The Seren Counselling Project, as it was originally called, grew out of a multi-disciplinary forum which formed and met in Aberystwyth in the early 1990s.
This forum included people from a wide range of services and organisations and met regularly to explore how to improve services,(where they existed), and identify resources that were needed but not available, in order to support adults who had experienced sexual abuse in childhood.
In March 1994 a two day training event was organised at St David’s hospital, Carmarthen. The training programme was devised and delivered by the Standing Committee on Sexually Abused Children (SCOSAC). It included an historical perspective on research and professional developments, working with disclosure, post investigation work and support, crisis interventions and therapeutic considerations as well as management and supervision matters, in relation to work with both children and adults. Following this training Seren was formed.
The Seren counselling project was set up by 1995 working in Aberystwyth. In 1997 Lottery funding was secured and a full-time Co-ordinator was appointed.
Over the years, Seren has gradually developed and expanded its services, providing new venues for counselling in Haverfordwest, Cardigan and Carmarthen as well as Aberystwyth. Our counsellors are volunteers. We have provided training events in many parts of Wales, both to the statutory and voluntary sectors, to counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as other professionals.
In addition to one to one counselling for individual clients, training for new counsellors, and peer and group supervision, Seren has, over the years, provided post counselling groups and workshops to clients on our waiting lists. We have a small library of books for the use of clients and counsellors, and for material at conferences and training events.
Unfortunately, as in many others areas, funding has been increasingly difficult to secure, which means that our service has at many times been under threat and severely curtailed. Nevertheless, Seren continues on, attempting to meet the needs of our clients, our counsellors and others by providing high quality counselling and training programmes.