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“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
STEPS is a peer support group for survivors of sexual violence or sexual abuse. STEPS is a voluntary service available to survivors who are either, waiting for counselling, receiving counselling, have completed their counselling or indeed may not be ready for counselling but still wish to be supported.
STEPS is a confidential space where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences. STEPS values your wellbeing and strives to empower you with the tools necessary for the future.
Following the aftermath of sexual abuse, STEPS aim is to provide you with a safe social space to explore a number of ways to become stronger, stay in control, build self esteem and confidence.
At a STEPS group you will gain support by connecting with your peers, our volunteers, and regular guest speakers.
During the monthly group session, you will be impartially supported through group discussions, speakers and workshops, e.g. how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help as positive coping strategies.
We are professional Counsellors and Volunteers who will support you through the facilitation of the groups.*
At STEPS we encourage survivors to participate in the running of the group, for example by suggesting topics they might like to explore.
We will provide a warm welcome to everyone, along with refreshments of course!
STEPS is for the survivors, supported by the survivors. STEPS is you! We are together.
*Please note we are unable to provide counselling sessions at STEPS group meetings.
Call STEPS landline on 01962 864433 or mobile on 07756 179353 – please leave a message and we will get back to you.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings will be held in Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Fareham and Havant.
No. Separate sessions will be held for our Male and Female survivors.
Parking will be available either onsite or nearby.
There is no joining fee, just a £5 donation when attending a session.
All personal data will be securely kept in a locked cabinet with only limited access by the STEPS team.
The STEPS team is made up of committed and experienced professionals. The current team’s details are listed below.
Caroline joined us in 2017. She has a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and is an experienced counsellor having worked specifically with Under 25’s in her role at No Limits.
Caroline has experience of working with victims of sexual violence and child protection from her work within public services. She also now provides Animal Assisted Therapy as well as working with our STEPS service.
Leita joined RASAC in May 2018 and has a BA (Hons) in Person Centred counselling.
Leita has a lot of experience of counselling loss and trauma, and has also begun working on our STEPS service in addition to her regular role as a counsellor with us, she usually works with us on Thursdays.
Bev joined RASAC in May 2019 and will be working on our new STEPS support programme, she has been working as a rape crisis counsellor for the last three years.
Bev is has a qualified person centred counsellor and is currently working towards a BA (Hons) in Integrative and Humanistic counselling.
Available 24 hours