Family Sexual Abuse Counselling

Young women uses individual counselling

The effects of sexual abuse vary for each individual and the healing process is often unique for each survivor. At Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County you receive the individual attention your experiences require in a safe, professional, and confidential counselling atmosphere.

There is no right or wrong way to feel after experiencing sexual violence. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should seek out professional help to support you along your healing journey.

You can expect to meet privately with a clinician and establish a plan together that is suited to meets your needs. Your well-being is our primary concern and the extent to which you share details about your experiences is at your own discretion. You will not be forced to talk about experiences you are not comfortable with or that may cause significant distress.


Witnesses of sexual abuse are often hesitant to seek help for themselves since they can feel a significant amount of guilt and shame regarding their action or inaction. Though the experience of a witness may differ from that of a sexual abuse survivor, there are still many ways it can deeply impact your mental and emotional health; most notably through the impact of traumatic memories. At Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County we recognize the impact of both observed and lived traumatic events and we are committed to promoting your well-being in a safe, professional, and confidential counselling atmosphere.

There is no right or wrong way to feel after witnessing sexual violence. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should seek out professional help to support you along your healing journey.

You can expect to meet privately with a clinician and establish a plan together that is suited to meets your needs. Your well-being is our primary concern and the extent to which you share details about your experiences is at your own discretion. You will not be forced to talk about experiences you are not comfortable with or that may cause significant distress.

Common symptoms include:

  • Diminished self-esteem
  • Feelings of shame
  • Humiliation
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Helplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shock
  • Disbelief
  • You may feel disconnected from self and others
  • You may feel frozen or numb
  • You may feel loss or grief
  • You may have mood swings
  • Hyper-alertness
  • Flashbacks
  • Fear of being alone
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with negative thoughts or emotions.

At Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County we recognize the impact of both observed and lived traumatic events and we are committed to promoting your well-being in a safe, professional, and confidential counselling atmosphere.

If you are interested in our sexual abuse counselling programs please contact us at (705) 726.2503, or toll free at (888) 726.2503, or by clicking here.
To find out how to prepare for your first visit, click here.

ORILLIA

9:30am – 3:30pm

169 Front Street South

BRADFORD

11:00 am to 5:30 pm

118 Barrie Street

MIDLAND

10:30am – 4:30pm

845 King Street Unit 4

BARRIE

12:00pm – 7:00pm (Office is closed between 4:30pm - 5:30pm)

20 Anne Street South

BRACEBRIDGE

12:30pm – 6:30pm

173 Manitoba Street, Suite 202

BARRIE

12:00pm – 7:00pm (Office is closed between 4:30pm - 5:30pm)

20 Anne Street South

HUNTSVILLE

10:30am - 4:30pm

10 Main Street East

COLLINGWOOD

9:30am - 3:30pm

199 Cambell Street