Podcast summary

Episode 4 In conversation with Shirley Smith from Safeline

Shirley tells us about how she came to counselling and later trained as a person-centred psychotherapist.

Shirley has worked in the Criminal Justice service and with the Lucy Faithful Foundation. Shirley currently works at Safeline as a counsellor and clinical supervisor.

Janet and Shirley talk about the work that Shirley has done with perpetrators and with people who have suffered sexual abuse.

They talk about denial, the importance of feelings and about the healing journey.

Shirley shares some thoughts about the Finkelhor Model

Janet talks about this model in her blog, “Why me?”

Shirley talks about abuse, power and the shifting of shame from the perpetrator to the victim.

The journey to recovery from child sexual abuse is long and painful. However you choose to find support and help on that journey, it is worth it. There is hope for recovery.

Thank you for listening.

About The Author


Janet lives in Warwickshire, in the UK. She has put this website together to share her experiences of being sexually abused as a child, the effects of that abuse, and her journey to recovery.