Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) goes often unnoticed and unreported. What further compounds this is the denial, silence, shame and stigma of this issue. As CSA is fundamentally an abuse of power, survivors can experience a severe shift in their individual sense of selves and psychological health, and sustain feelings of shame, guilt, and self-loathing, which can manifest into anxiety, chronic depression, PTSD, or eating disorders.

The first step towards healing is to reach out.

With online counselling, mental health professionals can provide a safe and trustworthy environment where survivors are treated with respect, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude, which promote resolution and transformation. These safe spaces are important for survivors as their past experiences with abuse is an attack on their sense of integrity and personhood.

What does a counsellor do ?

Counsellors or Psychotherapists are qualified individuals who listen and use several techniques and tools to help people overcome their mental and emotional problems. Their work usually includes listening, developing treatment plans, creating coping strategies that are uniquely designed to tackle the problem and helping you process your emotions and feelings.

What kind of problems can counselling help me with ?

Can I take up counselling even though I am not mentally ill ?

You do not have to be mentally ill to reach out to a counsellor. Neither do you have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to go for counselling. Seeking professional help for your problems is an important step towards improving the quality of your life and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Counselling is a powerful tool to overcome challenges and it is important to avoid letting the opinions of others create self-doubt and shame in your own life.

What is the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor ?

Sometimes, talking to a friend can be helpful. Counsellors often encourage clients to seek support from their family and friends. However there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support. Friends and family could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice. Counsellors’ training means they have formal support and a work structure which helps them to deal with upsetting and difficult situations; friends may begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.

What if I cannot afford counselling ?

The first session, usually known as the ‘Assessment Session’ is free of cost for all Rakshins. You can avail your free session by logging into your account and submitting a request for a counselling session. Subsequent sessions will be offered at a highly subsidized rate for all Rakshins.

What is an Assessment Session ?

The first session of any counselling is an assessment session which lasts for around an hour. During this time, an assessment counsellor will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps to make an initial assessment of your circumstance and the type of counselling best suited to your needs.

How long do I have to wait for an appointment ?

Our aim is assign you a counsellor and offer you your first appointment, known as an assessment session within 1-2 weeks of submission of your completed form. However, waiting times will vary according to availability of therapists, your own availability and the service you seek.

What if I specifically want a male or female counsellor ?

We are able to accommodate this preference, please remember to click on your preference while submitting the form.

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