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Victims Services maintains a list of counsellors currently available to provide counselling through their private practices, under the Approved Counselling Service. All counsellors are known as Approved Counsellors as they must provide professional services in line with agreed standards. These standards are outlined in the
Operating Guidelines for Approved Counsellors (PDF, 670 Kb)
To become an Approved Counsellor, the counsellor must meet a number of criteria, including a minimum of two years experience working with victims of crime as a registered practitioner. Practitioners maintain their status by demonstrating ongoing relevant professional development and commitment to working with victims.
To find the right counsellor for you, Approved Counsellors are required to provide Victims Services with information about specialist training and clinical experience they have in working with different client groups and types of crime. Victims Services takes practice specialities into account when advising clients about counsellors and when requested to allocate counsellors on behalf of clients.
If you have any special requirements, for example you have certain access requirements or counselling is required for a child, or young person you can
contact us to discuss your requirements further.