Therapies and counselling

We can help you work towards freedom from the psychological stress of domestic abuse and violence; freedom from trauma, unhelpful thoughts, anger, self-blame, anxiety and depression.

  • Have you or your children experienced domestic violence or abuse?
  • Are you a young person affected by domestic violence or abuse in your family or relationship?
  • Would you or your children like to work through your experiences in a safe and confidential space?

We can offer you emotional support and practical advice to help you move forwards.

Referral to our clinical and counselling services

You can refer yourself into the service by calling our helpline on 01273 622 822. Please say that you are interested in a referral to the Therapy Service.

Please be aware that there is a significant waiting list for the Therapy Service due to high demand.

The Therapy Service will offer you an assessment to explore your needs and discuss whether you might benefit from therapy at RISE. Occasionally we may offer to refer you to another service if they would be better placed to support you.

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domestic abuse crimes recorded by Sussex police in 2020/21

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Assessment for therapy

Assessments generally take around an hour. An experienced psychotherapist will assess your psychotherapeutic needs and suitability for therapy. They will ask some questions, discuss the terms and conditions for confidentiality, and fees. If you are suitable for therapy and feel that it's the right time for you to proceed, you will be allocated a therapist.

Types of therapy

Our practitioners deliver a range of therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, humanistic, person-centred, existential and Gestalt therapies. We also have experienced play and art therapists for children.

The type of therapy offered will be in accordance with the clinical assessment of needs, and in line with best practice recommendations or National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

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Individual therapy is usually a series of fifty-minute sessions, taking place once a week over a 12 week period.

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Fees and payment

Our clinical and counselling services cost far less than therapy in local low-cost clinics. Our fees are on a sliding scale, and we won't prevent anyone accessing therapy if they can't make a nominal contribution to the cost of their therapy.

Young people aged 13-16 who refer themselves into the Child and Adolescent Therapy Service aren't expected to pay fees for their therapy. Parents of children aged 5-12 will be asked for a small contribution towards the cost of the sessions.

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From start to finish I think the service and people are fantastic. It’s been life changing! M is amazing and thanks to you also for being brilliant through the process
Anonymous user of our Therapy Service


We have therapists experienced in working with children, young people and adults with special educational needs or learning disabilities, as well as practitioners who are experienced in working therapeutically with LGBT+ and BME communities.

Counselling Availability

There is a waiting list for individual RISE Counselling Services. The waiting list is currently open.

To apply for counselling please contact our Helpline by calling our helpline on 01273 622 828.

Areas of therapeutic focus

Our practitioners and therapists work with a broad range of issues, psychological needs and clinical disorders connected to experiences of domestic violence and abuse.

These include experiences of:

  • Violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Intimate terrorism (psychological and emotional abuse)
  • Coercive control
  • Stalking and cyber-stalking

Trauma, including:

  • Complex trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)

Some of our other specific areas of therapeutic focus include:

  • Depression or low mood
  • Panic, anxiety or stress
  • Unhelpful thoughts, memories or ‘flashbacks’
  • Lowered self esteem
  • Self-blame and self-harm
  • Building resilience and strength
  • Psycho-education for understanding and personal safety