One-to-One Counselling

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling for adult survivors of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and childhood sexual abuse.

Welcome to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

We also offer a limited crisis counselling service for 16 – 18 year olds who have parental/guardian consent.

Counselling is provided in our Centre in Leeson Street and in our Outreach centre in Coolock by a team of professional counsellors and psychotherapists. Sessions last for one hour and are usually offered fortnightly. A client will always see the same therapist for the duration of their time in the Centre.

All counselling is confidential.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre offers three types of one to one counselling:

Crisis Counselling

Crisis counselling is offered to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment within the past six months.

Crisis appointments are usually offered within a week of the person making contact with the Centre.

We also offer a limited crisis service for 16-18 year olds.

The first five sessions are free of charge and may be offered weekly if required. After this the therapist and client will review and where there is agreement more long term counselling is available.

You can contact our counselling department on our National Helpline 1800 77 8888 or email counselling@rcc.ie.

Long Term Councelling

Long term counselling is offered to women and men who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment more than one year ago and to those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Clients who require long term counselling may have to wait a little longer to see a therapist but it is the aim of the Centre that no one will have to wait any longer than is absolutely necessary. All clients on the waiting list are invited to keep in touch with the Centre for support.

The initial appointment is what we call an assessment appointment. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that the client will benefit from attending the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre at this time. This assessment is a two way process and enables clients to find out for themselves about counselling and decide its what they need.

The duration of long term counselling depends on the needs of the individual client and the progress of the work involved is reviewed on a regular basis by therapist and client.

Clients in long term counselling are invited to make a contribution to the Centre for each session depending on their financial resources. The ethos of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is that counselling should be available to all and no client who cannot afford to contribute will ever be turned away.

You can contact our counselling department on 66 14 911 or email counselling@rcc.ie.

Support for Family and Friends

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre provides a limited counselling service for families, friends and those wishing to support clients who are attending the Centre.

With the client’s permission a person who wants to find out about the effects of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse and how best to help can have up to three support sessions in the Centre.

These sessions are always provided by a therapist other than the one the client is attending and can also be useful in offering support to the family member or friend themselves.

You can contact our counselling department on our National Helpline 1800 77 8888 or email counselling@rcc.ie.