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Counselling sessions offer dedicated time for you to explore your feelings and talk openly about your situation in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.

Free, confidential, specialised service for Jewish women survivors of domestic abuse

‘After I realised what was happening to me I called Jewish Women’s Aid’s helpline, and a client support worker contacted me.  She understood what I’d been through, and was very supportive.  She put me in touch with a counsellor, who was outstanding.  Over the course of several months, she helped me to work through the abuse’.

JWA offers its clients free counselling with highly trained professional counsellors. Once you have been assessed by a member of our Client Support Team you can ask to have counselling face to face, London, Leeds or Manchester, or by telephone. The Counselling Co-ordinator will assess you and allocate you a counsellor who is right for you.

Counselling is provided in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

  • What is counselling?
  • Why have counselling?
  • How can we help?
  • Who are the counsellors?
  • How can you access the service?
  • What else do we offer?


What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy, based on regular weekly sessions with a counsellor, in a safe and confidential space.

The overall aim of our counselling is to provide you with the opportunity to work towards living in a way that is more satisfying and meaningful. It won’t give advice, or tell you what to do; instead it will give you the opportunity to explore your life in your own way.

It can help you to start discovering who you are again, allow you to regain your power to make choices, and enable you to start to take back the control that others may have tried to take from you.

It is time-out in the week to really work on yourself; it is your time, and it should be your decision to attend counselling.


Why have counselling?

You may choose to have counselling if you feel you are not coping and life is very difficult, because you want to make changes in your life, or you want to talk to someone who doesn’t know you and will not judge you. You may feel like you really need to talk things over in a safe place, to ‘get it all out’ so you can move forward with your life.


How can we help?

  • Weekly sessions with a counsellor in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. This can be face-to-face (in north London, Redbridge, Hertfordshire, Leeds or Manchester) or over the phone;
  • 16 weeks of Person-Centred counselling, which can be extended if you and your counsellor feel it is beneficial to do so;
  • Client-led support that will explore how you can discover yourself as an individual, regain your power and gain control of your life;
  • Support regardless of whether you choose to stay in or leave your relationship;
  • We work within a safeguarding framework, which means we do provide a confidential service to clients but will raise concerns with statutory authorities if we feel that you or a vulnerable adult or child is at imminent risk of harm. We will always discuss this with you first.


Who are the counsellors?

  • Our counsellors are fully-qualified, with a strong understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and its impact on women, and the issues facing Jewish women who have experienced domestic abuse.
  • All our counsellors work to a recognised professional code of conduct and ethics, provide a highly confidential service and receive regular supervision and training.


How can you access the service?

If you are already being supported by a JWA support worker, they can refer you to our counselling service. Alternatively you can book an appointment with one of our Client Support workers on 0208 445 8060.


If our service is suitable then we will place you on a waiting list. Please give clear details of when you are available, to help you access support as quickly as possible.


What else do we offer?

  • Group work

We offer group work where you can meet other women who have experienced domestic abuse, support each other and share information. We also run client-led groups which are focused on building resources and moving forwards. The groups are facilitated by qualified counsellors. They are free of charge and take place at JWA’s head office.

  • Body therapies

We have an holistic approach and offer a few complementary therapies that can help you reduce stress, address body issues and take time to care for yourself.

You can get more details of these from your Client Support worker or when you attend the Counselling assessment.