North & North West Sexual Assault Support Service TA Laurel House
Counselling: Laurel House provide face-to-face counselling to adults and children affected by sexual assault in the North and North West of Tasmania. 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.
Education: Laurel house are committed to providing education, training and awareness about the issue of sexual assault.
We provide education to a range of groups and can provide tailored training programs to meet your needs.
Crisis Support: Our 24-hour crisis service can provide immediate support to individuals have been recently raped or sexually assaulted by calling 1800 MY SUPPORT (1800 697 877).
The crisis response staff can provide support in a number of ways, including:
Attending the hospital with the survivor should they wish to undergo forensic or medical examination
Attending the police station with the survivor should they wish to make a formal police statement
Informing survivors of their rights and options in relation to police and medical services
Assisting survivors to connect with the Laurel House day counselling service should they wish to undertake ongoing counselling