You may decide that you are ready to speak to a professional therapist or counsellor to process your past experiences. Seeking this help is not a sign of weakness or a source of shame. Talking through your experiences may help to provide you with a sense of healing.
There are different types of counselling and having a good relationship with your individual counsellor is important. If you are not getting on well with them, it might be helpful to change counsellors or to seek a different therapeutic approach.
Getting therapy on the NHS through your GP is possible, but there are often long waiting lists as counselling services in the UK can take a long time to access. Specialist services are sometimes available for those that have suffered severe torture and trauma, but even if they are available in your area, there may be a long wait for an appointment.
If you are a survivor of torture, there are several organisations outside of the NHS that can provide you with health, medical support, treatment and support obtaining medical evidence of torture:
|Freedom from Torture||Holistic support to survivors of torture across the UK including medico-legal reports and psychological support||
020 7697 7777
|Helen Bamber Foundation||Supporting survivors of torture and trafficking who do not have status in the UK with legal support, therapy, medical advice, housing and welfare||
call 0203 058 2020 or
email [email protected]
|Forrest Medico-Legal Services||Provides medico-legal reports for survivors of torture and human rights abuses.||
|Room to Heal||Provides individual therapy as well as psychological support groups including gardening for people who have fled persecution||
|Refugee Therapy Centre||Counselling for refugee families, couples and individuals||
|Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile||Psychotherapy, group activities and casework available for young asylum seekers and refugees||
0207 263 1301