Aylesbury Women’s Aid’s counselling service is free of charge and open to women who live in the Aylesbury Vale area and have experienced any form of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling behaviour from an intimate partner or ex-partner. This behaviour includes but is not limited to; physical assaults, sexual assaults, emotional and psychological abuse, isolation, economic abuse, threats, stalking and intimidation.
These can be very serious and have lasting effects on a person’s sense of self, well-being and autonomy. Violent, coercive and abusive behaviour is used in an effort to control the partner based on the perpetrator’s sense of entitlement.
Counselling offers you a safe and confidential space in which to explore your experiences of domestic abuse and your feelings about it. The counselling service aims to work with you to provide a supportive place where you can look at what may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable, at your pace and in a non-judgemental manner.
Counselling can help you come to terms with the experiences of domestic abuse and can help you to understand the feelings that can follow these experiences. Counselling can help you to talk through difficult feelings and support you in exploring the pain, which may persist or surface many years after you have left the abusive situation.
Through increased self knowledge and self acceptance, as well as understanding of others motives, comes the possibility of more freedom of choice. As well as more opportunities to make decisions which lead to a fulfilling life and a life that is your own, with you in complete charge and control.
The counsellor at Aylesbury Women's Aid is Joanne. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within the BACP’s ethical framework and guidelines.
Joanne works in an integrative way, meaning that a number of theories and skills are used to enhance your work together.
Prior to receiving counselling, you will have an initial assessment to assess your needs, and identify if the type of support available is suitable for you.
If appropriate, you will initially be offered eight 50-minute sessions, with the possibility for additional sessions (up to a maximum of 12 sessions) following a review with your counsellor. The sessions will take place weekly on a regular day and time and with the same counsellor.
Our services welcome all women, regardless of age, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs. Also, women with or without children.
Our service is confidential and personal details are not shared with anyone without your consent unless the information you give us concerns safeguarding or does not abide by current lawful legislation. Confidentiality and exceptions to this will be discussed in your first counselling session.
If you are not satisfied with the service you have received, you can ask for a copy of our Complaints and Comments Policy from the Head of Service on 01296 436827.
The counselling service is available Monday to Thursday.