"Feeling more positive! Able to control my reactions to night terrors/triggering situations. Able to confront situations I would have shied away from in the past".
"Relief to be able to say out loud about my experiences which in itself has helped me come to terms and process my experiences and memories".
"I have felt a huge sense of empowerment throughout the process. It has made me more comfortable and confident/less ashamed of my experiences".
"Having a safe place to come and talk, learning new techniques to help me deal with the past, helping me to move forward with my life".
"I have learnt to like myself"
"Thank you for supporting me when I needed help, you've helped me realise that what happened wasn't my fault and now I feel like I can move on with my life - I finally feel positive about the future".
"I feel like I have a much calmer outlook in how I deal with difficult emotions. It has given me a space to process my experiences safely".
"OMG Yes! For the first time I finally feel that I am getting help".
"I feel I would not have been able to progress without this charity and your help. I am so amazed at feeling this positive and seeing change in myself I never thought I was able to".
"I feel like I'd still be very lost if I hadn't decided to come here".
"A safe space where I don't have to worry about how my recollections of my experience are hurting other people. It has made my relationship with my partner more open and communicative".
"Helped to make sense of things and re-assurance that although he was found non guilty doesn't mean it didn't happen".
"I want to extend my deepest, most heartfelt gratitude to my counsellor for the wonderful counselling I've received. She has utterly restored my faith when I felt no one wanted to help me. Her kindness, patience and gentle guidance has transformed both how I see myself, and how I see the world. I've never felt so respected, valued, or that my voice was heard as I have in my sessions with her. She has given me my life back. I believe it is also testament to the strong feminist values of DRCSAS. Your organisation's commitment to the voices of women is, I think, what makes your services so uniquely valuable at a time in women's lives when they feel most disempowered. Thank you".
"Letting me go at my own pace and not feeling rushed. Also, being seen as a whole person and not just a cluster of symptoms".
"This service has helped in many ways - building strength to walk through the door, picking up the phone was huge and being welcomed into a caring, safe environment was the start of my next chapter".
"It has helped me move forward. I have been able to leave my house and go out. I can now do things I never thought I would be able to do again".
"I can trust. Where I am not judged. Talking more in depth about my past and feelings. Being able to trust someone to say that. Feeling like I can cope more, I can offload and deal with things".
"It has helped me be able to move on with what happened to me and start enjoying life".