Please note: We apologise as we are not able to take referrals for our counselling waiting lists until further notice. This does not apply to clients who have visited the Elms over the past 12 months. We will update this section of the website as well as our Facebook page as soon as we are open for new referrals again.
If you have visited the Elms over the past 12 months, click on the button below to download our self-referral form.
We offer free face-to-face counselling for women and teenage girls who have experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any other form of sexual abuse or violence and who live in Cambridgeshire. Our counselling is available in Cambridge and Ely. Women can self-refer to our counselling service or we can accept referrals from other organisations and agencies. We can see women for up to 20 sessions.
It takes a lot of courage to come for counselling and it is not always easy to talk about your thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to talk about anything that you are not ready to talk about. Your counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do. She will help you to try to make sense of what has happened to you and explore the ways in which you may feel differently about yourself and your relationships. She will be alongside you on this part of your journey as you work out how to fit together all the pieces of your life.
Taking care of yourself
Counselling is not a magic wand and cannot make all the pain disappear. Sometimes you may feel good and positive and at other times you may feel upset and angry. It is important to take care of yourself, especially just before and after your appointments as you will probably be thinking about and speaking about some difficult memories and experiences.
Counselling can give you some time, space and peace where you can think, reflect and talk things through. Our hope is that this will help you on your way to regain a sense of control over your own life.