What is counselling at Laurel House?

Counselling is a therapeutic conversation that aims to explore the effects of sexual assault providing a safe space for you to be heard.  Your counsellor will assist you to develop a plan which will outline the issues that you wish to work on to meet your goals. These goals will be reviewed by both yourself and your counsellor and may be added to or changed as you progress through your therapeutic journey.

There is no expectation that you will discuss the details of the sexual assault and abuse that you have experienced, it is your choice. The most important thing is that the counselling needs to be useful to you. If this is not the case, we strongly encourage you to let your counsellor know. We are here to help.

Our counsellors use a range of trauma informed practices and techniques and tailor these to meet your needs.

Visit Blue Knot to find out more about what it means to be trauma informed –


Laurel House takes confidentiality very seriously. At your first session, your counsellor will explain in detail your rights to confidentiality, and the legal right of the service.

Confidentiality does have its limitations and counsellors are mandated to report:

  • harm to yourself or another person
  • child abuse or neglect

Your Information

Laurel House staff will ask you for your personal details. Notes will be kept throughout your counselling and you have the right to see them upon request. We are required to keep statistical information for our funding body, the Department of Health and Human Services, however no identifying information will be passed on, only numerical data.

You may request to have a copy of your file.


Laurel House clients and staff are entitled to a comfortable, safe environment that is free from any form of abuse or violence. Laurel House staff reserve the right to withdraw/refuse service to any individual at any time for any reason including, but not limited to:

  • Clients who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Clients who are known to be carrying weapons.
  • Clients who disclose that they are perpetrating against others

Wherever possible, Laurel House will work with you to refer to you another, more appropriate service.

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