Pre -trial therapy is counselling that a witness who is going through the Criminal Justice process with the potential of a trial will be offered.
Before you give evidence you will be asked not to discuss it in depth with anyone, so pre-trial therapy is a limited style of counselling, which means that you are emotionally supported but not encouraged to speak about the incident, as it is considered that this could potentially influence how you will give evidence
In the same way as any counselling or therapy, you will have the same counsellor at regular appointments. You can look at self-esteem issues, thoughts and feelings you are experiencing now, issues in your relationships with partners, friends or families. You can discuss coping strategies for dealing with what has happened to you.
You may reach a point when you feel that you need the therapy to go deeper and discuss the details; at this point it is better to put the counselling on hold. You can still access the support from the ISVA and resume the counselling after the trial, or if the case does not go to court. Occasionally counselling notes may be requested for court. You will be asked to give your consent to the notes being shared.