For two sexual abuse victims, painful memories were brought back to the surface.
Sitting in a room with three female counsellors, “Marie” hoped her counselling would help her deal with at least some of the emotional pain caused by the sexual abuse she had endured from the age of nine to 18.
They had begun by saying “all the right things”, she explains.
But looking back on the session now, she feels like she had been in a “place of terror”.
The main practitioner sat so close, she says, that she was able to feel their breath – reigniting memories of past sexual assaults.
“It was very intimidating, my space being invaded,” says Marie.