred for Support?

Everyone’s therapeutic journey is unique, therefore the support that we provide has been created to be flexible so that support can be tailored to meet a Client’s needs and priorities.

All support is designed to assist Clients to work through trauma, move forward and improve social well-being and psychological health.

We aim to reduce the level of distress that a Client may have experienced, helping to process the trauma and make sense of what happened, be able to move forward, recover and flourish in life, reducing isolation and helping Clients to be able to integrate with the local community.

There is no cost to accessing our services. Funding is secured to cover the costs through local authority contracts, trusts and foundation grants/awards, fundraising activities and donations to the charity.

Our service is confidential and personal information is held securely and in accordance with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data protection regulations and clinical guidelines.

Clinical staff are professionally qualified Psychotherapists with either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Break The Silence are organisational members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and are bound by its Ethical Framework for good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

PVG/Disclosure verification is carried out for all Break The Silence Staff and Volunteers.

Break the Silence welcomes people of all genders without prejudice and supports equality and diversity.