Ruby Gaea provides free, confidential counselling and support to women and children who have experienced sexual assault at any time in their lives.


Counselling is provided by specialist, qualified counsellors, experienced in supporting clients through their individual trauma(s).  Counsellors are able to support people who are suffering recent, past, ongoing and long term effects related to sexual assault.


At Ruby Gaea you are welcome to call us on 8945 0155 about the service before you make your decision to start counselling.  Ruby Gaea offers free counselling, and is run by self referral, a survivor may access our services for as long as required, and it is ok to stop and start counselling.



Are you thinking about seeing a counsellor?


Deciding to work with a counsellor is not easy. It's OK to make enquiries before deciding.

One way is to talk with someone who has been to a counsellor. Many people who have worked on their recovery find counselling to be one part of a whole strategy in healing from sexual assault. Support groups, self-defence, creative expression, spirituality, friendships and support are just some of the areas and activities that may be explored.


A good counsellor is someone who supports you while you help yourself. Regardless of what you get from formal counselling sessions, in the end it's up to you. You are the expert.

It is your right to ask questions about the counsellor's training, counselling methods and prior experience with people who have been sexually assaulted.


Private counsellors and therapists may charge fees. You may want to know what the fees are and if they have a sliding scale.  You may be entitled to a rebate with a GP referral or through your private health insurer.

If you are working with a counsellor and are not getting what you want:

  • you have the right to negotiate until you do get what you want
  • you have the right to look for alternative support

At no time should a counsellor/therapist behave in a sexual way towards you. Remember when you go to counselling you have a right:

  • to be believed
  • to be treated with dignity, respect and understanding
  • to accurate information
  • to confidentiality
  • to make decisions in your own time




The Ruby Gaea community education team provides Sexual Assault Prevention Education (SAPE) to a wide range of audiences including high school students, educators, nurses, police, volunteers, generalist counsellors and GPs to name a few.

Ruby Gaea offers a range of SAPE programmes ranging in duration from one hour to five weekly sessions of 1.5 hours per session.  These include introductory sessions that touch on definitions of sexual assault and related issues, Ruby Gaea's service; Mentors in Violence Prevention; and the Sexual Assault Prevention Program in Secondary Schools, developed by Centre Against Sexual Assault, Victoria

The aim of all the programs is to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills in participants to reduce sexual assault, promote appropriate responses to disclosures of sexual assault and increase community knowledge of services available to survivors and their supporters.

Ruby Gaea strives to conform to the six national standards for SAPE established by the National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence .

The standards include:

  • Using coherent conceptual approaches to program design
  • Demonstrating the use of a theory of change
  • Undertaking inclusive, relevant and culturally sensitive practice
  • Undertaking comprehensive program development and delivery
  • Using effective evaluation strategies
  • Supporting thorough training and professional development of educators




Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) are holding a free workshop in Darwin on Saturday 26th September 2015.  This workshop provides a safe space for people abused or traumatised in childhood.  This workshop will cover the following:

  •  Understand childhood abuse and trauma
  • Learn about your strengths
  • Understand more about the brain
  • Explore strategies to help manage emotions
  • Learn where to find help


Contact ASCA on 02 8920 3611 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register for this workshop.  For more information go to