Counselling & therapy
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling and therapy for adult survivors of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and childhood sexual abuse.
You can read about our services during Level 5 COVID19 restrictions in our latest update.
The 24-Hour National Helpline 1800 77 8888 is available for anyone who needs support throughout the restrictions period.
Crisis Counselling and Psychotherapy
Crisis Counselling and therapy is provided in our Centre in Leeson Street, Dublin 2 and in our outreach centres in Coolock, Tallaght University Hospital and North County Dublin by our team of dedicated counsellors and psychotherapists.
Sessions are arranged by appointment through the National 24 Hour Helpline. Each session typically lasts one hour with appointments arranged weekly or fortnightly as agreed.
Sign language and interpreting services can be arranged on request and accommodation will be made for those with mobility issues. Our service is primarily for adults but a limited crisis counselling service is available to 16 to 18-year-olds with parental consent.
Crisis counselling is offered to clients who have experienced recent sexual violence, that is, within the past six months.
Six counselling sessions are offered to crisis clients initially, and practical help is available to source appropriate support going forward. Clients in crisis will always be prioritised, with appointments offered within a two-week period or sooner when possible.
Long-term therapy for victims of past sexual violence, or childhood sexual abuse
Survivors of past sexual violence, that is, violence which happened outside of the last six months, or past childhood sexual abuse, also access services through the National 24-Hour Helpline. Unfortunately, due to huge demand for services, there is currently a waiting list for appointments.
Moving Forward from Sexual Violence
A new e-initiative called “Moving Forward” has been introduced by DRCC. This web-based programme helps survivors develop tools and insights to strengthen them as they begin their healing journey. Each participant is assigned a coach for the duration of the programme. You can read more about the programme on its page.
Group counselling and workshops are available periodically for existing clients of DRCC. More information can be found on our Group Counselling page.
You can also see our FAQs page for more information on our counselling services.