Service users have an absolute right:
- To be listened to
- To express themselves in a safe environment
- To be believed
- Not to be abused in any way (including physically, verbally and sexually)
- Not to be criticised
- To be provided with information about services on offer
- To a free service
- To a service which does not discriminate on the grounds of identity, race or ability
Where you are now
You have taken the first step to your recovery and completed your assessment session.
The following information outlines our commitment to you and explains the service we offer in more depth.
If, at any time, you wish to ask further questions then please do not hesitate to ask.
What is First Step
First Step is a service for male survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters. We provide a free, confidential service to survivors living in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to enable survivors to take the first step towards feeling less isolated through increased personal power to make choices. At the core of all First Step services is the principle that each individual has the right to respect, to be believed and to an environment that is safe.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a form of help that focuses on your needs. It offers you the opportunity to understand your thoughts and feelings. It is a place where you can talk to someone who is not involved in your life; someone who has no preference concerning your decisions. Counselling is not about telling you what to do or how to run your life, but it is about exploring your difficulties with another person. This might mean you talk about past and present relationships. You may begin to turn your thoughts and feelings into actions that help you come to terms with your experiences and make new choices.
Who is it for?
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. As a male survivor you may feel a sense of:
- low self esteem
- loss of childhood
- anger or helplessness
- fear of intimacy
- uncertainty around sex or sexuality
- poor body image.
Such thoughts and feelings are not unusual when moving towards recovery. Counselling may be something that you feel might be helpful for you to understand your thoughts and feelings. Our service may enable you to talk about your experiences in as little or as much detail as you want so that you may explore and discover ways of healing yourself.