Providing FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counselling and Support to men, women and children who have been sexually abused recently or in the past.
Providing CONFIDENTIAL counselling and support for MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse at any point in their lives.
We continue to deliver our servies in the best way we possibly can. For the present time we will offer a blended approach which will include face to face, by telephone or digital platforms and counselling outdoors, adhering to Scottish Government Guidelines.
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We provide FREE and
CONFIDENTIAL counselling either face to face or over the telephone for men, women and children (aged 8+) who have been sexually abused or sexually exploited.
Our counselling service is provided on an outreach basis, in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment for you to speak with a counsellor about your experience and how it has affected you. It is up to you what you discuss and your counsellor will go at your pace.
We provide longer-term counselling if required where one to one counselling sessions last approximately 50 minutes to an hour. Appointments can be arranged during the day or evening. We have consulting rooms in various locations across Angus and can arrange to meet with you in your home town or if you prefer, in a different area from where you live. We can also arrange counselling over the telephone. It's really up to you!
You may also be interested in getting involved in a support group. We run these from time to time and they can have different themes, from confidence/self esteem building; sharing experiences; reading, music or art groups.
How to make an appointment
Telephone, email or text (see contact page). Your first appointment is intended to provide information which will help you decide whether to opt for counselling.
We aim to offer an appointment as soon as possible after you have contacted us; our aim is that this would be within 10 working days. You will be offered ongoing appointments as soon as possible thereafter.
However at busy times we may have to open a waiting list. If you are placed on the waiting list you will be contacted at regular times to let you know how things are progressing and to check that you still wish to see a counsellor.
Strict confidentiality is always maintained as it is an essential part of the counselling process. No personal information either verbal or written will be disclosed to anyone else outside without your written consent, unless you or someone is in danger.
All counsellors are required to have a supervisor who monitors the quality of their work. The process of counselling supervision is conducted in a way that ensures your confidentiality.
Equal Opportunities and Ethics
We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities in all our work. Our counsellors abide by the codes and practices of the professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland, COSCA or BACP.
Equality diversity and inclusion statement
Hear Me has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values and places all its policy development in the context of the objectives of:
Ensuring that all individuals who come into contact with the Hear Me, whether as service users, employees, volunteers or in other capacities, are treated with dignity and respect,
ensuring that the opportunities that Hear Me provides for learning, personal development and employment are made available on a non-discriminatory basis,
providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for service users, employees and volunteers.
Children and young people
We will listen to you and we know it takes courage to contact us
A Hear Me Counsellor is someone;
-who you can trust.
-who is genuine, open and friendly,
who won't judge you or put you down.
-who is not easily shocked.
-who is aware of the sorts of problems you might be worried about.
-who will let you take your time.
Sometimes it can help to chat with somebody outside of your family or friendship circle. Our counsellors are here to listen and support you to come up with ideas on what you could do next.
Is Hear Me confidential?
Yes. Hear Me is a confidential service. This means that whatever you say stays between you and Hear Me.
Confidentiality means not telling anyone else about what you’ve said.
However we would need to say or do something if:
-You ask us to.
-We believe your life or someone else’s life is in danger.
- You or someone else is exposed to a dangerous or abusive situation.
-You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust who has access to other childlren, like a teacher or police officer.
-You tell us that you are harming another person
What kinds of things can I talk about?
...whatever matters to you or worrying you. Here are some examples of things other children and young people have talked about;-
Finding it hard to sleep or having nightmares
Feeling uneasy, worried, sad or frightened
Wanting to hurt yourself
Feeling depressed or anxious
Getting into trouble at home or school
For Parents and carers
It is important that parents and carers understand a child or young person's right to privacy in a therapeutic setting. Confidentiality is crucial in creating a safe space for the child or young person.
If you are unsure of anything, please
just ask. Our counsellors and support
workers are here to help YOU as best
Call: 01307 850741
'Hear Me' here to LISTEN
If you do not know where to turn in an emergency or out of hours, you could consider contacting:
Your local doctor via NHS Inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/national-service-directory/gp-practices
NHS Direct on 08454 24 24 24 (open 24 hours)
Samaritans (24/7) on 116 123 (open 24 hours)
Childline 0800 1111 (open 24 hours)
Rape Crisis Scotland 08088 01 03 02 Daily 6pm -12 midnight)
Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (open 24 hours)
National Assoc for People Abused in Childhood 0808 801033
Future Pathways (In Care Surviors Support) 0808 164 2005
Or look at http://www.nhs.uk/ under 'Health A-Z''
If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support, contact:
Samaritans: 116 123
Local rate call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer.
If you are depressed or experiencing low mood, you can phone and speak to a Breathing Space advisor:
Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
Available 6pm - 2am week days,
Friday 6pm - 6am on Monday, at weekends.
Calls are free of charge.
If you are ill and feel it can't wait until your GP surgery re-opens you can call:
NHS 24: 08454 24 24 24
If you think you have an emergency situation or need an ambulance you should dial 999.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK to talk about any problem.
Call free on 0800 11 11
Open 24 hours a day every day of the year