Talking Therapies / Counselling


Free and Low Cost Counselling in Brighton & Hove

There are a number of free/lost cost talking therapies available in Brighton & Hove outside of the NHS. Please click here for a longer list of local low cost counselling services or alternatively email us for a copy.

  • Young Oasis

    Young Oasis supports children and young people affected by substance misuse in the family and offers a place of safety and support. Services include: therapeutic support (5-18 year olds), young women’s therapy services (18-25), holiday activities (5-14), a crèche and a parenting programme.

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  • National Centre for Eating Disorders

    The National Centre for Eating Disorders offers information, support, counselling and training for those suffering from eating disorders, and help, support and advice for carers and friends.

    Their services include a Helpline, and information on how eating disorders affect men.

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  • Rock Clinic

    ‘The Rock Clinic Association (RCA), a registered charity, is a community of over 120 psychotherapists, counsellors and physical therapists who are able to offer a wide range of therapeutic services over two locations and online for six days a week. The RCA was established in 1990, and continues to be committed to offering low cost and affordable therapy for the local, national and international community

    The Rock has two sites across the city:

    Rock East, 270 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5TA / 01273 621 841 /

    Rock West, 8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG / 01273 326 826 /

    Both Clinics have facilities for individual psychological and physical therapy, with space for group work.  There is full disabled access at Rock West and good disabled access at Rock East.

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  • Sensing Friends

    We are all born but we are not all born the same. Sensing Friends celebrate this, supporting young people to come together and embrace their similarities and differences.

    Sensing Friends offer a range of services that support young people dealing with Sensory needs issues.

    Please visit Community Friendship Project 2020 to find out more about their latest project, make a referral or find out more about how they might be able help a young person who might benefit from their support.

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  • SilverCloud (Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service)

    What is SilverCloud

    SilverCloud is a safe and secure online space offering personalised programmes to help people experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Once registered, you can complete modules chosen by your own online supporter at your own pace, where and when it suits you. You’ll also have access to a variety of tools that help you with setting goals, problem solving and other practical life skills. SilverCloud is a flexible solution – access it anywhere, on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

    Who is it suitable for?

    SilverCloud is suitable for people aged 18 and over. It can help with a wide range of conditions, including depression, stress, social anxiety, health anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder.

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  • Access to talking therapies privately

    There are a number of resources to find qualified counsellors and therapists privately. These therapists will charge for their sessions, however, and it may cost substantially more than counselling and therapy provided by charities.

    BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and UKCP – UK Council for Psychotherapy are organizations whose members have to meet certain professional standards. Their websites can be used to find qualified therapists in your area.

    Sussex Counselling is a directory of counsellors in Sussex. You can search for therapists who are accredited with particular bodies (like BACP or UKCP) or who provide particular kinds of therapy, or are in a particular area.

    Counselling Directory is a directory of counsellors in Sussex. You can search for therapists in your area who provide particular kinds of therapy and/or are a member of a professional body. Every therapist listed must send them copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or be registered with a recognised professional body.

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  • BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)

    If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy BPAS may be able to offer counselling to talk things through and discuss the options available to you. Their website states that they can help you explore all of your options and are not limited to just providing abortion counselling, or termination of pregnancy counselling. BPAS also offer counselling to people who feel they would benefit from talking to a counsellor at any time after an abortion. These services are free to BPAS clients. BPAS may also be able to perform an abortion if you choose this option and it is appropriate to you. You can find out more about their services here.

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  • Break Even

    Breakeven provide free specialist counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling, whether they gamble themselves or are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend. They can provide male or female counsellors, are completely confidential, and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice.

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  • Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

    Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service can provide access to talking therapies, a guided self-help service, and a community support service, which can offer talking therapies and courses to promote wellbeing. This is an NHS service, and is free of charge.

    Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service also offers SilverCloud – free online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), tailored to your specific needs. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress.

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  • Greater Brighton Metropolitan College Counselling Service

    Part of the Student Support Service the free Counselling Service is open to all full and part-time students at the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College).

    Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore personal and emotional issues about any aspect of your life. These issues do not have to be related to college. The counsellor will support you to understand what’s going on for you and to look at ways forward.

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