We offer a safe and confidential environment for you to explore loss, grief, anger and the emotional impact that sexual trauma has had on your life.

Sexual trauma issues can affect family members too. Finding out that a family member has experienced sexual trauma can have a devastating effect. We offer to see any family member or partner over 13 years of age, from East or North Ayrshire, who feels they need to speak to someone. These sessions are free of charge and are limited to 4 appointments.

Counselling

Counsellors and Psychotherapists play a crucial role in improving the health and wellbeing of our society. They help people to talk about their feelings, think about their choices or their behaviour, and make positive changes in their lives.

Counselling provides a safe, impartial and confidential space in which to explore feelings. It enables the exploration of loss, grief, anger and the emotional impact that sexual trauma has had.

Your Psychotherapist will be the same person that you work with throughout your time at Break the Silence and appointments are usually offered on a fortnightly basis.

Counselling can be done at a pace that suits you. If you begin counselling support and feel it is too soon, or that you need to take a break, then we will understand. You can suspend support and come back to us when you feel ready to continue.

We maintain your confidentiality throughout unless there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others or where it involves a current Child Protection issue, where we are bound to follow local authority guidelines.

There are various therapeutic choices which we offer that can help and we will discuss these with you – see the list below.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - C.B.T.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you manage problems by enabling you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT combines a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). It aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being.

Person-Centred Therapy

Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred counselling or client-centred counselling, is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously.

Pluralistic Practice

Pluralistic practice represents a flexible and responsive approach to therapeutic support that emphasises the strengths and resources of Clients and the Communities and relationships that sustain them. Key principles of pluralistic practice include a commitment to a process of dialogue and shared decision-making through which the knowledge and life experience of both client and therapist can be combined, and respect for the creative possibilities associated with open-ness to differences between individuals and across cultural traditions.

Integrative

Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer.

Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Re-processing - E.M.D.R.

If something traumatic has happened to you, the memory of your experience may come crashing back into your mind, forcing you to re-live the original event with the same intensity of feeling – like it is taking place in the present moment.These experiences that pop into your awareness may present themselves either through flashbacks or nightmares.

Un-processed memories and the accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings are stored in the brain in “raw” form, where they can be accessed each time we experience something that triggers a recollection of the original event. While it isn’t possible to erase these memories, the process of EMDR can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain, making them easier to manage and causing less distress.