Courses


Into the Light - Courses for men and women survivors London

Courses for men and women survivors

Our Into The Light Psycho-Education Course for Survivors has been running for over twenty five years and many people have said their life has been changed as a result. Psycho-Education may sound like a complicated word but it just means receiving information in a supportive and therapeutic setting.

Psycho-education has proved to be extremely effective in helping Survivors recover from the damage of abuse:

“Just five minutes of Psycho-education can cut through years of shame and stress”
Duncan Craig Survivors Manchester: PODS Magazine Volume 3 No 4

The structure of the course is topic based and information giving but with plenty of time for sharing experiences and feelings.

During the course we focus on different aspects of the impact of sexual abuse on us as adults.  We look at how it affects our self image, our relationships, ways out of negative cycles of behaviour and ideas for moving forward to gain better relationships and new hope for the future.

The course is facilitated by a Professional Counsellor and is underpinned with a therapeutic approach. All BACP Ethics apply.

You can access this course in three ways:

In a Women’s Group Setting, One to One in Person, or One to One by Skype.

 

Women’s Group Course:

This course is available as a women’s group in London,

Group sessions are held weekly for one and a half hours. Each group has 6-8 members. This course is run in the Autumn and Spring of each year in a safe and confidential setting in West London with excellent transport links. The course is specifically designed to break the isolation that Survivors can often feel and many courses have led to long lasting friendships being formed.

Benefits of attending the Course in a Women’s Group:

  • Meet other Survivors in a safe caring environment
  • Gain information and empowerment from relevant topics for Survivors
  • Receive support from trained Counsellors/Facilitators
  • Opportunity of forming deep lasting friendships

 

Men and Women One-to-One Course

We also provide the course on a one to one basis for women and also men are very welcome to participate in the course.

Face to Face Counsellors are available in London in different geographic locations and in Surrey just outside London.

We also offer this course via Skype throughout the UK for women and men on a one to one basis

Benefits of attending the Course One-to-One:

  • Gain information and empowerment from relevant topics for Survivors
  • Receive support from a trained Counsellor
  • Focus on the topics most relevant to you in your journey
  • Individual attention on your life today

Please contact us for more details.

 

Course outline plan:

Session One: Introduction And Facing Fantasy

  • What exactly constitutes abuse
  • Difficulties in talking about abuse
  • Escaping into fantasy

 

Session Two: Truth, Lies and Memories

  • Facing the past
  • How memories intrude today
  • Effects of abuse now

 

Session Three: Families And Feelings Of Shame

  • How families go wrong
  • Why we internalise shame
  • Letting the shame go

 

Session Four: Anger And Contempt

  • How we handle our anger
  • Differences between rage and anger
  • Self contempt and other centred contempt

 

Session Five: Powerlessness and Betrayal

  • Damage of powerlessness
  • Relational problems of being betrayed
  • Building good boundaries

 

Session Six: Confusion And Ambivalence

  • Difficulties with partners
  • Sexual struggles
  • Reclaiming sexuality

 

Session Seven: Co-Dependency

  • Co-dependent relationships
  • Emotional enmeshment
  • Developing healthy attachments

 

Session Eight: Pain And Eating Disorders

  • Breaking the cycle of addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Processing pain productively

 

Session Nine: Confrontation And Forgiveness

  • Acknowledging the harm
  • Confronting is your choice
  • Difference between forgiveness and reconciliation

 

Session Ten: Moving Forward

  • New internal messages
  • Looking to the future
  • Finding further support

 

In a recent course:

  • 100% of attendees said they benefitted a lot from the course
  • 100% of attendees said their emotional stability had improved a lot
  • 100% of attendees said their confidence had improved a lot
  • 100% of attendees said their self esteem had improved a lot
  • 50% of attendees said the course had helped improve their relationships a lot
  • 100% of attendees said their negative behaviour patterns had been improved a lot
  • 100% of attendees said they felt much more hopeful since completing the course

 

Comments by people who have attended our past courses:

The Course has directly benefited my whole family”

“Best money I have spent on myself. Should be offered as standard to anyone who comes to counselling / women’s aid/police re sexual assault.”

“The course has been amazing. I feel better educated on a subject that no-one really talked about with me. I feel the information given has been ‘myth-busting’ for me, and I have felt at times incredible relief after such information was given to me. I have felt supported and cared for throughout ….and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I was given. It’s a great starting point in my journey. The course was even better than I could have dreamed of in what I have gained from it.”

“The course created for me a deeper understanding for my healing”

“I found it hugely beneficial …the Facilitator was amazing… I could not have done my journey without her”

“The course was pivotal in my journey of recovery from sexual abuse.”

“The group helped me put in place strategies of self care for the first time.”

“I was able to identify the effects of the abuse and it was such a relief to hear others had been through similar experiences.”

“I found everyone very supportive, empathetic and easy to share experiences with. I also found the coursework very good”

“For anyone considering this course, I could not recommend it enough, even if you have other counselling or have tried other therapies, as there is something very special about how this course works. The only way I can describe how it has helped me, is that I feel like it has given me the combination code to unlock the mess inside that I have been unable to understand. Thanks.”

 

Contact us for further information on this course

This programme is an ACC recognised training course. It is available for people and organisations with counselling experience to run in their own environments. All training and materials are supplied.

Contact us for information on further counselling or courses available